September Stories employ a spoken word element for the lyrics to “I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DYING TOO MUCH” while the music itself is stark to match the intense and unadorned vocals. The lyrics repeat and in the second iteration the drums come crashing in and the vocals raise in an amplified sense of desperation uttering words of abject alienation and the realization of being doomed by one’s own psychology and feeling trapped by a hopelessness so deep it turns into a self-reinforcing cycle of emotional self-sabotage that feels with great certainty inescapable. Though very different sonically fans of Big Black, Slint and OXBOW will appreciate the bleak imagery and poetic evocation of confronting one’s own worst enemy within one’s own mind. Listen to “I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DYING TOO MUCH” on YouTube and check out the rest of the new September Stories EP I STAND IN AWE OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN on one of the streaming services below and follow the group at the links provided.
The rapid cycling drone the introduces us to Matt Monsoor’s “Fog” is an apt introduction to a song and video like a diary entry of from the beginning of a novel about loss, wasted time and the will to find and create meaning in a world of deep uncertainty. The images of spider webs catching the dawn sunlight and of a graveyard in the early morning and a house and a town on a hill in the distance as the day begins serve as the contextual backdrop in the video so that immediately the lonely piano figure that comes in and runs through the majority of the song has a pastoral aspect that when coupled with the simple guitar line toward the end of the song lets us know this isn’t a tale of tragedy ahead but of exploration and perhaps redemption of self and forgiveness of past failings of one’s dreams. With words written by Jeff Skemp and echo plex performance by Casey Virock this song is more like a short movie or a tone poem than simply a song and even without the video it is powerfully evocative in a way resonant with the material Slint wrote for Spiderland. Watch the video for “Fog” on YouTube and follow Matt Monsoor at the links below.