Welcome to spring and our first group of new releases!
The first is the new debut album by Alexander Carson, the frontman and primary composer of Wooden Arms. His new downtempo and hauntingly gorgeous album "Ellipsism" is out now on all major platforms. This Friday, April 19th, the new single from Fauvely, "What the Living Do", comes out. A vivid catharsis of loss and grief, its atmospheric arrangement is built around Sophie's vulnerable and beautiful voice that modulates between soft-spoken and soaring. Finally, we have Pete Mancini's new album "Flying First Class" out on May 3rd. For his sophomore solo album, Pete returns with another batch of honestly crafted songs that depict modern life in America, supported by a diverse group of musicians and collaborators. You can pre-order it now on major platforms or direct from Diversion Records.
Our featured video is the interactive dance performance video "Divergent" by Reliant Tom. Choreographed by Claire Cuny of Reliant Tom and directed, shot and edited by Nick Zoulek, the video is an edited live performance of their hybrid music and dance piece that makes use of light controllers and sound design.
For our interview section, Lily Wellen has a chat with Chelsea Foss-Ralston of Little Church about the band and their new upcoming EP.
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NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES
The debut album by Wooden Arms frontman, Alex Carson. A downtempo and haunting examination of existence.
Catharsis through loss and grief, rising with Sophie's haunting and soaring vocals.
Pre-Order/Save - Out 4/19
Pete's storyteller portrait of modern American life, with a diverse group of musical collaborators.
Pre-Order - Out 5/3
Reliant Tom's new interactive dance performance video.
Directed, shot and edited by Nick Zoulek
Chelsea Foss-Ralston of Little Church
Q: Tell us about your musical journey. From when you got together to now.
A: The Little Church journey is one that has constantly been evolving. Originally we had got together to make Little Church a recording project since Christian, Khori, and I were part of other projects. We played a couple of gigs to get our feet wet before recording and quickly kept getting more show offers, so we kept playing. Before we knew it we were an actual “band” in our community.
Q: How did you all know that you had the musical chemistry to make Little Church work?
A: I think that we knew we had the chemistry to make Little Church work because the songwriting element doesn’t feel like “work” at all. We can conceptualize and complete a song from start to finish in a matter of a couple of hours. Not only do we work fairly quickly, but we are all open to letting different genres influence our music so it’s a very open process with open communication that I’ve never experienced in a musical project before.
Q: How has this musical chemistry translated into songwriting? And what's your process?
A: Songwriting process usually starts with Christian and me. He will have a bass line and I’ll come up with minimal guitar riffs, but will generally have a strong/ mostly completed vocal melody before we take it to the rest of the band. More recently, any of us can bring an idea to the group and we’ll work with it. Nothing is off the table. Beats, synth lines, loops, you name it. We’ll let it inspire us, and even if the end result is completely different, that’s still part of the process.
Q: What was the first song you wrote together and how did you know that it worked?
A: The first song that Chin and I wrote together was an acoustic song called “Saturday” that Christian played guitar on. We’ve actually never played that song with the band. I think we knew that it worked because we immediately proceeded to write four more songs within that same week which has ultimately led to several other “bangers” that we still play till this day.
Q: From your first song to working on your new album, how much has your music changed as well as your sound?
A: From our first song to working on our new album, I believe that we have the capacity to allow for more space to be filled. There’s an element to our music that could be considered “noise” but it’s more like “atmospheric” elements that heighten the intention/ emotion/ attitudes of our songs. We’re definitely having more fun with production and sounds in general.
Q: What can we expect from your new music? What do you want fans to take away from it?
A: From our new music, you can expect a journey of narratives with separate intentions. "It’s Not You” captures the ideas of lust, jealousy, complacency, respect, and the idea of a relationship to substances and one’s own internal struggle to focus and reflect on one’s own self. Which is the most important thing you can do.
I want fans to feel something when they listen to our music. I want someone to listen to a song and tell me what color it is and what it might taste like and where they want to be when they listen to it next time and make their own mini-movie in their head.
Q: What inspirations have played part in your new music?
A: I think vocally much of my inspiration has come from just being alive within the last couple of years and struggling with my own mentality. Being let down and building myself back up again. Situations that were dangerous, but I was there anyway. Wanting to not exist but existing anyways. Being used, being happy, feeling grateful, feeling frustrated.
I think a major theme in the new music vocally is reflective of one’s inner dialogue in relation to one’s own emotions and thoughts with other people and substances. Actually being able to say what you feel out loud and having someone else receive it without judgment. Be depressed, be in love, be promiscuous, be jealous, but let it be what it is and live in THAT.
With that being said, I think we capture these attitudes and emotions instrumentally as well. Each song has a very clear point of view that I think can provoke a listener to feel time, place and intention. The instrumentation mimics the vocal melodies as another voice that continues the narrative. Musically we are all inspired by multiple genres so I think we get more inspired by “vibe” in general.
Q: What does the future of Little Church look like?
A: Hopefully, the future for Little Church will be a sugar bear sponsored worldwide takeover filled with tours, much more recording, collaborations with talented friends, and traveling.
Interview by Lilly Wellen
BIO: Lily Wellen is a freelance journalist and graduate of Marquette University's Diederich College of Communication. She currently writes for Chirp Radio, OnMilwaukee, Chicago Music Guide and Diversion Records.