Free Music Friday With Benjamin Gibbard And Lymbyc Systym
Hi everybody. Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed‘s Free Music Friday. We have some great music for you today. The first is a track straight from Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) called “Set Yourself On Fire“. The second track today is from a duo that we really like a lot. They’re called Lymbyc Systym. The track is “Falling Together” and it’s a wonderfully rich atmospheric piece.
We are in Seattle right now, getting ready for three days of great music at Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. We’re thrilled to have been invited for the second year in a row and will be bringing you lots of front of house and behind the scenes photos, interviews and more. We hope you have a great weekend wherever you are and look forward to having you join us next week for more music news for music fans.
Other cities, other plans; different friends, different dreams; former loves, former lives. After fifteen years in Death Cab for Cutie, Benjamin Gibbard didn’t make his first solo album in search of a new beginning; instead, it closes a door. “These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking” he says of the dozen tracks that comprise Former Lives. “They’re a side story, not a new chapter.” Still, what we keep for ourselves is often just as interesting as what we choose to share. Former Lives is a gorgeous shadow anthology, the exuberant sound of one of our best songwriters finding his voice by experimenting with those of others.
Former Lives will be released October 16th on Barsuk in North America, and on City Slang in the UK and Europe on October 15th. Today we have two tracks from Benjamin. The first track, from Former Lives is called “Teardrop Windows” and it’s streaming only. The second track is called “Set yourself On Fire” and it’s available for download.
During the three years that brothers Michael Bell and Jared Bell spent writing and recording their new album Symbolyst, they spent more time apart than they ever have before. After several years of steady touring in support of two full-length releases and an EP, the brothers found themselves on opposite sides of the globe, with Michael living in Japan and Jared studying graphic design in Brooklyn. The geographic distance led them to rely more than ever on the trust they’ve developed over the years spent creating together. On their third full-length, the brothers have assembled an immersive album of melodic pop songs.
Symbolyst draws on the band’s eclectic pool of influences – The Jackon 5’s funk, Jung’s dream theory, Bergman’s existentialism, Baudelaire’s prose, and Wright’s organic architecture. The distinctly catchy melodies and head-bobbing rhythms are immediately inviting, while the densely layered polyrhythms, harmonies, and countermelodies reveal themselves over multiple listens, making for an incredibly rewarding experience no matter how many times you’ve heard the album.
The album’s title, Symbolyst, refers to the late 19th century movement in visual art, literature, theater and music. Much like the Symbolists, Lymbyc’s music evokes ideas, feelings, and experiences, rather than explicitly stating anything about them. The resulting songs tell stories without words, using a musical vocabulary to construct landscapes of universal joy and dread…disappointment and optimism. And now, here is “Falling Together“: