The record, self-produced by singer/songwriter Dylan Travis, who along with Nina Chase, create sparse synth arrangements that are weighted by bleak ambience and dramatic vocal turns, both of which are clearly showcased here.
On “Meaning is Deprecated” in particular, Travis conjures melancholic vocals that range somewhere between Billy McKenzie of The Associates, Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk, and Mark Hollis—especially so on his band Talk Talk’s underrated Spirit of Eden LP.
The track’s Icy synthesizers pierce the veil of fog-like drones, delivering sorrow and catharsis over vocals that weep with every note.
Watch the video below directed by Nina Chase.
A fixture of the Oakland, CA musical underground, Some Ember has evolved from a solo dream pop bedroom project, tp a four-piece goth rock outfit, then a hardware-based synth duo, and back again.
Following cassettes on Crash Symbols, Night-People and Ascetic House, the band released their first LP on Dream in 2014 and shared stage/toured extensively with the likes of Drab Majesty, Boy Harsher, Them Are Us Too, Liars, Cold Cave, Destruction Unit, Dum Dum Girls, Sannhet, Ritual Howls, Wreck & Reference, High Functioning Flesh, All Your Sisters, Body Of Light, and Choir Boy.
In 2015, Travis and Chase released the Debts of Love Cassette EP, along Magnetic maxi single before moving to Berlin and getting swept away in supporting artists in the local and international music community.
Submerging the Sun will be released on Third Coming Records this November.