"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.
Wake Child began with a couple of friends playing music. Danny Silberstein and Terrell Hines were helping Austin Max rehearse for a class performance he had the following day. All three attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Danny, a singer-songwriter in the Laurel Canyon mold, had just released a solo EP titled Static Noise and Other Miscellaneous Sounds. He wanted to collaborate with Austin Max, a Tennessee native. Austin is the rare guitar virtuoso who plays off-the-cuff, never totally content with a written or unwritten riff. They had invited Terrell Hines to help them practice for Austin’s class performance the next day. Terrell is a former gospel drummer with a core of technical knowledge that expands as he plays, into the realm of his stylistic influences: psychedelic jazz and modern trap.
Austin and Danny started to play their song’s intro, lightly strumming their guitars. When it came time for Terrell to jump in, he played a sixteenth-triplet trap rhythm, providing a propulsive backbeat and transforming the song. Austin kept playing, but Danny couldn’t keep up, laughing in amazement and putting down his guitar. He was blown away by the feeling and the sound of the band dynamic he could already vividly envision.
It took a few months to convince the others, but Danny knew right away; this was a band and this band would be named Wake Child. As a trio, Wake Child synthesizes the hometowns of California, Georgia and Tennessee into a melting pot of Psych/R&B brilliance.
The track was recorded live in the remains of an old Masonic Temple in Boston, MA. The temple's mystical aura helped the band infuse "Hangup Blues" with a sense of isolation and magic, as the song's outro explodes in a psychedelic mist of lovelorn confusion.
“Blinding Sights (Left Me Cold in the Night)” is off Yellow House's brand new EP, 'A Carnival of Fears', which chronicles the severe juxtaposition of expectation and reality in young adulthood. It is an intimate journey through the first contact with love, alienation, disillusion and politics. Emile van Dango (aka Yellow House) wrote, produced, and performed the album's tracks in his home studio by himself.
Compiled through years of home recording and writing, 'A Carnival of Fears' is an "all scars bared" approach to detailing a young musicians journey from teenage folky, to the fruition of a young man settled firmly in his unique unapologetic vision.
Yellow House is the recording project of Cape Town based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Emile van Dango. After years of venturing through the endless genre waves which flood the Cape Town music scene, yet never quite feeling at home, Emile instead opted to dream up his own unique universe.
Yellow House serves as the embodiment of all that Emile could sink his teeth into during his formative years as a young songwriter and producer. Having spent a couple years honing his craft as a folk musician, Yellow House carves out a broader space, a home of artistic experimentation and endless possibility -- a haven which currently exists as the headquarters for Emile’s new dream-pop/psych-soul visions.
The video for AIDA 's single “Let’s Ride” is now out. "The video was able to come to life because of the amazing crew from La maison baldman. When I first heard the instrumental for this song, I immediately pictured myself riding down the beach. I saw palm trees, funky neon colors and me in a red corvette. This record which is a part of my very first EP entitled “My Retrospective”, is nothing else but a party in musical form. "
Astro Tan is a three-piece out of Portland, Oregon, who hail from opposing corners of the continent; they call rural Pennsylvania, urban Seattle, and remote Alaska their homes, respectively. Perhaps their trans-continental allows for what is a genre-bending songbook that places foot in no strict stylistic camp. Primary songwriting responsibilities oscillate between Charles Tern and Sam Wegman (bass and guitars) and an exacting drummer in Jed Overly (also a songwriter). Astro Tan is freshly attune to their creative ambitions, ostensibly due to a mélange of classic and contemporary influences. 'Soma', the freshman effort from the group, demonstrated a keen affinity for lush R&B, soft-jazz and psychedelia. Their latest, just-released album, 'Canary', brings this to the next level with moody orchestral additions.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
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.