“It’s Always Winter Here” EP Review
Subtleties out of Albany, NY have just released their new EP “It’s Always Winter Here” on July 28, 2017. The four track piece made quite an impression on me, packing a punch in a small set.
Opening with, “I’ll Probably Mess Up My Line” digs a nostalgic feel right off the bat, clocking in at four minutes and six seconds of comfortable, familiar sound. The track moves well, with well timed progression and does well to incorporate some mild screaming but just a hint. The outdo takes on a somber tone and fades out which gives the track a bit of closure and contrast from the immediate and grabbing intro of classic sound reminiscent of Taking Back Sunday and 30 Seconds to Mars.
“Who Knows?” channels a feeling of homesickness, and consistency. This track is definitely one of those ‘feel good’ songs that would quickly be a go-to song for when you’re down, with a simple but wholesome tone and lyrical content that is emotionally driven and relatable for most.
“Nobody” takes a quiet, wintery tone on it’s earthly melody with a swollen chorus and verses that buildup to the lifting points of the track. As the longest song on the EP at five minutes and twenty six seconds, as well as a previously released single, “Nobody” is a well rounded out taste of what Subtleties are all about.
“The Absence of Emotion” is a bit deceiving with it’s scream heavy and jarring opening, but then moves back into a sound more consistent with the past three songs. This track is the most weighted off the EP but makes an excellent finisher and is certainly quite memorable. It brings about a slightly more aggressive sound, which suits the versatility of this four piece and makes me curious to see what’s coming next from these guys.
Overall I would rate this album an 8.5 out of 10, as it establishes artist identity quite well and the sound appeals to a large audience as well as being a great finished product from a deserving band. This four piece is definitely one I would listen to again and again, and we strongly reccomend you give it a listen.
Dezmond Garnetto, currently out of Plainville, Mass (formerly Ithaca, NY) recently released his newest single “Nightmare Incarnate.” The three minute and sixteen second track strays from the punk and metal influences that dot Garnetto’s leisure time listening and venture into a hip hop based styling. We had the opportunity to speak with him about his background and about the new releases, scope it out below.
- Where you find musical influences to create a piece like “Nightmare Incarnate”? “Cold World”?
- When it comes to my influences tonally punk, hardcore and goth rock play a big part in the feel and atmosphere of my songs.
- How long did production take you for both of those respective tracks?
- My production time can vary drastically from song to song. I had been sitting on a unfinished “Cold World” ableton file for months while I worked on other projects. On the other hand “Nightmare Incarnate” was produced, mixed and mastered within three days.
- Where are you based out of, and how long have you been creating music?
- Currently I am based out of Massachusetts to escape the distractions of the city. I’ve been creating music in some way for as long as I can remember, I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10 so my musical knowledge has been growing for over a decade.
- What direction and genre are you hoping to take your musical stylings?
- Personally I’ve have a very wide genre range from death metal to hip-hop and everything in between. Currently I’m working on recording a goth rock album for a friend of mine while putting together the format for my upcoming hip-hop album.
- How did you initially become invested in creating music?
- I had been a musician for many years before about a year ago when I decided it was time to begin recording and releasing music. The turning point for me [when I became much more invested in music] was when I met Michael Davis (Ithaca, NY) who peaked my interest in the production side of music.
- What artists do you like to listen to in your free time?
- On my free time I like to listen to allot of NoFx and Rings Of Saturn when it comes to punk and metal. On the other hand when it comes to hip-hop I’m always listening to songs produced by Slick Mix.
Check out “Nightmare Incarnate” and “Cold World” below, and click here to listen to more of D.E.Z.’s work.