'Tomb', the third full length album from Thousand Oak, CA's Angelo de Augustine, addresses lost love, the cost of honesty, and the ramifications of regret. It's a deeply inward album, but like the best albums about heartbreak, 'Tomb' transforms pain into beauty. "This album is at its core a prayer for hope and clarity, and a prayer for love," says De Augustine.
The record is a significant shift from his previous home recordings, such as previous album 'Swim Inside The Moon'. It was recorded at NYC's Reservoir Studios with his friend and renowned musician Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), whose credits include work on albums for Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, and Rhye. 'Tomb' is a musical breakthrough for De Augustine, with Bartlett's artful production spotlighting his increasingly impressive songwriting.
The songs of 'Tomb' achieve grandeur with sweeping minimalism: a voice, a guitar, and the occasional flourishes of Bartlett's signature piano and instrumental arrangements. But the simple strength of songs like "Time," "You Needed Love, I Needed You," and "Kaitlin" will remind listeners that De Augustine is among the best of the rising crop of young, emotionally compelling singer-songwriters.
"Carcassonne," the A side of a new limited edition 7 inch, is a song by Angelo De Augustine about falling in love for the first time. On side B is "Effervescent Islands." The Carcassonne 7” was written and self-produced at home at the tail end of summer, soon after De Augustine released his second LP, Swim Inside the Moon, and played to his biggest audience to date supporting Sufjan Stevens at LA's Hollywood Forever Cemetery (his tour with Moses Sumney was then about to start). "Carcassonne" is one of De Augustine's most romantic tracks that starts by asking a simple question: "Would you be the only one / In my life with my love?" and ends with the tender epiphany: "There ain't much time in life before the lights go down / So I want to know you now," reminding us to love while we can.Side B's piano ballad "Effervescent Islands" is more mysterious, with references to infinity, hypnosis, "something supernatural," and "ephemeral light," but it’s still about love: “Anything to touch the silence one more time / Anything to feel the love we all shall find.”The sky-blue seven-inch, limited to 500, is available through his record label, Asthmatic Kitty Records, or at local record stores.
Swim Inside the Moon is a record by 24-year-old Angelo De Augustine. This second full-length of Angelo's career captures a sound he’s been looking for since he started playing music a decade ago:
"A sound behind the voice," says Angelo, who recorded all of this record in his bathtub using a reel-to-reel machine and a single Shure SM57 microphone. "I noticed that when you sing off a reflective surface you hear two voices. I was compelled to isolate that voice and bring it more to the front of the songs because in many ways I feel more connected to and comforted by that voice following me."
Listeners might hear Nick Drake's intricate arpeggiated guitar parts, Elliott Smith's pure vocals, or, at times, a likeness to the soulfulness of artists such as Vashti Bunyan, Judee Sill, and JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez. But for Angelo's part, he found this sound on his own terms. As to what these songs mean, well, that’s harder to say. "I couldn’t tell you," says Angelo. "I get into this place, and then I wake up with a song instead of a dream."