As mentioned in last week’s post, the new Nights on Venus song “Intimacy and Solitude“, is now posted online on the NoV page on ReverbNation. This seems to mark the beginning of a new era for Nights on Venus… I’m not sure exactly how it does – it just seems to, as the music and sound continues to evolve.
For one thing, we’ve moved into October and Nights on Venus – the current incarnation of the ‘band’ is now officially one year old as of next week (10/8). In celebration of that, for the month of October – the best month of the year (as any Libras and early Scorpios will tell you) – the song “Perpetual” from the debut album is available as a free download when you sign up on the NoV mailing list. (Note: this is not the e-mail list on the right which subscribes you only to this blog – the link takes you to the mailing list on Reverb.) Don’t worry, I won’t inundate you with spam…
Or, you can sign up from the Nights on Venus page on Facebook. Click on the Nights on Venus | Alternative player and join the mailing list there to get your free download.
Now, the new song…
Written, recorded and mixed in Dallas, “Intimacy and Solitude” is a further foray into electronica – the pulsating synth line that snakes its way through much of the song, the synth arpeggios – and continues in a more pop-oriented vein. In fact, the song basically grew out of that synth line.
The song starts off somewhat casually with a single E-flat note on the guitar. As the new album is being conceived, this is a carry-over from the previous song, as yet unfinished, and they’re meant to run together. Depending on how that works and sounds, it may or may not be there in the final version.
The title comes from an excellent book of the same name that I read some years ago (back in the 90s) – and cannot seem to locate now after all the moves of the last few years – by Stephanie Dowrick (subtitled ‘Balance, Closeness, and Independence’). So it has to do with relationships – the need for closeness and about maintaining one’s sense of self and space while in the midst of being close with someone. Intimacy and solitude would appear to be opposites but actually they’re intertwined.
“Intimacy – closeness to yourself in times of solitude or closeness to others in moments of sharing and connecting – reflects your inner world as almost nothing else does. And intimacy begins from the inside; it begins with your own self.” – Stephanie Dowrick
It also points to the fact that no matter how close you become to another person, you can’t ever completely know them nor can they completely know you.
Originally I had another working title for the song and then as it evolved – ‘organically’, over the entire month of September – I remembered that book at one point (and probably went looking for it) and thought it was a more fitting title. As with most NoV songs it’s about turning inward – ‘inner space’ music for the mind and heart… and possibly the body if you just need to relax/chill.
[Now before I go totally ‘new agey’ on you here, I’ll mention briefly that the baseball playoffs have started and my team, the Rangers took a beating tonight 9-0, so I’m a little bummed. Ouch! Here’s hoping they bounce back tomorrow. Fortunately, “Pulp Fiction” has come on IFC and brightened my mood a little. “Zed’s dead, baby…. Zed’s dead.”]
So give it a listen and feel free to leave a comment.
INTIMACY AND SOLITUDE
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Work is progressing on the 2nd album which is kind of shaping up as a loosely-defined concept album of songs for the evening of which “Intimacy and Solitude” is one.
Until next week…