Seattle-based singer-songwriter Taylor Pearlstein has released her brand new EP Perfect Blue.
Perfect Blue tells a disorienting story of self-delusion, reality weaving, and over-romanticizing to the edge of our own destruction and misery. This five-track EP wastes no time diving deep into our dark desire to be wanted, purely and perfectly. With intentionally oversaturated and distorted orchestration shifted against an exposing reality, we struggle to parse reality from fabrication.
The EP was produced by Carson Graham, mixed by Ryan Kelly, and mastered by Oscar Zambrano.
Discussing the new EP, Pearlstein shares:
“These songs were born in a chapter of my life before my fever broke. Since childhood, I have been a craftsman at distorting matters of the heart to survive the currents of my own oceans. ‘I see the world through storms I brew… I build a place of Perfect Blue.’ I think we are all more powerful than we may know when it comes to writing the narratives we need to be true. These songs come from the deepest parts of my own lived heartache. Though at the time I had no perspective to see what I see now. They were depths I had carved out myself, in stories I had spun all alone.
“Carson Graham and I recorded in one summer evening in Brooklyn. Nearly all of the vocals and guitar you hear are one take in that studio. ‘What Gave’ was a true single take. I originally wrote that song in the early morning out of a dream at 6:45 am, and recorded it right then. I think of that morning as the morning my fever broke. I wanted to capture that same nakedness and exhaustion in the EP.
“We decided to keep the studio door open to street sounds; we even went so far as to place a microphone in the doorway. We wanted to have control over how present that noise of reality was at any given moment in the experience of the story. Especially at the end, we wanted this to bring a feeling of surrender and clarity.
“I am responsible for the kalimba and guitar, and the piano in the final track ‘What Gave.’ Carson is responsible for the rest. His string orchestrations romance, the slide guitar rents. There is no reprieve in this story until the finale. Some who hear this story will recognize their own Perfect Blue. And those who do know what an exhausting story it is to tell. There is nowhere to rest or hide from ourselves when we watch it back.”
Perfect Blue Track Listing:
2. Back Away
3. Pour Over
4. The Difference
5. What Gave
Joseph Luca Drops Second Installment of EP Series ‘PART 2: Ouroboros (Death)’
Joseph Luca has shared the newest installment in his three-part EP series, ‘PART 2: Ouroboros (Death),’ out now via ONErpm.
Joseph Luca has shared the newest installment in his three-part EP series, PART 2: Ouroboros (Death), out now via ONErpm. The new five-track project follows last year’s entry, PART 1: Ouroboros (Life).
Via PART 2: Ouroboros (Death), Luca embarks on an introspective odyssey, navigating a profound shift from idealism to realism amidst the intricate realms of Love, Loss, Life, and Death. This segment unfurls as a deeply personal expedition, charting Joseph’s inner struggles and triumphs within a complex tapestry of emotions and experiences.
At the core of Luca’s journey lies a series of poignant moments, where the collision of his ideals with life’s stark truths serves as the beginning catalyst for deep self-reflection. His once unyielding idealistic perspective begins to fracture when confronted with the profound depths of life’s challenges.
It’s a journey steeped in introspection, where Joseph confronts deep-seated fears, insecurities, and long-held beliefs, leading him toward an unburdened and authentic self. Ultimately, “Ego Death” surfaces as a central theme in PART 2: Ouroboros (Death). Luca undergoes a profound shedding of outdated perceptions and attachments, cultivating a newfound resilience rooted in the acceptance of life’s impermanence. This theme highlights the intricate dance between upheaval and personal growth, emphasizing the immense capacity within individuals not just to endure but ideally, to evolve.
PART 2: Ouroboros (Death) Track Listing:
1. I Can Pull You Up
3. Just Go
4. Dirty Laundry
5. My Best Dancing Shoes
Three Second Kiss Releasing First LP in Twelve Years via Overdrive Records
Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years, the band sets out to release their newest LP, From Fire I Save The Flame later this year.
This is not a self-celebratory message. This is not a reunion. This is not even a proper press kit. These lines are just to communicate details related to the production of a record. Because Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years with a new work. An infinite amount of time when compared to the times of the contemporary music market. A chasm. But what was up to Three Second Kiss?
“In fact, we never stopped.” comments the band, talking about what is about to become the new chapter in their career. Twelve years between their previous: “Nine tracks that do not pick up the band’s musical discourse where it was left off. At least to our ears it doesn’t sound the way we were.” stress the members of Three Second Kiss.
As active as the trio was initially, in 1993, Three Second Kiss is happy to share the details of their signing announcement:
“We are happy that this album is coming out on Overdrive Records. We believe that the people who work there are driven by a sincere passion for the most direct and incisive music. We got to know some members of this family and we think we share the same musical history; we grew up with the same sounds and a sincere and unmediated attitude towards the musical world.”
After all, the time issue has never been a concern for Three Second Kiss, who has always operated autonomously and independently. This time, however, time has run fast. And there is not much to say about that. The members stress:
“These are the pains (many) and joys of adult life. We stopped when life forced us to stop. We regained purpose and cohesion when environmental circumstances and harmony got flowing again. And from the chasm, we have risen again.”
Bayside Announces ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ Due April 5th
Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive.’
Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive. The highly anticipated record serves as a follow-up to their dynamic 2019 release, Interrobang, and features tracks from the previously released The Red and The Blue EPs as well as six brand new songs. These new songs see the band continue to captivate with a mix of introspective storytelling and a powerful blend of punk, rock, and metal. There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive is set to leave an indelible mark on the music scene, solidifying Bayside’s position as one of the most influential bands of their generation.
On the new single, frontman Anthony Raneri shares:
“We just wanted to write a ripper that keeps you on your toes. The chant was a melody that I kept humming to myself when I was walking my dogs. I put some words to it and we were going to use it as a bridge. We loved it so much we thought the song had to start that way.”
Fans can hear new music live for the first time on Bayside’s forthcoming North American headline tour. The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour, kicking off on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, features support from Finch, Armor For Sleep, and Winona Fighter.
“We’re so excited to be touring with a couple of real pioneers in this genre. It’s been close to 20 years since we played a show with either band. So excited to finally run it back.”
Additional stops on The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour include Baltimore, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and more. Tickets, including VIP packages, are on sale now at: www.baysidebayside.com.
April 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
April 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 6 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
April 10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 12 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 13 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
April 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
April 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
April 19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
April 21 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Events Center
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 1 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +
May 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +
May 5 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner +
+ – Indicates no Winona Fighter
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