Ciao For Now

by Baseball Gregg

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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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released 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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Track Name: Purgatory's Pleasant
DIOS, SO MUCH PLEASURE
I CAN’T STAND IT, I FEEL LIKE SHIT

TIO, GIVE ME MONEY
I WANT FREE WEED, I’M SO HORNY

MY STOMACH FEELS LIKE I MIGHT BE SICK
IN HEAVEN NOTHING EVER HAPPENS
PURGATORY IS PLEASANT, LET’S KICK IN HERE FOR EVER

PRIMO, LETS GO SURFING
CAN U HELP ME — I’M ABOUT TO DROWN

DIOS, I FEEL LONELY
HERE IN HEAVEN IT’S SO BORING
Track Name: Food Is Gross
Food is gross, especially when pooped out
Then I flush, and everything gets better
Everything is going well

I told you not to fart, let’s sneak into Walmart
You want to crush my nails
I’ll take a shit while my heart fails
Everything is going well

There’s not enough room left
I find it hard to breath
My heart pounds in my chest
It’s time for you to leave

Food is gross, especially when pooped out
Then I flush, and everything gets better
Everything is going well
Track Name: Till The End Of Time
Through my veins she is flying. Can you feel the Rock? Can you feel the Roll?
Spinning, swirling and flying. Can you feel the air? Will you let it Blow?
Radiating heat: your skin, your eyes
The color of the sky
I squirm, I writhe, I feel alive
Till the end of time… Dance till the end of time
Through my veins she’s flying. Can you feel the Rock? Can you feel the Roll?
Let me dance till I'm dying. Can you feel the air? Will you let it Blow?
Track Name: Restless
I keep my clothes, I wanna choke
it’s my fault if we're still here
I bite my neck, I feel upset
and I complain, as always

I just need an empty pool
where I can drown my head

I wanna smoke, dad please quit smoking
I need to take a leak!
I break my Mac, I feel so weak
That I stumble upon you

I don’t want to look so lame
Is this a brand new low?

I’m going mad
It’s been a whole week since I left the bed
I’m hecka sad
Cause I didn’t know I was like them

I just wanna be with my friends
Staying with them and living again
Those old times living with my friends

I pledged my vote, I dig Death Note
I’m thankful for what you did
This cigarette which made you upset
Is the reason you hate me
Well summer’s gone, I’m 24
They all think that I fucked up
But can’t you see how much I’m restless
Let’s wrestle — I’ll punch you
I’ll kick you right in the nose
I love how much you bleed

Please finish this song as I take a poo
It won’t be long I promise you
Please finish my life as I take a break
Gently break my neck
Track Name: Boston
Oh Boston
We've never met
But in books and TV
You're there for me so I'll be there for you
Oh Boston
We've never touched
But it's all fine you exists in my mind and for me that's enough
If we should ever combine
I know that we'll have a good time
A walk through your streets is a dream that will happen in time
Boston, partito da te
Del posto ricordo il bosco, il porto, le streghe, il parquet
Boston facciamo un picnic
In un cimitero d’agosto che bello non essere qui con te