1st Base Runner’s Immersive, Atmospheric “Seven Years of Silence” Album Gets Limited Edition Vinyl Release
Fans of dark, fascinating electronica, alternative and indie music, rejoice! Austin, TX-based Indie Electronic artist 1st Base Runner‘s debut album “Seven Years of Silence” is out now (released April 8) on all platforms. Over the past few months, 1st Base Runner has gifted us with 3 singles from this release (All Thoughts, Pirouette & Break Even) and 2 unique cover choices (“Hymn” by IDLES & “Rabbit In Your Headlights” by UNKLE/Thom Yorke).
About “Seven Years of Silence”:
“It was something that had to be made. I had tried to suppress the concepts and ideas explored in the 8 tracks for several years. It is my willingness to be vulnerable and laid bare before others in an attempt to glimpse some fundamental truths about what it means to be here and to be present. It is an exploration of expectations and shortcomings and how they in turn will make us all the more uniquely human. No one gets out with clean hands, not on this ride, and not in this lifetime.” —Tim Husmann/1st Base Runner
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Artist Biography: by Jon C. Ireson
Vignettes of a misty dreamland with emergent, pulsing mantras and addictive breathy vocals. 1st Base Runner is the immersive new project from Texas electronic indie artist Tim Husmann.
Music is a compulsion. In another life, Husmann performed with international acts at storied venues all across North America from the Troubadour and the Fillmore to Montreal’s St. James United Church, playing drums, synths, and arranging electronic live setups. For the 1st Base Runner mastermind, a hiatus of seven years was necessary to clear out the creative coffers of past projects in order to forge ahead with a fresh new sound. Striking out on his own he sought to coalesce his inspirations into an endeavour that tied together his love of vintage synthesizers, atmospheric musical acts, and surrealist cinema. With all this musical flotsam and jetsam floating around in his head, he was compelled to make his long awaited return to the scene.
Seven Years of Silence is a testament to patience and precise planning. Tim Husmann works with the meticulousness of a Reznor or slow play masters Godspeed You! Black Emperor, wrapping each of his astral post-punk pieces in airy layers of cosmic synthesis. ‘Only One’ takes clanging eastern bells and repurposes them for a rainy Bristol mood. ‘All Thoughts’ hits at the essence of gothic pop, brooding crooning over a danceable beat and an infectious melody. ‘Pirouette’ creates a suspenseful dreamworld scene with Husmann’s gravelly whisper offering words of support, like a boxing coach giving last minute guidance before the next round. The record maintains its grainy glow from start to finish enveloping the listener in rich analog goodness.
Born in Amarillo, Texas and residing for most of his adult life in Austin, Husmann now lives in the hills outside of the hip cultural capital. He crafts his concertos conveying the ironies of the human condition from the privacy of his personal studio on the acreage. A highway burn removed from the neon distraction of Sixth Street and the live music crucible of the Red River District, Husmann can channel the wind whistling through the thicket on those vast Texas plains to inspire the airy waves of cascading sonics that proliferate Seven Years of Silence.
Alongside the release of the album, 1st Base Runner is releasing music videos for ‘Break Even’ and ‘Only One’ directed by visually-arresting visionary video director Matt Mahurin. Of the music film maestro, Husmann says: “I really respect Matt a lot. I find his technique to be incredibly unique. He has a very wonderful way of combining moving image with painting and still photography. He also does all of it himself at his private studio”. The director is responsible for Sturgill Simpson’s ‘In Bloom’ and Tom Waits’ ‘Hell Broke Luce’ videos. Both feature a striking set of heightened reality visuals and demonstrate a style perfectly tailored to Husmann’s cinematic compositions.
1st Base Runner will also release a five-track EP Ellis later this summer with a more pop-leaning dub sound. Seven Years of Silence is out April 8th on limited edition vinyl LP as well as all major streaming platforms.