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1st Base Runner Is Again With a Beautiful New EP and Video

1st Base Runner Is Again With a Beautiful New EP and Video

1st Base Runner Is Back With a Stunning New EP and Video

After having adopted him for 2 years and thru a lot of permutations of releases, one factor we at YEDM can say about 1st Base Runner (Tim Husmann) is he by no means ceases to shock. By no means skimping on high quality, the Austin songwriter and producer has run by means of a great deal of types and subgenres, to not point out labels, launch constructions and distro. Now settled on his personal Memento Sound imprint, His newest EP Gentle Roars continues to be stuffed with a great deal of surprises, completely different types and heavy emotion.

1st Base Runner is a type of artists who can discover and experiment to his coronary heart’s need however nonetheless in some way have a definite core model, and that’s undoubtedly what we see on Gentle Roars. Vacillating between a type of grungy model of The Treatment and Tom Waits submit punk, with a heavy dose of creepy dream pop (suppose post-Crystal Castles Alice Glass), this EP incorporates shock after shock for followers whereas nonetheless being unflinchingly 1st Base Runner.

The aptly named EP opener “Within the Starting” has an eerie and minimal opening earlier than heavy, theatrical drums introduce that Treatment nod with Fascination Road-model guitars and sound design. As at all times, the tough, heady vocals add a little bit of grunge or Tom Waits to the combination, and transitioning into the far more open and organic-sounding “Pushing Away,” the Waits comparability holds extra weight for this specific EP. The submit punk is heavy (triple pun rating!) with this observe, the sound design open and empty and even a bit deadened within the drums, although they nonetheless have that complexity to tie into the primary tune.

But anther shock comes with “Lifeless Wooden,” as some surf rock/psychobilly peeks by means of within the guitars and type of creates a sense of driftwood, particularly when the observe transitions from largely minimal rock to a fuller, extra digital vibe by way of some well-placed synths and sound design. 1st Base Runner has a singular method of protecting the EDM in his work, even when its at its most acoustic and seemingly sonically sparse, and each “Lifeless Wooden” and its successor, the evenly pop-y “Give Up the Finish” are nice examples of this.

Gentle Roars closes with the contemplative “Planter,” for which 1st Base Runner as soon as once more teamed up with inventive director Gilly Dent, who’s well-known, in fact, for his work with Radiohead on the “King of Limbs” and labored on two different movies with Husmann, the animated masterpiece “Break Even” and the IMDB-worthy “Man Overboard.” Following the acoustic-morphed-electronic timeline of the observe, the video for “Planter” begins off hyper-real, with grainy, black and white closeup photographs of Husmann. The shorts distort increasingly more because the observe goes on, nonetheless, shifting with the emotion of the music and lyrics. The message appears to be like to be tied up in self-perception, making selections about who one needs to be each in life and within the music trade, and the emotional weight that carries. The video actually drives these factors dwelling in stark, nearly excruciating realism. An ideal visible illustration of the observe.

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The rawness of 1st Base Runner’s work allways stands out, as does his ability with model and manufacturing. Gentle Roars is each a continuation of that rawness and an growth of it into completely different types and new sound design to connote even deeper and extra complicated emotions. That is probably as a result of he feels freer to create what he needs together with his personal label and distro, or just the following step in what has already been a captivating musical journey for this mission, however both method Husmann’s emitional honesty and ability are as soon as once more the largest surprises for his rising viewers.

Gentle Roars is out now and might be streamed on Spotify or bought on Bandcamp or the Memento Sound web site. For extra of 1st Base Runner’s movies, try his YouTube channel.

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