Today, Column release their debut 7”, “I & II.” To celebrate the release, they follow-up the black and white Alex Leeds-helmed video for “II,” with the A-side of the 7”. The “I” video, premiered this morning over on Alt Citizen, finds a robed-Column performing deep in the woods, as our wandering protagonist sets out on a journey in search of answers. It was directed by Tim Nagle and is exactly as trippy as it sounds. Pick up the 7″ over in our shop, or stream the tunes wherever you do that sort of thing.
In February 2017, Twin Peaks took fellow Chicagoans Post Animal on a short tour of Michigan. Within a month, and on the tails of their budding friendships, Cadien moved into a home with all five members of the band: Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes, Matt Williams, and Wes Toledo.
Now roommates, Cadien and Javi wrote songs together, experimenting with open tunings and finger picking in ways neither had in their other bands, channeling John Fahey and Nick Drake through a lens more familiar to them. They quickly recorded a few instrumentals on a 50s’ portable reel to reel tape machine, with Wes playing drums, Matt playing bass, Jake playing synthesizer and guitar, and Dalton triggering nature sounds. And so Column was born.
It wasn’t until January of 2019 that the words were written and swiftly tracked. Mixed and mastered by good friend R. Andrew Humphry, “I” & “II,” the first entries in the Column story were written. Today, Stereogum premiered “II,” the band’s first public offering, accompanied by a black and white, straight-to-VHS (literally) video, directed by the band, and shot and edited by Alex Leeds. “It’s a sweet and welcoming clip that bolsters the message of the group’s plucky, harmonized tune,” says Sgum’s Connor Duffey.
Pre-order the 7″, available August 16th via Grand Jury, over on Bandcamp.