Presence is a Current
With a reputation like Rager, one may count on the music on Presence is a Current to sound like demise metallic or the like. However one could be flawed: The general vibe right here is dreamy, hypnotic, chill. There could also be some rage within the lyrics, and there are notes of damage and betrayal, however they’re balanced by grief, mourning, love, and a way of simply holding all of it collectively. Rager is, the truth is, the “band identify” of Rebecca R. Borrer, of Hudson, who recorded this baker’s dozen of tracks nearly totally at dwelling of their attic. The singular effort was written, produced, combined, and carried out by Borrer, who sings and performs keyboards, piano, and guitar, and is answerable for the rhythm tracks and beats. The sound is generally minimalist and ambient, which makes the crescendos, after they come, all of the extra dynamic and thrilling.
Borrer has that uncommon present of figuring out the right way to make digital music sound private and intimate—principally by mixing their alluring vocals method up entrance. Laurie Anderson is a precursor, and the extraterrestrial aesthetic might have landed Rager a kind of spots reserved for bands within the third season of “Twin Peaks.” “Good Ones” is a standout observe, constructed across the line, “I believed you had been one of many good ones, however now I am stuffed with doubt.” At coronary heart it is an old style confessional folks pop quantity with a killer chorus and an adventurous melody line, couched in a Pink Floyd-like soundscape.