Saintseneca’s Zac Little has been thinking a lot about memory. Not necessarily his memories, though they creep in often, too. Rather, he mulls over the idea of memory itself: its resilience, its haziness, how it slips away as we try to hang on, the way it resurfaces despite our best efforts to forget.
Memory is the common thread running throughout the Columbus folk-punk band’s fourth album, Pillar of Na, arriving in late summer via ANTI- Records. Following 2015's critically lauded Such Things, the new album’s name is rooted in remembrance, referencing the Genesis story of Lot’s wife who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to. She looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. “Na,” meanwhile, is the chemical symbol for sodium. "Nah" is a passive refusal and the universal song word. It means nothing and stands for nothing. It is "as it is."
Haunting and melodic, Rebecka Reinhard's dream-state inducing sound and tragicomic lyrics bring to mind the likes of Angel Olsen, Mitski and Sharon van Etten. With stylistic diversity ranging from melancholic folk pop to blazing indie rock, her music forces you to smile wryly at heart-break and darkness. Her debut EP, Cherry Trees, is the culmination of three years’ worth of writing, gigging, recording and was released in late 2017. The follow up single Nonsene In Your Sleep is the first track off her second EP, due to be released in March 2019 by Bristol-based Breakfast Records. Recently, Rebecka expanded her solo project to include three new band members on drums, bass and guitar and they've already started recording new material.
O. Girdler is Oliver Girdler's melancholic dream. The alluring melodies create a dazzlingly gorgeous backdrop for his soberly thoughtful words, which linger around leaving the listener in an especially pensive space. Aided and abetted by a live band of Skype associates, this is his long-awaited return to the live circuit.