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April 11, 2017 — “Blurred” by Voices from Deep Below

Voices from Deep Below

If you only listen to one song today, make it “Blurred” by Voices from Deep Below (2017, from the album I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear).

Voices From Deep below is a shoegaze/dreampop/post-rock recording project of Dale Humphries. He’s a Londoner who relocated to NYC several years ago and has been recording as Voices from Deep Below since. I wrote about this project once before a couple of years ago here, and since He’s just released the fifth album, here we are again.

On the other records, Humphries did most, if not all, of the work. On this one, there’s a full band credited, but I think we still talk about Humphries and the band interchangeably.

Although I haven’t been writing much lately, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth and I am trying to pay attention to the mailbag. This one came from the mailbag, which is bulging with unread messages and audio files. I’ll get to that some day.

From what I’ve heard, the previous stuff has some ambient edges and I was reminded just a bit of lovesliescrushing and things of that ilk. On this new one, there’s much more noise. Less pillows. More bricks. Also, the other records have songs of “standard” running times. Most are in the five-minute neighbourhood. The new record has just five songs, and they’re all “long”. Today’s song clocks in at 8:48, and it’s the shortest of the lot.

There’s plenty of the aforementioned “noise” and “bricks”, but there’s also some intermittent softness and serenity. It’s not completely devoid of pillows. Although I’m listening on headphones, I’m sure this is fantastic when played loudly through real speakers.

“Blurred” by Voices from Deep Below

I like the vocals, which are provided by Gioia Lea Gerber, and I like some of the Slowdive-esque guitar bits, but I really like the bits that get really loud. All the different layers upon layers of fuzz and heavily affected guitars at 7:01. That’s my favourite part.

As is the case with the other Voices from Deep Below releases, you can download I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear completely free of charge via Bandcamp here.

January 25, 2017 — “New York” by Peter Silberman

Peter Silberman

Peter Silberman

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “New York” by Peter Silberman (2017, from the forthcoming album Impermanence)

Peter Silberman is an ambient indie rocker from Brooklyn. You probably know him as the front man of The Antlers. The Antlers was a full band, but the first two records (2006’s Uprooted and 2007’s In The Attic of the Universe) were just solo projects for Silberman. The 2009 album Hospice received universal critical acclaim, but it came out during a point in my life when I wasn’t listening to or buying very many new releases. I heard about Hospice during a snowstorm in January of 2010, and I immediately fell in love with it. If I had made a year-end list in 2009, it would have been very near the top spot.

I’ve liked everything else by The Antlers, but Hospice remains my clear favourite of theirs.

As I was researching the upcoming new releases this winter, I was surprised to see that Silberman had a solo record coming out. I had high expectations, and the two songs that I’ve heard from the six-song album have exceeded my expectations.

There’s no denying that Silberman sounds a bit like Jeff Buckley, and he certainly does here:

“New York” by Peter Silberman

The softly played guitar bit plays gently off Silberman’s falsetto, and the “horns” and other stuff join in nicely. It’s all very quiet, and that’s on purpose. He says that the whole album is about the ever-changing face of the city he calls home. More importantly, though, it’s about the changes he’s going through. He had to stop playing music for a while after he suffered significant hearing impairment in his left ear and chronic tinnitus. He says that even the sound of his own voice reverberating in his head was painful. After some time, though, he was able to slowly work his way back to working. In an interview with NPR last year he said:

What I found was that if I sang very quietly and if I played guitar very quietly that this would be a path for me.

This is indeed a bit quieter than the stuff we’re used to hearing from The Antlers. So quiet, in fact, that you can practically hear the room tone. I don’t know if he’s still using the “bedroom recording” technique, but it sort of sounds that way. And we like it.

It’s a stunning song on what promises to be a fantastic album.

There’s a video for the song, which features a bunch of “found” archival footage of people in New York.

Impermanence will be released on February 24 via ANTI- Records. You can pre-order it on vinyl here. Alternately, you can pre-order a digital copy of the album via Bandcamp here. If you pre-order the digital download, you’ll immediately get the first two songs “Karuna” and “New York”.

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