Closer Than We’ll Ever Know
The indie group Stray Fossa’s self-produced follow-up to 2021’s With You For Ever (VM Exclusive color HERE) is out June 3, 2022 via Vinyl Moon homies Born Losers Records. Album art by Chris Minielly of another VM fave Jaguar Sun, from the piece “Waves” (2021). With music lovingly created in the trio's attic studio, and then pressed on emerald clear vinyl with an ear for quality, this album is all about distance.
In some tracks, the distance is in time, reflected by a memory or longing for the past/future. In others, the narrative centers more on what separates us physically or mentally – the negative space in which we navigate (or fail to navigate) our relationships with ourselves and others. In a handful of songs, distance is a welcome relief. In others it is painful.
Distance not only follows the album thematically but also shaped the writing and production process. With two-thirds of the band relocated to Europe to be with family, the three were no longer able to knock on each other’s doors to exchange demos. In place of a shared house, almost all tracks were carefully pieced together in bedroom studios and living rooms in Hamburg, Munich, and Salem, Massachusetts – with some recording done in Charlottesville, Virginia, where brothers, Nick and Will Evans, and Zach Blount formed Stray Fossa in early 2018. With collaborative songwriting on scattered iPhone notes and shared project folders, the band managed to virtually re-create their attic studio.
Distance is something most of us can or could empathize with. Could be the pandemic, or maybe you haven't seen family or friends for a while, but either way, this one will tug on your heart.
Themes: Distance, Anticipation, Longing, Movement, Change, Time, Sense of placeTracklist:
- 1. Into
- 2. Transpiring
- 3. Driftlines
- 4. Perfectly Out Of Time
- 5. For What Was
- 6. Liminal
- 7. So Still
- 8. Never Rest For Good
- 9. Goners
- 10. Are You Gonna Be Okay
- 11. In A Year
- 12. Comma, Comma
- 13. Better Late Than...
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