Transatlantic dream-pop band Distant Correspondent released its first full-length yesterday with an accompanying video for “Shatter.” Tonight, they will be at The Walnut Room, but steal the single now.
To describe Distant Correspondent as a “Denver band,” a qualification required to be covered in “Steal This Track,” is not wholly accurate. Band members live in Denver, but also in Texas and the UK. In April, Distant Correspondent signed to Denver’s Hot Congress Records, but then immediately also penned a deal with NYC indie label Old Flame Records. And they are releasing a 7″ on the acclaimed UK indie label Static Caravan Recordings. Truly, this is a band built on distant corresponding.
The “where do you come from?” question would not be an issue if not for a column covering only Colorado bands. And yet the fact that Distant Correspondent can exist is a testament to how our modern times break down geographical barriers. Though the band formed in 2012 with four members, the addition of accomplished Drag City solo artist Edith Frost, who lives in San Antonio, brought the project to the fully formed band we see today. It’s a wonder how the artists can build such lush harmonies and cohesive music over such expanses of space.
But then, you also have to wonder if the distance contributes to the sound. Distant Correspondent makes modern dream pop music with lush, haunting harmonies. David Obuchowski of the Brooklyn-based indie rock band Goes Cube provides sorrowful vocals. Emily Gray, formerly of the Oxford, England post-rock band Meanwhile, back in Communist Russia…, contributes vocals and cinematic monologues. And Edith Frost warms the sound with heavenly and delicate harmonies.
The result is an intense lullaby, both heart hammering and soothing. As in a dream, the listener is emotionally present, but comfortably distanced enough to not be brought to tears. The shape and form are there, but cloaked in a nocturnal fog that makes it impossible to fully grasp, always just out of reach. It’s this distance that makes the music profound, complex and ultimately gorgeous. It draws you in and moves you closer, but it’s a mirage and you’ll never arrive.
Tonight, Distant Correspondent will transport audiences to an ethereal state at The Walnut Room in Denver. The eponymous LP is available for download through all online outlets, but steal the single, “Shatter,” below. There is a video for the track available exclusively through Big Takeover.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also a journeyman butcher. Seriously.