This cast has been upping the game every month with their incredible performances. This was the 3rd straight sell out and it’s not going to stop anytime soon. The last Thursday of every month @ The Clock Out Lounge on Beacon Hill.
In an effort to keep creating new and unique content for Clock Out Lounge, I often reach out to artists prior to their shows, so I can get footage or a few promo photos to use in my marketing campaigns. In this case, I’d reached out to somesurprises about a month ago and we were finally able to make something happen in the week before the show. I set up run & gun style in their practice space and let them start setting up, while I filmed clips of the process. As any musician would do, Natasha and Josh began noodling away on their instruments and I became witness to some of the tunes from their new, self-titled record that’s set to be released on vinyl at their show this Friday.
After completing my filming and a brief photo shoot, I went home and received an email w/ the entire new record, so that I could choose a song to accompany the promo video I’d made. Having an early chance to dive into the record, I have to say that it’s an absolutely mesmerizing piece of music. The perfect soundtrack to the late summer days that lead into a crisp and gorgeous autumn. If you’ve heard the lead single “High Rise”, then you've gotten a solid mix of the dynamic range that the band is capable of producing as the track meanders (at first) through a melancholy field, before picking up intensity almost as if being chased through a canopied forest, before winding itself back down to the track’s close.
Natasha’s breathy and haunting vocals bring to mind kindred spirits in Lana Del Rey or Daughter, while musically the compositions take on a shoegaze-lite type of sound. Only two songs clock in at under 4 minutes long, with the longest taking you on an 8 minute wall-of-sound journey that never once causes you to look at your watch or skip ahead. It’s the type of album that needs to be heard in a live setting equally as much as it needs to be played in vinyl format. Personal favorites off of the record so far are “Late July”, “Airport” and “Cherry Sunshine”, which all lend themselves to the colliding of the seasons vibe that I’d mentioned before. This isn’t just a collection of songs that were put together to make an album. It’s a conscious effort of creation that all fits together perfectly like a puzzle, with that last piece being so satisfying when you finally are able to fit it in. I can easily see this album being one that I go back to repeatedly.