Airhead DC - Crush Hi
$5.00 - $20.00
Airhead DC - Crush Hi
$5.00 - $20.00
Crush Hi is available October 26, 2018
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Washington D.C. native Vishal Narang’s experimental pop project, Airhead DC, is a meditation on love, spirituality, and creative freedom, informed by Narang’s personal life and genre spanning musical influences. Although Narang’s creative output has consistently changed shape over the past six years while he has moved between D.C, Los Angeles, and New York, his music has always been an excuse to collaborate with other contemporary artists and exercise emotional catharsis. Narang’s newest release as Airhead DC, Crush Hi, is set for an October 26th release on Danger Collective Records. The album is his most concise statement yet, documenting his own manic infatuation during the first year of a romantic relationship.
Narang has pursued music through his entire young adulthood, but his first proper band came about after moving to New York to study art history at NYU. Through a mutual friend, Narang met Greta Kline (of Frankie Cosmos) and the two quickly decided to start playing music together after noticing their similar sense of humor and mutual enthusiasm about each other’s songwriting. After deciding on the name Milk Ghost, Narang and Kline began practicing regularly, creating Beat Happening inspired arrangements to Narang’s anecdotal songs about friends. Building on that experience, Narang started Nirvanus, a solo electronic project inspired by the many noise and house records he found through the Greenwich Village record store, Other Music, like Black Dice and Smallville Records releases. Through Nirvanus, Narang introduced himself to new equipment and recording techniques, incorporating samples, live instruments, and heavy use of effects together for the first time. After graduating college Narang decided to move across the country to Los Angeles, where Nirvanus eventually caught the attention of the budding indie label, Danger Collective Records, before returning to the East Coast and reinventing himself once again as Airhead DC.
Airhead DC was a clear departure from Narang’s previous projects, and showcased his talent for creating vibrant instrumentals with nuanced song structures. A handful of releases were put online from 2015-2016, but by the beginning of 2016 Narang began work on his first proper studio album, Crush Hi. After realizing the new works which he performed during this period might not translate as well as lo-fi recordings, he started from scratch with brand new songs and new arrangements of old songs better suited for a full four piece set up. By the time he was ready to begin recording Crush Hi, Narang had written a wealth of songs reflecting on both the emotional turbulence and bliss that comes with falling in love and entering a long term relationship. Rather than taking his usual route of recording alone at his parents house in DC, Narang decided to enlist the help of Cherry Glazerr members Tabor Allen, Devin O’Brien, and Sasami Ashworth, to produce, engineer, and perform on the record. Allen, O’Brien, and Ashworth helped Narang craft a clear sonic vision for the album, expanding on Narang’s demos and giving the musical arrangements the same emotional density as his lyrics.
With Crush Hi Narang and his collaborators made every effort to create a dense pop record full of what Allen referred to as “ear candy.” The tracks that make up the LP are populated with glistening moments of infectious hooks, bright melodies, and textural rhythms. The album’s polarized sonic influences, ranging from early Beck to Sade to Beach House, come together in a miraculously cohesive collection of songs, showcasing all of the emotions that came with Narang's devoted partnership. Crush Hi is as nourishing as it is fun to listen to, and sees Narang forcing himself out of his comfort zone. The albums confessional lyrics and dancey beats create harmony with conflicting forces, and construct a vast landscape for Narang’s unique songwriting.
It’s taken Narang three projects, a dozen live arrangements, and two cross country moves to create his most musically challenging and emotionally complex album to date, and Crush Hi is well worth all the growth Narang has gone through to make it.
- Honey-Colored Flame Blown off My Candle
- King Charles Spaniel
- My Pillow
- Mouth Breather
-First pressing on limited to 250 standard 140gram black vinyl
-limited to 100 copies on translucent blue cassette