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Out in the Light - TBD
FILTER Grade: 76%

By Mary Kosearas on September 8, 2011



Searching for separation and clarity, Port O’Brien’s Van Pierszalowski went to the Norwegian fjords, the California coast, Alaska and even swung by Brooklyn before finally returning to his new home in Oslo to collect a band. His determination to put his experience to paper, documenting the music of this journey, as well as practicing everyday, made recording with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen) possible to complete in a mere 10 days. Pierszalowski’s new project WATERS is a symbol of starting over. There is an aching howl to the vocals but a second-wind-type of energy to the tempo that adds a certain unknown but understood nostalgia to each track. This is a laid-back, non-pop, emotional-but-still-grounded album with a hazy and heavy sound. It’s melodic at times, but there is something we can all relate to in the idea of reinventing your voice simply because you needed a fresh start.

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