October 15, 2014
Smack me in the face with an Elliott Smith tape. Bury me in Nick Drake box sets. And play "Old Hope" again. The wispy, there-and-gone track from the LA newcomer Angelo De Augustine's forthcoming debut album, Spirals of Silence, takes me back to the classics and gives me hope there'll always be new gems. Of his literal bedroom recordings, done on reel-to-reel, the 22-year-old De Augustine says: "I have a very basic set-up, but I tried my best to make the most of what I had through just experimenting with what was around… It's not really something that I control, but more of something that happens and I have to go along with it." Seems like it's working.