Travel the Haunted Desert Interstates with Afternoon Author’s “Gila Bend”

Afternoon Author, photo courtesy the artist

Afternoon Author is a band from Phoenix, Arizona that is currently in a cycle of releasing a song every six weeks until the release of its album later in 2019. “Gila Bend” is the group’s third single and what struck me about the song was how it captured a deep sense of introspection by employing multiple layers of sounds, a variety of textures and tones that not every band would think to place in a chill track. In some ways its reminiscent of 90s indie pop weirdos like Olivia Tremor Control, at times of a non-rock Shriekback for the sheer otherworldly quality in the realm of pop. The use of organic samples and ending on a passage of what sounds like what represents the track breaking down or the tape warping down into slow motion. The song’s hypnotic intro and whispery vocals really bring you into this dream journey of a song. Get lost in the song below.

Keep up with Afternoon Author and its progress toward album completion at any of the following links:
Afternoon Author YouTube


Author: simianthinker

Editor, primary content provider for this blog. Former contributor to Westword and The Onion.

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