One of the many artists that Alchemical Records introduced me to that I listen to often is Euan Blackman. The singer-songwriter released his debut four-track EP, ‘You Are the Rain,’ drawing inspiration from the lo-fi aesthetic of ‘Nebraska’ by Bruce Springsteen. Euan wrote, recorded, produced and mixed ‘You Are the Rain’ entirely in his Liverpool bedroom studio with a pastel blue door and mastered by Jim Spencer in Eve studios.
Track one, ‘Everybody Lets You Down’ has some of the most relatable lyrics I have heard. “I know I’ve hurt someone on this road that I’ve been on/I’m sorry and I promise that I’ve grown/ And it’s alright/I guess everybody lets you down/Even I will let you down sometimes.” It is a fact of life that people grow and change. With that, it is very likely that as you do evolve, you are going to let some people down.
Track two, ‘Busy Doing Nothing,’ reminds me so much of a song by The 1975 in almost every way. Track three, ‘Bad Things’ feels like a coming-of-age moment with its mature lyrics about getting serious and the cool vibes of the instrumentals. The final track, ‘Cherry Stone,’ featuring fellow indie-folk star, Ben Stafford, is a beautiful close to this collection of evergreen songs.
Fans of The 1975, Phoebe Bridgers, Claude Debussy, and the folklore/evermore Taylor Swift era should take a listen as they go on a wistful road trip or stare out the window on a rainy day.
Find ‘Everybody Lets You Down’ on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Maura Marcellino is studying business and environmental sustainability at George Mason University. When she is not studying, Maura enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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