.Gym, Deer is Robert Lee, or it can be the group of musicians playing his music. Alone, as on the upcoming first album, it can become layered voices and sounds crawling or racing through a sung story. But the Gym, Deer band gives life to, expands upon, and energizes the music he's come up with. The versatile members are close friends and colleagues in the Brooklyn scene. Mallory is also part of the rising star of Brooklyn band 'In One Wind', which is Angelo's brainchild. Anthony has been a member of indie powerhouse Annie Clark's 'St. Vincent', as well as being in the growing whisper of 'Pony of Good Tidings' and leading his own band, 'The Building'. Matt is a composer and bassist, currently with CHIVES and his own shifting trio
It began as a few friends escaping the August heat in New York City to the cooler climes of Northwood, New Hampshire. The agenda for each day began and ended with a swim in the nearby pond, with beaver chasing, squash blossom cooking, and recording a debut EP thrown in between. Four days and five songs later, friends Peter Lalish, David Lizmi, and Sydney Price drove back to New York City hoping to honor their experience with both their band name and the title of their EP, Pondlife. In their songs are the remnants of those days; sunsets over still water, a chorus of cicadas all around, and the mysterious sound of slapping beaver tails.
Twi the Humble Feather
Rarely is the title of an album such a pointed indicator of the record's sound as it is in the case of Twi the Humble Feather's debut, Music For Spaceships and Forests. This New York trio makes epic music that readily conjures a journey through a mysterious and surprising land. According to guitarist and vocalist Anthony Lebron, the songs on the album are "a soundtrack to the adventures of this character, 'TWI." Originally conceived by Lebron as "a derivative of twilight," the word "Twi," (rhymes with "why") is specifically defined as an "interstellar traveler, adventurer, or forest maker."
Instead of an artistic rendering of Twi's fantastical world, a mini creation/adventure story decorates the album and provides some background on Twi's travels and the sights and sounds he encounters. According to Lebron, the band consciously chose not to include any images on the album because the text "gives the listener the chance to create their own idea of what Twi sees and what worlds are depicted in the music."
Music For Spaceships and Forests is largely an instrumental work—Lebron, a classically trained guitarist, cites Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and J. S. Bach for inspiratio—-but unique vocal stylings that resemble rhythmic and melodic chanting accompany the intricate acoustic guitar interludes, electronic elements, and light percussion. Though occasionally, words like""spaceship""""lights"" or""star"" stand out, the vocals are often indecipherable and are""meant to appear alien or foreign"" reports Lebron. With its mysterious vocals about far away lands and beautiful instrumentation, Music For Spaceships and Forests is delightfully otherworldly.