Spectator Announces Single, "Weight"
“Weight”, the new single from dream pop duo Spectator, sweeps a whirlwind of emotions through a vast, open heart holding on to something that is about to change. Layers of upbeat guitar symbolize the free, unbolted feeling of living in the moment as the moment itself begins to fade away. Bright, glossy melodies pulse, The rush of blood through a beating vessel in a single existence of pure euphoria. “Weight” savors the bliss of the moment before having to let go, 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.
“Weight” bursts with dream pop exuberance through the clenched fist of time. As the seasons begin to change, “Weight” lingers in the final, purest state of being right before the switch is flipped. Lyrically, the single establishes a juxtaposition between joy and longing. Each word acknowledges the inevitable effects of time fleeting, yet there is a strong craving to drink every last drop of its potent sweetness.
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, clarifying how the symptoms of loss are not only found in individual cases but spread like an epidemic. Charlie, Baby reflects on the lonely nights, the empty hearts seeking fulfilment, 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.