The scenes painted by The Nixon Tapes dip into the crevasses of self-awareness in dire times, venturing towards unexplored routes of “the present, past, and what could be”, says Brian Lester, drums. Indigo, the band’s second official release, enters the scene on January 19th of 2018, shaking from the cold, but forthright in detailing where it’s been. Carson Hall (vocals, guitar), Taylor Neal (guitar), Jack Hoag (bass), and Lester, became close in high school, and have since taken seats at the table of influential voices to emerge from the Jacksonville music scene.
Where some falter at the prospect of having to independently compose a band’s identity and foundation, the four-piece nourishes their own path, and that of others, by shaping their impact with the consideration and strength in being a self-starter. The announcement of Indigo has been greeted with great anticipation within the Jacksonville DIY community, and will succeed Nixon Tapes’ 2016 release, Better Days. Indigo shares the intimate streak of bedroom recording, and achieves transparency, and earnestness, between listener and musician.
Indigo is touched with tone-establishing transitions, graciously sliding from track to track, and anchored by the question, “How did I let things get so bad?” There’s an uneasiness in recounting one’s problems, but Nixon Tapes’ admission of personal troubles are met with consideration, rather than judgement. “And that’s usually where big changes in life come from,” says Lester. Indigo is a perception that values understanding, not resolution.
Indigo encompasses listeners into the mapping of the Jacksonvilians’ lives, offering notes of caressing ocean waves, and the chirps of local birds that can be heard on any given morning. The gentle, seemingly minimal aspects of one’s life, are highlighted in the transitions, and could be “the next night’s sleep, or lunch the same day,” offers Hoag. These transitions seamlessly weave through the album’s course, offering balance, normalcy, or relief.
Indigo will be released on January 19th of 2018, and will be played in-full at Mockshop Music Exchange on January 27th. The Nixon Tapes will be accompanied by esteemed local acts, Boysin, and Jacob Hudson. Tickets will be available online for the event.
“Since we had posed the idea that these songs are questions, like ‘Is this a good thing, is this a bad thing?’– we’re not necessarily saying to the audience that we’re taking a positive or negative action in any of the songs,” clarifies Hoag. “The transitions are very beautiful, in terms of what’s going on, and they could simply be someone opening a window and taking breath of fresh air. Instead of trying to give the transitions a greater meaning, they are there for a breath, to consider ‘This is what’s going on, this is what I heard, this is something in between.’”
In reference to the stories told on the EP, Hoag explains, “We’re not saying whether or not these topics matter, or resolve, but that they just are– they’re just happening…You don’t always get closure with things of this magnitude.”