In an effort to organize the nearly 50 emails a day pitching us on new music, the NoiseRoom has recently stared taking music and video submissions via SubmitHub. This will help all parties involved and you’re pretty much guaranteed a response.
Our first approval on this new platform comes from The Bergamot with their song L.A. and its dreamy video. And although the song has been out for over a year, we couldn’t help but think of current times. As Californians ourselves, there is this always this pull towards Hollywood and Los Angeles whether you’re in the arts or the business world. With COVID-19, more and more people are opting out of the big city life and this song is about that, leaving Los Angeles. While it’s not directly inspired by our present-day lives, it does get one thinking about the future and of moving on.
The Bergamot is an American indie-folk-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece.
From the Band:
So many great songs have been written about heading out west, not so many about leaving.
Somewhere between the lavish lives of the successful tycoon and the struggling artist, is the everyday story of someone packing up. Quietly moving on to the next phase of life. Getting away from the lure of dreams and distant hopes, and into the harsh reality: what comes after the dreams silently slip away? L.A. attempts to take a look at moving on with a dimly veiled eye of reality – with an ever persisting hope “I WANT to believe in you” but alas here we are.
The distorted howls call out to the listener, darkening an already bleak scenario. Almost as if a dream, being pulled from the light, falls into the depths of one’s memories. The music lurches on with a tribal beating – simple yet pushing – as the kick drum distorts the mix. The fleet-fingered acoustic guitars wind in an element of natural beauty, yet arriving at an uncertain resolve. The song contains what we have come to know as our sonic signature – a harmonious cacophony of layered vocals over a minimal mix. Resolving into a tailspin of sounds including feedback looped pianos through guitar amps, guitars through synths, taking the listener to it’s final resting spot as the harmonies begin their final chant “Goodbye L.A.” – “I want to believe in you” – “Goodbye L.A.” – “I want to believe in you”.
The song “L.A.” was originally written in the key of C, but in the studio was dropped to D to help deliver more of a crooning timbre for the lead vocals. Overall, I hope the song speaks to the emotion of moving on. Whether it be love – or dreams – this song attempts to illustrate an emotional perspective where you have to let go, but hopefully, are not lost.
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