We Will Collide is the debut cassette EP by the Queens, New York-based quintet Never. Brian Elder is the lead vocalist and principal songwriter, with Sachem Arvidson on bass and Stephen Dayton on drums. Their signature sound derives from the foreground harmonies of Jen Hitchings and Angela Simione, whose haunting refrains cradle Elder’s singing. Never correctly align themselves with the Dream Pop of My Bloody Valentine and the music from "Twin Peaks," but I’m also reminded of the spare, heartfelt tracks by indie heroes For Star.
These four compositions of exquisite yearning were rehearsed throughout venues in NYC and finally recorded in the sparse environs of Marfa, Texas, adding an open and timeless ambience.
On their Bandcamp page, Never wrote: “Embracing the roles of chance and chaos… the atmosphere of each item (is) specific and unable to be reproduced.” It took me a moment to realize they were talking about their handmade tee shirts and not their musical production philosophy, but it definitely fits!
The EP opens with the perfectly-titled “Sunken Wreck,” which establishes the Never Sound: slow beats, laconic basslines, and a wall of harmonies. Brian Elder’s aching, searching vocals guide us through the sunken wreck of what is probably an irretrievable relationship.
“I Want To Believe” is for me the EP’s highlight, augmenting the Never sound with a simple, repeating piano riff and reverb-drenched vocals. I love the somewhat obvious but perfect refrain of “I’m an Alien” in the context of Elder’s “X-Files” influenced reverie. Here and elsewhere, there’s a pleasing informality: no click tracks or drum loops were utilized, instruments mesh organically, and the vocals are not auto-tuned to 100% perfection.
“We Will Collide” slows down the proceedings almost to stasis, anchored this time by a repeated chiming guitar riff. At this point I might have preferred a slight detour from the Never style, no matter how gorgeously realized. However, that change comes with the final track “New Moon” which echoes 50’s R&B while still recognizably Never. This band is justifiably proud of its minimalist approach, but more surprises like this one would be welcome.
Finally, Kudos to Never for releasing hard copies only on cassette, further supporting the resurgence of this underrated medium (though you can still download digital copies.)
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