Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Auto by Wendy Eisenberg, Ba Da Bing Records , 2020 on #neuguitars #blog
Drawing the connections between Wendy Eisenberg’s releases feels like undertaking a wide-ranging investigation. Albums of wildly inventive guitar, tempo-shifting avant rock and curiously leftfield pop fit together as offerings of Eisenberg’s curious mind. On Auto, their most innovative and inner-reaching album yet, Eisenberg explores emotional, subjective truth, and how it interacts with an objectivity no person alone can grasp. Inspired by the solo work of Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) and David Sylvian’s Blemish, with playing skills that have already seen them climbing Best Guitarist lists and an unvarnished vocal immediacy, Wendy Eisenberg has created an album of subtle display that resonates with maximal impact.
Auto has multiple meanings. First, automobile: “A lot of these songs were written about and mentally take place when I’m in the car on my way to gigs,“ says Eisenberg. Immediate melodies came to them on these trips, to which they’d later add complex guitar parts. And Automata: “I make myself into a machine, which is why everything that’s played is precise.” Finally, they frame their work in the literary technique of auto fiction, “the semi-fictionalized presentation of the self in a narrative form of growth,” as Eisenberg sees it.
releases October 16, 2020
Wendy Eisenberg: guitar and voice
Nick Zanca: synth, electronics, wurlitzer, organ, field recordings, tape objects, singing bowls, cello, electric bass on 4 and 7
Austin Vaughn: drums and percussion on 2,3,4,5,9 and 10
Nick Neuberg: drums on 6, 7, and 9
Nick Bisceglia: electric bass on 3,9,10,11
Brittany Karlson: upright bass on 6 and 9
Produced by Nick Zanca
Mastered by Simon Lancelot
Front cover photo by Keith Haley Robitaille
Back cover photo by Luna Galassini
Special edition insert by Marta Tiesenga