Arden Klawitter [PNR​-​048]

by Arden Klawitter + the Powerclaps

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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.

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released October 5, 2016

Arden Klawitter - e. bass, vocals, drums, mixing, mastering
Nicholas Robbins - acoustic bass
Nadiya Dubova - photography

ardenklawitter.bandcamp.com

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Track Name: Till
Oh, I yearn
oh, I yearn
oh, I yearn
to feel you

So I'll burn
toss and turn
till I yearn
to leave you
Track Name: Room Caught Fire
Slept through seven mornings
woke up with my mind a fake
slowly recoalescing into
what I left when I was last awake

The name is so gigantic
a color one could only dream up
move myself around, but whether
in or out of bed I'm just as stuck

Walk through severed endings
a cavern carved in cold landscape
geometry more sacred than we thought hangs clear in uninterpretable shapes

The name is hardly real, though
the color's not gonna mean a thing
when face-to-face, but from feet way
I'm forced again with no choice but to sleep

Oh, the room caught fire
and I'll be gone till it's put out

Simmering in cotton
cast against a static spring
dryly, in a crimson drape
your eyes meet mine and I can't help but sing

You hushed me in an instant
like an anti-incendiary quilt
still the room caught fire then, and scattered
'mid the ashes my intentions wilt

Oh, the flames rose higher
and I'll see, through smoke, you made your way out

I know, I know, that the flames will roar
I know, I know, no one's keeping score
and I know, I know, 'cuz my hands are sore
and I know, I know, it's been said before

But your eyes, your ears, your head, and your hair
your smile, your lilt, your gait, and your stare
your arms, your legs, and, I bet, your shoes
your thoughts, your lips, your fingers move

I know

And I'll be gone till I figure this out
till I figure this out
Track Name: She Just Destroys Me
She just destroys me when she comes around
I feel her eyes close
She just destroys me when she settles down

It's weird to think I'm getting embarassed
by how I say your name to my friends
how we start talking and how it ends

And though I know this kind of love's careless
I'll still try and estimate how your voice sounds
the way the words come out of your mouth when you say goodnight

I tried to play a song
something to recreate your face
but I'm so quick to get distracted
I couldn't even stay awake

So I tried to dream you loved me
to make the time I lost seem right
but I can't justify my weakness
these thoughts I'll never learn to fight

It's weird to think I'm getting embarassed
by how I say your name to my friends
how we start talking and how it ends

And though I know this kind of love's careless
I'll still try and calculate how your voice sounds
the way the words come out of your mouth when we say goodnight
Track Name: Naegleria/Bobcat
I saw the earth greyed out and pulled free from its sky
no limits on its reach, a monolith grew high

I saw the day recede and falsified by night
the tower's blackness sucked the cosmos of its light

I saw the past I knew washed out before my eyes
in twisted tongues the blackness manifested lies

I saw elaborate truths I struggled to deny
five senses soon became a pattern unified

I felt the sinking threads on which the earth relies
in sickly sermon the apocalypse passed by

I smelled the pheromones of ghosts borne out of sight
the chapel bred a congregation spilling tithes

I tasted something sweeter than I'd dream to try
an infinite communion, blood turned into wine

I heard my former selves let out their deepest cries
they made my truth turn into how I'll come to die

I'll stay alive for the ones who really love me

You'll save your love for the ones who really love you
You'll stay alive for the ones who really care
Track Name: 2015
You told me you'd go be happy
despite wasting two years of your life
I suddenly regained my sense of time

2015 in moments
might look like countless angles of me in bed
trying to sleep or crying my eyes red

Because you made me live in a certain kinda circumstance where

I can't tell what's good and what's right
and when I'm staying out late with my friend all night
if there's something that I'm doing that I really shouldn't do
is it really 'cuz it's wrong or is it just because of you

and when I lose myself, start thinking like ya taught me
if I argue too, act like you're just anybody
is the reason why I'm here because I'm so afraid of leaving
or am I as bad as you, tryin' to make my life seem easy

Now that I trust my conscience
despite once having thought your game fair
I finally show the ones I love I care

2015 felt vacant
the climate rose a quarter degree
the world moved on and now it's time for me

Because I made my way out of a certain kinda circumstance where

I can't tell what's good and what's right
and when I'm staying out late with my friend all night
if there's something that I'm doing that I really shouldn't do
is it really 'cuz it's wrong or is it just because of you

and when I found myself, stopped thinking I'm not sorry
if I act too cool, treat my friends like they're nobody
is it still too late to change, will the ones I love believe me
I will never let the past be more important than feeling