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129 Dreamless GMG

by Erica Eso

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NNA Tapes is excited to present ‘129 Dreamless GMG,’ the brand new full-length from the New York City-based art pop ensemble Erica Eso. Operating within a radical conceptual framework, but channeled through the voice of modern pop music, Erica Eso bridges aesthetic and musical gesture in a way that could only be found in our contemporary post-everything information age. While the band’s 2015 debut album ‘2019’ had a more “bedroom pop” essence in its recording and execution, ‘129 Dreamless GMG’ refines, expands, and evolves the Erica Eso sound from home studio experimentation to a full-fledged band format, with live drums (Rhonda Lowry), bass (Nathanial Morgan), back-up vocals (Ellen O, Angelica Bess), and collaboration more central to the arrangements. Under the leadership and compositional vision of Weston Minissali (Cloud Becomes Your Hand; VaVatican), Erica Eso delivers the newness of microtonality fused with enough melody and harmony to satisfy the ears of listeners from all different inclinations.

As time moves rapidly forward, while information and technology become a more integral part of our culture, Erica Eso demonstrates the musical amalgamation of styles and the obliteration of genre as music mutates and adapts with the ages. Tracks like “Fire Is The Mouth” thrive on Krautrock-inspired rhythmic power, while “Love Gun” draws heavily from contemporary sultry R&B. On the other hand, tracks like “Mirror Stage I & II” stand in contrast to the poppier material on the record, by embracing concréte and collage compositions in a long-form, patient anti-structure. Born of group improvisation then meticulously edited, these tracks evoke mournful tenderness, horror and serenity all in their joint 8-minute span. Further deviating from expectations, “Vaccination Free” develops a liturgical sensibility through the collective harmonic recitation of text, transmitting existential themes of emptiness, form, and the moment’s reckoning with futurity. As scattered as this might seem in words, the band doesn’t clunkily jump from genre to genre, but, with the help of mixing engineer Steve Marion (of Delicate Steve), translates these influences into their own distilled language, their self-proclaimed “femmed-out microtonal synth pop.”

Lyrically, Erica Eso speaks in poetic fragments, strung together in phrases that are thoughtfully composed, allowing them to unfold and develop in unexpected ways alongside their corresponding song structures. However, their abstraction does not mean these lyrics are devoid of content. As the American political climate intensifies, Erica seems to position herself not necessarily on the front lines of immediate response, but as an artistic voice that advocates for the empowerment of quiet reflection on the ultimately ungraspable paradoxes of the world: self and other, living and dying, boi and gurl, and so on. Lyrical elements of candid humor and absurdity further contribute to the impossible-to-pidgeonhole nature of the band. To hone their signature sound, Erica Eso draws stylistically from the 5 previous decades of popular Western music history - the glamour and danceable rhythms of the 70s, the fervent electronic discovery of the 80s, the indie ethos and technological refinement of the 90s, up to the chaotic, digital wonderland of post-millennial radio hits. In an age of extreme change and global uncertainty, ‘129 Dreamless GMG’ conceptually raises many important questions, accompanied by satisfying, non-linguistic musical answers to help us find our way into the Next Age.

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Track Name: Gun-metal Grey
Gun-metal Grey [Lyrics]

a dimming vision slipping color
no chromatics just gun-metal grey
that's no way to live, just gun-metal grey

you be the vision and i will filter the sound

and when you're life has got no sound
i'm the quiet one around
you can never say
how you and i were made

you be the vision and i will filter the sound

jagged sleep no grace of slumber
sloth and torpor, dreamless phase
that's no way to live, that gun-metal grey

you be the vision and i will filter the sound

and when you're life has got no sound
i'm the quiet one around
you can never say
how you and i were made

if your thinkin bigger than what you know that's gun-metal grey
violence told you your actually alone, gun-metal grey
up all night nailin that thought to the wall, gun-metal grey
pool of opinion spills to truth that's gun-metal grey
Track Name: Fire Is The Mouth (feat. Delicate Steve)
Fire Is The Mouth [Lyrics]

room acoustics change, when we open up the mouth
city, summer, vision of a cloud
no phone just cardinal directions, get me out of this town

be where emotions don't burn
be where emotions don't stir
the moving bodies clock nil
after the house burns we're still

mood's room rearranged when ya opened up the mouth
when ya ha ha ha ha ha huh
oh, i feel inane and i feel enraged
should move to the country to day yeah
be where emotions don't burn

after the house burns we're still
smoke left the country to chill
mouth is the fire that learns
be where emotions don't burn
Track Name: Love-gun
Love-gun [Lyrics]

tv’s got better deals again
[there's no water figure water out]
the future is blunt and i can't defend
[changing of original face]
empty mtv is a matrix of prisons
[lock me up deeper now]
bitter entertainment i'm not tryna help you out

the body's irrational again
[no more father i'm just water now]
i'm indifferent to doubt and i can't pretend
[i know to think would be a mistake]
i'ma get a house and forget everybody
[you can come and check me out]
get a little closer but i'm not seeing patients now

if i'm thinkin too big than what's right, i look at the sun
get a little smaller until night, when my look turns to nothin
push pull revisit the sun, the self-sufficient one, boy
where'd you come from with that love-gun

deeper, closer, (sun/son), somebody, patience, luh, love-gun

daddy's on morphine again
[no more bother get more water now]
since black and white split we're left with only red
[you know it's just a little too late]
i'ma throw a fit while i wait for somebody
[ruuner come and knock me out]
get a little dimmer cuz i'm not tryna see this now

if i'm thinkin too big than what's right, i look at the sun
get a little smaller until night, when my look turns to nothin
push pull revisit the sun, the self-sufficient one, boy
where'd you come from with that love-gun
Track Name: Mirror Stage I
Mirror Stage [Lyrics]

empire
camera
with the quick-cut
with the career
grey, fever tree

grey fire
my temple
my freedom
I’m always there
Track Name: Vaccination Free
Vaccination Free [Lyrics]

got a used truck for the stuff i have to do
pass them on the hill, with their brand new white tattoo

this mind is a ship that has not yet left
this, the kind with the resonating parts half-met

future so dumb, leaning half-mast
pitched upright, half-masked and half-overcast

rhyming is a limit, half-witted fun with friends
but i'm trying to say something direct, clean transmission,
so maybe i'll never do it again

or maybe they can have my brain to stew, in endless-options' temperatured pot
maybe i get my freedom within confines, so i stick with this femmed-out microtonal synth pop

or maybe i'll finish my wanderings vaccination-free
just waiting for life's lockjaw to inevitably catch up to me
happily waiting for life's lockjaw to inevitably catch up to me
Track Name: House That's Always Burning
House That's Always Burning [Lyrics]

hold me down
don't let up til my head pop off
down
cuz trucks and chains bleached blonds are the same to me
wow
burn it thin

you came around
struck your balance beside the flame
in my town
burn it thin, burn it thin

i burnt my touch, from feelin you
ten billion thoughts, boiled down to two
i've been caught breakin in
to the house that's always burnin

touch never fades but feelins do
but i'm feelin worlds fast crashin through
no way i'm not movin in
to the house that's always burnin

burn it down
stack a life just to give it away yeah
cuz you know i heard that sound
burn it thin, burn i thin...
cuz trucks and chains bleached blonds are the same to me
wow
burn it thin, burn it thin

i burnt my touch, from feelin you
ten billion thoughts, boiled down to two
i've been caught breakin in
to the house that's always burnin

touch never fades but feelins do
but i'm feelin worlds fast crashin through
no way i'm not movin in
to the house that's always burnin

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