Ryan Graveface is a man of many trades. He runs Graveface Records & Curiosities, a storefront in Savannah, GA, as well as the record label it encompasses. And he's also a musician who has had his hands in the work of a number of different bands, as well as writing and recording his own material. Sound is very important to Graveface.
But since the release of his 2012 record, "And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave" (under his Dreamend moniker), he's been dealing with a rare medical condition that is slowly taking away his ability to perceive certain frequencies and tones, noticeably altering the way in which he writes, arranges and records his own music. But it's not keeping him from continuing to find the weirdness and wonder that can be had from stringing notes together.
Over the years, he's been using the Dreamend moniker to work his way through a mass of various genres including post-rock, shoegaze, dream-pop and, really, any other aesthetic he can get his hands on. And he'll keep digging through these sounds when his new record is released on April 6 via Graveface Records.
Upon finishing it, he didn't feel that there was a single musical concept at the core of the album, and so he left it untitled. He sees it instead as "a massive life transition in album form" and his most experimental collection to date. He got a bit of help on some of the songs from label-mates The Casket Girls, TW Walsh, Night School and Kid Dakota.
On his new single, "Falling," Graveface constructs a clattering pop wave, filled with dark melodic corners, layered vocals and a wash of collected influences. Opening with some electronic blips and blemishes, the track quickly coalesces into rhythmic free-for-all, a blunt and warbly noise that demands your attention and rewards your patience. Almost gentle in parts, it rises and falls against his processed vocals and the surrounding ocean of sounds, achieving an unexpectedly natural sense of motion and responsiveness.