Hey here’s the first review of Silhouette.
Kevin Meyer songs feature intimate vocals perfectly cradled by spare instrumentation, all of which has Meyer inviting favorable comparison to Sufjan Stevens. Look no further than Kickstarter-named album-opener, “Silhouette.” Its acoustic guitar and xylophone support the lush vocals, “look away my darlings / I don’t want you to catch / their poison” — the lyrical “poison” beautifully rendered on repeat.
Meyer classifies his Zephuros project as nature folk, but it is one that works best outside the animal kingdom. I don’t agree with The Shins that caring is necessarily creepy, but microscopic looks at the animal kingdom can be a bit off-putting. Even Joanna Newsom’s 9.5-minute “Monkey and Bear” was less description-based, and might not have worked without Newsom’s bouncy harp and bizarre/beloved Bjork-like vocal.
It is Zephuros’ album-closer, “North Star,” that is the exemplar of nature folk, and is closer akin to Laura Veirs than Newsom. The track is proof that, with the right subject matter, Meyer is a poet of considerable skill: “tall black waves rip / and toss our broken ship / swirling clouds cover our heads / like a blanket from the bed / on the ocean way out far / we rely on the north star.” Perhaps Zephuros’ interests are idiosyncratic, but Kevin Meyer’s musical performance is all natural beauty
thanks to Bryan Cahpin over at Chicago Indie Music live
There you have it ladies and gents. The third album from Zephuros will be called “Silhouette” and thats the artwork above! huzzah!
This design actually happened last minute, I planned on going in a different direction but something about the previous design just felt incomplete. I’m still fine tuning the inside of the CD (which will be a 4-panel digipack) / I still have to check spellings of people’s names and what not. But I should be sending this to get duplicated and send the poster to be printed and buy all the packaging materials that I need to ship this stuff.
I still have to come up with something for the t-shirt. So hopefully I can come up with something soon get those made as well. Tentatively looking to mail everything out mid-late January.
I also have a gig booked on Sun, Jan 27 at Reggies w/ Needles in the Red & Chris Pickering. I don’t plan on having a CD release show (at least at this time) so maybe this will serve as a pseudo release show. And I’ll make the music available on bandcamp that day.
I’ll update again with photos of everything and the “box set.” Crazy to think that this coming to an end. Almost as crazy as how long it took. haha.
Big update guys.
I have given the word to Nate to move onto mastering this here album that has taken almost two years to complete. (Mainly because I had to write some songs and find time to self record and everything)
Nate has added a lot of cool instrumentation and I think the songs themselves sound really good. And I hope you all like it when I finally post them all.
I sent out the kickstarter information to the pledgers to get the stuff I need and more importantly for them to vote on the song title. (If you pledged, you should have an email)
I narrowed it down to: Meteors, Hooves, Silhouette & Pinch.
So we’ll see what it turns out to be. Then I can start on creating the artwork and all of that, which will be exciting.
Still no idea on the release date and a potential release date show. Definitely would like to have it out before the end of the year. But i dont know how long it will take to get the physical cd when i send in everything.
Anyway, here are a couple shots from the show a few weeks ago, taken by my pal Corey DiNardo.
Guys. Nate sent over all the tracks to me (unmixed) with instrumentation he added to some of the songs. So I can start narrowing down things.
Right now there are 15 tracks. Two short instrumentals and 13 songs. I’ve listened to a few so far and I’m getting really excited as these are sounding great. They sound intimate and charming. I might have a difficult decision narrowing these down. But down worry. I’ll have leftovers that I’ll still send to everyone.
I’m going to come up with some album titles once I finish listening and will send out that info.