Eva Lawitts, the powerhouse and brains that fall under the moniker Stimmerman, is an artist that genuinely makes you fall in love with rock again. The Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist shreds with the best of them, such as Vagabon and Citris, to name a few under her belt. Safe to say her latest single “Planetary” is up to par with her resume clips, and is taken from her forthcoming EP, Pleasant Vistas in a Somber Place.
“The songs on this EP started as drafts for a new album by a band that is now defunct,” shares Lawitts, “I had completed the most of the instrumentals by fall 2016, the band I had written the songs for broke up in December, and then I spent the first half of 2017 racing around on tour with a horde of other musicians and bands, mostly getting really depressed in vans and hotel rooms about the seeming sudden lack of direction in my life and attempting to complete these songs on my own.”
Regardless of the EP’s initial rough draft start, “Planetary” is a well-crafted slew of progressive rock. Cautiously approaching the scene, Lawitts slacker vocals slice the track into an avant-garde realm. Intertwined within the crunch and crackle of sounds are poetic lines that beg for a closer look of Lawitts overall vision: “Building a cage out of glass- picture frames mirrors and crass lies / Seems paradoxical how I’m much happier now.” As the track becomes settled in waves on the spectrum, a golden trumpet (Adam O’Farrill) comes in for the final kill, fueling Lawitts repetitive vocals which bleed towards the end.
With the new EP on the horizon though, we revisit the first single “Tough Talk” that I believe shakes the rest of the world out from any hazy vibes. Loud and riveting with emotional bursts and a college rock chord, the track dips back into this art-rock composition with a solid indie-quirk break. It’s true noise rock that drips from the same bucket of its distant relative, progressive rock. No matter what you call it, Lawitts delivers.
“All the songs on the EP ended up reflecting the childish moroseness and impotent bitterness of this timeframe, but none as explicitly as ‘Tough Talk.’ The lyrics were culled from half-remembered conversations from a particularly intense period of touring, as well as my running commentary on those memories, and ultimately some kind of conclusion about how attempting to reach a conclusion about what it was all supposed to mean was a futile effort,” explains Lawitts.
Polishing from the first, to what is expected to be the last single prior to the EP’s release, Stimmerman quenches our thirst with full-throttled shots of rock.
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