"Countless Ways" is a song of loss, a performance where the empty RSVP seats in a concert hall are lovers lost to memory. “Don’t pick up when I call” is that one-sided ending we all know too well. “Like you somehow appear” as a ghost, a phantom limb, that empty expectation of an impossible return as if from the dead.
The song divides into two major parts. In the first, the narrator goes from a dark longing to attempting acceptance: “I hope that you’re well” -- but your photos “can and do tell me that you’re longing”. By that halftime switch in the middle. we are cast far away as if in the audience ourselves being told to sing along.
"Sing it to the empty seats / When we sing they’re not gone."
Here he seems to come to full terms with the loss, the changes after a relationship are internalized and mutual. The song would conclude. but instead it pretty much starts over, but this time the duration is shorter, paralleling the process of acceptance.
In the age of social media we have “countless ways” to miss someone, to drive ourselves into the past with repetition and longing. Loss has never been harder, more public, more ruminative..
Brooklyn-based Trevor Gittelman has always had a revivalist sensibility, starting by singing for a classic/alt-rock cover band at 14 favoring music by Zeppelin, Radiohead and Muse. He had a knack for imitation but developed a more personal tenor style through college. His music production studies began during chronic illness in high school and college, the time he would spend alone recovering was also spent learning about sound design, arrangement and composition. Studying music composition and working with film scores he developed minimalist electronic music and dense psychedelic/hard rock in his home studio.
Gittelman gathered an ensemble around the solo project Van Vega in early 2014 and won Hofstra University’s battle of the bands. This performance with Phony Ppl and X Ambassadors gained the band a following, but inner band conflict caused the group to split. Van Vega has reformed in its third incarnation today but the vast solo productions accumulated over that long hiatus is now being released and performed as the one man show known as Trevor Forrest.
Gittelman's performances range from minimal acoustic to maximalist laptop productions. He uses a TC Helicon Voicelive 3 to achieve harmonies live and uses looping to create dense arrangements. His performances are intimate, psychedelic, and wide-ranging in style.
This self-produced EP is the first work by Go Ask Alice: eight instrumental tracks, composed between 2012 and 2013, recorded and mixed by Matteo Spinazzé, in collaboration with Curzio Ferri playing drums and Andrea Oggiano with his acoustic guitar. Perfection is terrible is the first verse of Sylvia Plath's poem "The Munich Mannequins". "Perfection" here is completeness, closure, inability to evolve and reborn, perfection is death. Perfection is indeed terrible, can't have a child, just as Plath's Munich Mannequins, cold marble statues, beautiful and perfect, frozen with us in a never ending present, the immense futureless present of the "capitalist realism": the end of history.
autoclub's musical aspirations began early. "My parents handed me a cheap guitar when I was seven years old. No lessons or anything, they just gave me the instrument to explore. I am so grateful for this, as I imagine that maybe if my parents had pushed me to take lessons first thing, I may not have been so open to the instrument. As you may have guessed, the guitar and I became quick friends and I spent a lot of my time noodling and figuring out my own chords. I didn't write my first real song that had a structure to it until I was 15 and used chords that I taught myself by ear from popular songs I was listening to at the time."
autoclub will be releasing two new singles within the next month, in addition to "Bring You Back", which follows up the single "Cat". I don't want to reveal too much about the songs themselves, but I will say recording them was some of the most fun I've had," autoclub says. "On the surface, someone listening might think, "Sure, this is a nice groove" but there is so much more recorded in the tracks that you could pick out by listening to the songs more than once. I'm talking about funky staccato guitar riffs, underlying vocalizations, and weird sounds made with odd instruments. I truly hope someone out there listening enjoys the songs as much as I enjoyed recording them."
New Jersey's Blood Cultures conjures majestic pop fireballs and zaps your senses with dreamy, summery synth sounds evident in the debut album release "Happy Birthday." Washed Out's ethereal vocals meets Neon Indian's fuzzed out synth sounds in the 12-track release that's so far seen the success of singles including "Indian Summer," "Moon," and "Detroit."
"Happy Birthday" is officially out tomorrow and be sure to catch Blood Cultures' debut live performance at Rough Trade NYC on August 9th.
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.
Recently, NAAL released a brand new studio effort, A703, in its deluxe edition.
This release marks the artist’s debut and this deluxe version is another significant musical milestone for the project, who is quickly gaining positive receptions and support from critics and audiences alike.
The seven tracks featured on the album have a surrealistic sonic signature, with a cinematic atmosphere that ranges from uplifting brightness to eerie darkness.
The melodic drones that fuel many of the songs seem to bleed into one another. The apparent stillness of this music is actually far from being a lack of motion: every song evolves slowly, as the drone acquires more harmonic, different texture characteristics, new octaves and even new tonal directions. These lush instrumental compositions are deceptively simple, yet the production aesthetics are rich and full of beautiful layers. The stunning artwork cover also deserves a mention here. The minimalistic approach to design reflects the understated musical compositions that you will find in this release.
The Deluxe edition of this work features a few extra add-ons and surprises for fans and new listeners alike.
Through the project’s official website, there are a wide variety of packages to choose from, ranging from digital downloads to cassette tapes and cool t-shirts, and any combination of the above. The cassette tape edition is super-limited and completely DIY, available in 50 copies made especially by the artist on high-grade equipment. Buyers will also receive other cool content, such as unique pictures, thank you notes and more.
A703 strikes for its cohesive vision, dark ambiance and great production values. This release is remarkable because it definitely pays a sincere tribute to the group’s influences, yet starkly affirms his own personality and approach.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.