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Overlake - Fall

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Overlake is a three-piece band from Jersey City, comprised of Tom Barrett (voice, guitar), Lysa Opfer (Bass, voice), and Nick D'Amore (drums) who has been honing their own unique brand of noisy dreampop, drawing from such stalwart influences as Dinosaur Jr, Slowdive, and Hoboken's own Yo La Tengo, since 2012. Overlake's sound can only be described as massive, with Barrett's delay-drenched guitar and whispery, laconic voice backed by the solid coupling of Opfer's driving basslines and angelic backing vocals, along with D'Amore's propulsive drum work. 

Their new record, Fall, was recorded and co-produced by Cheap Trick-obsessive Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Jennifer O'Connor). Unlike previous recordings, where Barrett would play all the drums, they went into the studio a well-oiled apparatus. What they left with was a more expansive collection of songs, their trademark sonics augmented by appearances of sparse piano and elegiac, mournful violin, courtesy of the incomparable Claudia Chopek.

Notes bend, shimmer, and boomerang all throughout the course of Fall, as do the lyrical sentiments. Loving glances turn into sources of pain, which mutate into some form of cautious optimism. Intimacy is fraught, its beauty fleeting. A period makes way for a question mark, which becomes an ellipsis. What Fall greatly captures is how these supposed stages don't always occur in any logical order, and can make reoccurring appearances. After all, an ellipsis is comprised of three periods...

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