Ciao For Now

by Baseball Gregg

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1.
Purgatory's Pleasant
2.
Food Is Gross
3.
Till The End Of Time
4.
Restless
5.
Boston

about

Just a few months after the release of Vacation, Baseball Gregg is back with a new EP, which was recorded last August during their Italian tour. On Ciao For Now, the group’s third release in three years, Gregg explores new sonic territories. They have left behind the tropical, pastelle sounds in favor of digital synths and acidic snares; the EP feels clear-headed compared to the groups previous work.
The experimental pop philosophy of the EP continues to push forward throughout the disc, in homage to the extravagance of Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato and the fun loving attitude found on the 1965 record Beach Boys’ Party!
The EP begins with two propelling songs, Purgatory’s Pleasant and Food Is Gross, in which frantic cumbia-inspired rhythms follow Baseball Gregg in their attempt to properly digest the world around them. The psychedelic and frantic kraut rhythms of Till the End of Time speak of escapism, followed by Restless, the most traditional pop song on the EP and a welcome return to Gregg’s previous sound.
The EP finishes with Boston, in which Gregg takes a step off the dance floor to contemplate the larger world around them. Joined by label-mate Setti, Gregg contemplates the personality of Boston, a city they have never visited, and find peace in the vastness of the world.

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A pochi mesi dal debutto sulla lunga distanza Vacation, i Baseball Gregg ritornano con un nuovo lavoro, registrato lo scorso Agosto durante il tour italiano nel quale il bolognese Luca Lovisetto e Sam Regan (metà californiana della band, di stanza a Stockton) hanno suonato live per la prima volta insieme.
Con le cinque canzoni di Ciao For Now, terzo disco in tre anni di attività per i Gregg, il sound del duo approda in territori sonici inattesi. Laddove, infatti, il precedente disco insisteva su sonorità tropicali e palette cromatiche pomeridiane, nei nastri DIY di Ciao For Now il consueto songwriting indiepop della band è graffiato da strati di synth digitali e snares acidi che rivestono di una patina lucida e al contempo straniante l’intera opera.
La filosofia pop sperimentale dell’EP (i cui eterogenei numi tutelari, citati anche non troppo velatamente fra le righe, rispondono al nome di Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Radio Dept, Kraftwerk...) danza senza soluzione di continuità con la stravaganza cantautorale di Franco Battiato e l’attitudine indolente e rarefatta del falò di Beach Boys’ Party, talvolta accelerando con ritmi benzedrinici di cumbia digitale (il dittico “digestivo” Purgatory’s Pleasant e Food Is Gross, le cui architetture irregolari e XTC-iane sfociano in sfoghi sincopati e disallineati), talora rallentando bruscamente e assestandosi su coreografie narcotiche dai contorni sfocati e dreamy (Till The End Of Time). In Restless, traccia densa di quell’inquietudine sommersa che permea il disco, assistiamo invece al fugace incontro tra il Bowie di Modern Love e la nostalgia post-adolescenziale del mai sopito bedroom pop Gregg-iano. Solcata da melodie stanche à la Sparklehorse ed echi di Angelo Badalamenti, la sgranata ballad Boston (impreziosita dalla presenza del label-mate Setti) conclude dolcemente questo EP breve e impaziente. Talvolta fa capolino un effimero senso di euforia: per provare di nuovo, per un momento, a dimenticare l’opaca malinconia dell’arrivederci.

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releases December 19, 2016

Songs written and performed by Baseball Gregg. Ciao For Now was recorded and mixed in Sasso Marconi (Bologna) between August and September. Guest vocals in track #6 by Nicola Setti. Mastered in Seattle by Dylan Wall in October 2016. Artwork by Stefania Corneti. Baseball Gregg are Luca Lovisetto and Sam Regan.

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Baseball Gregg is a pop duo from Stockton by way of Italy.

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