White Violet Hiding, Mingling on LP
White Violet is four young men from Athens, GA. Their names are Vaughan Lamb, Brad Elliott, Josh McCauley and Nate Nelson. Their debut album for Normaltown Records is named Hiding, Mingling. Nelson has been writing songs for ten years and already has releases out there under his own name. Everything on Hiding, Mingling originated as Nelson's songs, but it didn’t end that way. This is White Violet. It’s less a traditional band than an idea: a practical construct within which each composition has its edges erased, its bluntness buffered and its ghosts more elegantly shrouded.
“When I look around/It seemed clearer before.” That one lyric from the lead track, "White Wash," could sum up the whole experience of Hiding, Mingling. Even the album’s title betrays the push me/pull you nature of these songs. There’s bliss in their claustrophobia, sweetness to their defensive sneer and a commonality to their singularity. This is night music. This is the sound of one heart beating. It’s not sing along; it’s sing alone. It's a record for the tired fighters, the weary and romantic. It’s for those who struggle between breathing in new life and exhaling a sigh.
If you’ve never been resigned into the necessity of isolation, struggled to make sense, or tried like hell to hold onto hope against all reasonable odds, then you might not get it. You can open a window and lie on the floor. With Hiding, Mingling on the stereo you’ll drift into that peculiar half-sleep where this life’s anxiety keeps you fitful until, at last, you succumb to the comfort that only dreams await.
White Violet Hiding, Mingling Track Listing:
1. White Wash
2. 4 AM
3. Lays Around Lazy
4. Second Wind
6. Everyday Is Listening
8. Tight Rope
9. A Book
10. Ghost, Teacher, Girl, and I