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the New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende, Porches), Jason Arce, Bea1991, and his own father, Peter Maine. As with Pool, Aaron brought his recorded work to Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, TV on the Radio), who then mixed The House at his Sunset Sound studio.In accordance with the raw recording process, The House finds Aaron saying less with more intention. Because of his urgent desire to document immediate sensations, The Houses fourteen tracks offer a series of diaristic vignettes. There are moments of emerging from fear of ego death (Leave the House, By My Side, Now The Water), escaping the corporeal (Now The Water, Swimmer), the terrifying thrill of young love (Country, W Longing), and parting with the past (Wobble, Goodbye). As on Pool, images of water suggesting salvation at every turn: Think Ill go/Somewhere else/Where I can sink/Into myself (Find Me); can you make it right/can you do no harm/break the water with your arms (Country); This cold pool/Glowing against the night/Is the only thing/I believe is right ( W Longing). While these themes possibly paint The House in a dark light, the record is marked by an excitement at the prospect of self-discovery, and commitment to the process of getting there. Find Me, for example, touches on anxiety and isolation, but is put forward as an icy dance track where one might be able to celebrate those two emotions. The same paradox can be found in Goodbye, a piano track Aaron wrote after taking a solo trip to his hometown. Though it is initially a melancholy reflection of youths ephemerality, the chorus image of slipping into a lake invokes the beauty that sometimes accompanies the act of letting go. Now The Water also features one of The Houses most affecting images: Red clutch farm kid not making a sound. As Aaron explains it, the image is of a rural adolescent who sneaks out into a field at night. Only then, lying there alone while the world sleeps, do they truly feel in touch with themselves. This idea of being full
March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018
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