What happens you wistfully mix up light beats, heavy synths, pulsating production, stunning vocals and one hell of a cover of Ms. Dolly’s “Jolene?”
You get the ultimate feel and finesse of Brooklyn based duo, Death by Piano, who are no doubt making waves all over the music scene with their dark wave sound, style and sass.
The collaborative brainchild of the dazzlingly talented pairing of Kalen Lister and Greywolf, Death by Piano–while their name sounds ultimately dark–is a bold and beautiful production that reels you in from the very first beat drop and won’t let go until you’re completely immersed in it all.
That music hypothesis is firmly evident in their hot-to-headphones new E.P., Countdown, which besides “Jolene,” (keep on readin’) also includes the heartbeat-mimicking title track, as well as the haunting “Caves,” in which PureGrainAudio proclaims that the latter successfully blends “dark wave, downtempo, electronic, indie and trap” and that “the duo are a must-hear.”
Luckily for all of the music fans out there (which is hopefully…everyone), you can hear and thrive in all of what Death by Piano have to offer right here.
But first get to know them around the music tea table, where they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape to spill about their beginnings, influences, and of course, how “Jolene” came into their worlds.
First up, tell everyone how Death by Piano came to be….GW: Kalen and I used to play in another band together. We often joked about starting an “electro side project”. When the band folded we decided to pursue it seriously and here we are now.
What are both of some of your musical influences? K/GW: Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Policia, Phantogram, the XX, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails.
Moving on to your latest E.P, ‘Countdown,’ you have a brilliant take on Ms. Dolly Parton’s legendary song, “Jolene.” How did that all come to be? K: In a way the song chose us. While writing vocal parts for a new track, I sang “Jolene” on top of it between takes and the rest fell into place. It’s a favorite of mine and I love how the music made me reinterpret it; I connected to the lyric in a deeper way.
Any future plans for the rest of the year you can tell everyone about? K: We’re wrapping up a music video for “Countdown” that’s been a great collaborative process with Robert Lux. We’re going to go back in the studio to work on our next EP and keep volleying our demos back and forth. A DBP writing retreat is a goal of mine. An opening slot on a national tour is a year end goal.
What words of wisdom would you both personally give to any young dude or diva out there who decided right this very second to enter this crazy music and entertainment business? K: Make music if you love making music. That may or may not mean you enter the business side of it. GW: No matter what you do musically what matters is that you feel something. If you’re feeling it, odds are someone else will.
One last sip…….describe ‘Countdown’ in 1 word…. K: Change.
And there you have it. For more tea with Brooklyn’s very own Death by Piano, peep this…now.