If you dig through Arden Klawitter’s discography you will find a daunting menagerie of prog-pop, experimental rock, and electronic pop music. Contributing to a number of bands in the southern Orange County house show scene (The Gloriosas, Sila, Tractal, Cosmo Memory, and Talk, Tired Thanatoid to name a few), Klawitter also finds time to record and perform his own music in various configurations with his revolving backing band The Powerclaps. This experimental musician and musical performance artist has worked largely in conceptual and improvisational frameworks but his debut EP on Pacific Nature Records is Arden Klawitter at his most intimate and honest, striving to write genre-hopping pop songs that bear his soul.
Taking a completely different approach to conceptual music, Arden couches his earnest and raw lyrics in a framework surrounded by bass. In collaboration with frequent Powerclaps member, Nicholas Robbins, this duo churns out five tracks using limited instrumentation: acoustic bass (Robbins), electric bass (Klawitter), drums (Klawitter) with a smattering of jazz piano on “2015”. As Klawitter points out, this limited instrumentation and collaboration with Robbins,
“helped me convey these songs as a directly feelable experience- a more straightforward approach to songwriting, focusing on easily interpretable moods and themes. I viewed these songs as pop songs with elements of experimentation, rather than the other way around (like on my previous releases).”
These pop experimentations form a bricolage of genre experiments pumped through the dueling basses and thumping drums. Although Klawitter says he’s inspired by Billy Joel and Joni Mitchell, his final compositions feel more akin to an avid pop experimentalist like Dirty Projector’s David Longstreth with the odd charisma (and occasional baritone) of Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson. From the black metal of “Naelgeria/Bobcat”, to the anthemic Animal Collective-meets-Arcade Fire groove of “Room Caught Fire”, to the jazz and soft pop vocal gymnastics on “2015”, Arden Klawitter’s self-titled EP is a kaleidoscope offering a glimpse into an eclectic artist’s mind.
Released on October 5th, 2016 by Pacific Nature Records on cassette tape and CD.
released October 5, 2016
Arden Klawitter - e. bass, vocals, drums, mixing, mastering
Nicholas Robbins - acoustic bass
Nadiya Dubova - photography
Pacific Nature Records #48
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