Lilac Shadows debuted in 2013, a “sinister shoegaze” quartet led by Sam Logan. Since then, the psych-rock band have made intermittent appearances, no shortage of disturbing material with a news cycle saturated with Trump (and everything since Trump). The most recent and last release of the group, The other side of the nighthad lighter touches, but the music’s existential disposition had begun to feel synonymous with its dark post-punk sound, Logan says.
“Once the pandemic hit, I really had time to sit down and think about what kind of music I wanted to do – or allow myself to do. The influences of Lilac Shadows have always been pretty narrow, but I love so many different artists that I would never let them find their way into my own songwriting. But after writing the song “Matters of Time” (the only demo I’ve released so far) after I heard this very beautiful song by Weyes Blood, I realized how nice it was to do something so completely different from Lilac, and let myself explore new sounds and ideas.”
After this revelation, Nightblooms, Logan’s new band, and no less than 17 songs, some of which will end up on the Nightblooms disc, which Logan records in June, and which will be released on the local Sleepy Cat label. Nightblooms also has two late spring shows, at Pinhook on Thursday April 28 and Ruby Deluxe on Friday April 29, respectively.
“Heart to heart”, premiering on INDY Week website today, demonstrates Nightbloom’s new sound – less industrial and more acoustic and stripped down, with more personal songs. This new material may still have a lot of shadows – depression, grief, climate change, aging – but they are brought into sharp focus by light sound and lighted perspective beams.
“Heart to Heart” is kind of a musical tribute to the music I grew up listening to – Tom Petty, The Beatles, George Harrison, ELO, etc. , and I wanted to play with chords and ideas that were floating around me that would be a nod to those songwriters. Of all the Nightblooms songs prior to “Heart to Heart”, I didn’t have anything that you could classify as one of those songs you want to listen to “with the windows down when you’re driving”. I think it’s as close to a ‘classic rock’ sound as I’ll ever get.”
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