Spectator Announces Single, "The Only One"
The new single, "The Only One" from St. Louis duo, Spectator, is like a deep haze smoldering in a dream pop woodland. Layers of droning synth and buzzing guitars crystalize and intensify with sonic overtones, revealing a sun-drenched rose blossoming in slow-motion. Soft percussion vaporizes, giving way to rhythmic drums and soulful vocals. “The Only One” is out for release on March 28 and is off the upcoming album, Charlie, Baby (out April 12, 2019). The album will be released in Scandinavia, Europe, and the US on Nordic Records.
"The Only One" pulses with energy under stars dotting a darkening twilight sky. Each element of the instrumentation collides and swells with dreamy potency. Humming synth quavers behind strokes of guitar that buzz with voltage, the distinguished sound of each string rippling out in circles.
Charlie, Baby is Spectator’s second full-length album and was recorded at Native Sound Recording in Saint Louis. The themes behind the songs that make up the album are pulled from both personal experiences, and experiences from society at large. Each song lyrically interprets various forms of loss including the loss of loved ones, freedom, and homes, as if examining them under a microscope. The album as a whole takes a step back, connecting the dots of each experience, exploring what is lost but also what is gained through loss. Charlie, Baby reflects on the lonely nights, the empty hearts seeking fulfillment, and holding onto remembrances of something or someone disappearing from view.
Charlie, Baby Track Listing
- The Only One
- Hold Me Close
- A Dream of You
- Your Things Are Still Here
- Save Me
Spectator consists of wife and husband duo, Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert, who first met in 2006 in Saint Louis, Missouri. After years of playing each other’s songs, they began to cultivate their individual ideas that naturally blended together to form Spectator. The duo draws comparisons to the dream-pop sensibilities of Mazzy Star and early Tennis. They’ve shared the stage with Cotton Jones, Tennis, Gardens and Villa, Louden Wainwright, and Kate Nash. They released their first EP, In the Brick, in 2012 and their next album, The Last Exchange, in 2015, both being recorded at Centro Cellar Studio in Columbia, Missouri. Produced by fellow Saint Louis musician, Kevin Bachmann (Summer Magic), who is also featured on bass, Charlie, Baby is being released April 2019 in Scandinavia, Europe, and the US on Nordic Records.