SOLOS (SPENCER & AARON OF HELLA)
“CHAINS OF THE HEART”
SOLOS RELEASES APRIL 17th VIA DOWD RECORDS
“the band channels the art-pop eccentricities of Talking Heads while exploring the atmospheric landscape of what could pass for an outtake from J Dilla’s Donuts. The song makes its way through various rhythmic starts and stops, offering a complex insight into Ross and Seim’s fascinating musical relationship and the ways in which their abundant creativities compliment one another.” – Beats Per Minute
SoloS (S/T) is a raw collection of far out pop songs. Intense drumming and hooky synth lay a foundation for emotive vocals with angelic harmonies. The duo’s songwriting and playing shine with all of the artists’ trademarks exposed by minimal production.
Singer-songwriter Aaron Ross and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Seim (Hella, The Advantage, Byre) have been friends and mutual admirers of each other’s music since their teens in the late 90s. Aaron joined Spencer’s band Hella for their 2007 album There’s No 666 in Outer Space, and they continued playing together as two-piece SoloS.
Hot off the heels of making their debut studio album, 2012’s Beast of Both Worlds, SoloS went straight back to the garage and recorded this 6-song “demo.” With no direction except a keyboard and drums, what came out of the sessions was an entirely new SoloS. Each song was recorded live with Aaron on keys and Spencer on drums. Once the arrangements were laid to tape, longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Schmidt stepped in to add sprinkles of effected guitar and punchy baritone.
Each song features surprising timing and textures, as parts and changes come together in delightfully unexpected ways. This smoother, melodic EP is a contrast to the rugged, ragged guitar/drum rock of SoloS’ BOBW album, showing a different personality of the band.
Unfortunately, the band went on hiatus shortly after this recording was made and it never surfaced. Until now…
When these stripped-down versions of studio songs-to-be were dug up recently from the archives, we were inspired: the songs didn’t feel like “demos” and were already complete. This 6 song EP fits perfectly with one of Dowd Records missions of showcasing the many unreleased gems of the Nevada City/Grass Valley, California music scene. Enjoy.
To captivate you even further, the band have unveiled their new single and latest exploration “Chains Of The Heart” which is streaming below-
A tantalizing arrangement from the get-go, exploring intricate instrumentation found in the immersive electronics shining through the harmonious vocals lifting the track. Darting beats and sweeping time signatures give a fresh texture to the track. SoloS prove they are worth every moment of your attention, their craft is commendable and their music equally illustrious as it is compelling.
Label: Dowd Records
Release Date: April 17, 2020
01. The Distance Between Us
02. Unsolved Mysteries
03. Chains Of The Heart
05. Worlds Collide
06. Painted Veil