“Give Up the End “ is a 1st Base Runner’s new one. There’s a freshness to the sound, part of which is undeniably experimental – at no point does the track feel predictable or prone to lethargy. Yet, alongside this, there is a sobering sense of repetition; A hypnotic ambience unfolds as you listen – just as you’d expect, a new orchestra to spend the day rhythmically searching for house or electronica.
Following a trio of acclaimed EP releases, Experimental Indie Rock Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer 1st Base Runner who comes from Austin, TX, has announced the release of a 5-track live EP “Live At The Village Studios in Los Angeles”, due August 19 via the artist’s label imprint Souvenir Sound. The release will accompany a live video for each song, produced by long-time collaborator and former Radiohead creative director Dilly Gent. “Live At The Village Studios in Los Angeles”, recorded in a studio known for previously being a Masonic Temple, showcases 1st Base Runner in a full live band format, adapting songs from his most recent EPs.
“Give Up the End” has a great vibe, it’s addictive; The rhythm is consistent, so it keeps you captive, but the sounds are all very unpredictable and unusual. The leading riff is retro and quite simple in nature, but the note selection adds to the vibe, they add to the intensity, which somehow builds and builds even as the music remains on the same plain. It’s a clever production, and it’s always interesting. It’s the kind of music that’s hard to put into any particular environment but fits perfectly in the middle of whatever you’re doing when you play it.
It’s an extremely artistic release, the soundscape is beautiful and sets the perfect kind of vibe within which the supporting song can thrive. The music on tracks is all at once intense and gentle, there’s a dreamlike softness to the sound, but it seems like something much bigger than your average, floating through the mind, a soundtrack. There are a lot of styles touched upon in the song, and it’s quite fascinating to listen to, but you don’t really focus on these individual ideas – as mentioned, the music acts as one, and the song leaves you alone as soon as it finds you.