Many Rooms Announces Debut Full Length
There Is A Presence Here
Due out April 13th via Other People Records
On Tour All Winter, Playing SXSW
Many Rooms, aka TX-based musician Brianna Hunt, has announced her debut full length, There Is A Presence Here, due out April 13th via Other People Records. NPR’s All Songs Considered has shared “Which Is To Say, Everything” a stunning new track from the upcoming release.
“Which Is To Say, Everything” slowly builds from bare-bones atmospherics to a spellbinding crescendo, showcasing Many Rooms’ ability to capture a specific feeling with haunting clarity. Using unconventional song structures, minimal instrumentation, and her expressive voice, Hunt creates extraordinary catharsis. NPR praised the song’s “ethereal dreamscapes” calling it “breathtaking and astonishing.”
Lyrically, “Which Is To Say, Everything” is something of a mission statement for There Is A Presence Here. The cinematic ambience and striking climaxes of Many Rooms‘ music work hand-in-hand with Hunt’s impactful words. Chronicling a period of intense personal upheaval, There Is A Presence Here follows Hunt as she searches for meaning in life’s most vulnerable moments.
Many Rooms will be on tour all throughout the winter, including dates with Neil Hilborn, Tigerwine, and performances at SXSW. See full itinerary below.
There Is A Presence Here track list:
2. Which Is To Say, Everything
3. Dear Heart
4. Hollow Body
6. The Nothing
8. There Is A Presence Here
9. This Place Is Haunted
10. When I Find You In The Flowers
02.06 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Grotto ^
02.07 Houston, TX @ Walters ^
02.09 Denton, TX @ Killers ^
02.11 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s ^
02.12 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge ^
02.14 Long Beach, CA @ The Wayfarer ^
02.15 Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium *
02.17 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
02.18 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s *
02.20 Nashville, TN @ One *
02.21 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl *
02.23 Lake Park, FL @ The Kelsey Theater *
02.24 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theater *
03.01 Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live *
03.03 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group *
03.04 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co *
03.07 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater *
03.14-18 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.21 Carrboro, NC @ The Artscenter *
03.22 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java *
03.23 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
03.24 Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Theatre *
03.25 Somerville, MA @ Arts At The Armory *
03.29 Portland, OR @ The Old Church *
04.01 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
^ w/ Tigerwine
* w/ Neil Hilborn
Even at a young age, Houston, TX-based Brianna Hunt had a taste in music and art that leaned towards the melancholy. This inclination would follow her as she immersed herself in DIY punk and first conceived the earliest incarnation of Many Rooms, the moniker under which she records and performs. The still-evolving project first made waves in 2015 with the release of the Hollow Body EP, a collection of mostly-acoustic tracks that showed great promise and allowed her to embark on a relentless touring schedule.
As life on the road intensified, so did Hunt’s struggles with depression. Despite often finding great joy in touring, she found herself struggling with more self-doubt than ever, questioning not only every facet of her life, but her afterlife as well. It became hard to re-acclimate to life at home and touring turned into her escape: an alternate life with very little private time where she could temporarily hide from the roots of her deteriorating worldview. All of this tension created a numbness, a sense dread she couldn’t quite pinpoint.
This existential ache and the desire to find relief is at the heart of Many Rooms’ debut full length, There Is A Presence Here, a stunningly bare album that finds Hunt reckoning with detachment from herself, her faith, and the people around her. Going into the studio to make There Is A Presence Here was the first substantial alone time that she’d experienced in a while, and it forced her to actively process many of her feelings in the midst of recording. This sense of isolation and introspection permeates the album — its gauzy minimalism intended to mirror the haze of her mental state during that time. Even the album’s allusions to other art — which range from C.S. Lewis to Nine Inch Nails — reference a state of bleak mental limbo. Hunt sought to create songs without traditional structures, and instead focused on conjuring tangible moods and atmosphere around her ethereal voice and lyrics. The resulting mix of cinematic ambience and striking crescendos meld with Hunt’s desperately contemplative words to make an album that’s powerful even at its most fragile.
There Is A Presence Here is built from harrowing times, but it is not without light. Hunt’s lyrical self-confrontations maintain hope even in their bleakest moments, showing a willingness to ask hard questions and find acceptance in the answers. With intense vulnerability comes profound catharsis, and making There Is A Presence Here would become one of many steps towards Hunt beginning to find solace.