The city can be the loneliest place, and it’s so easy to fall into yourself within it. Maybe it’s the fact that everyone is on their own, and they all have their own ambitions, but the city just feels so lonely. It’s so easy to feel like you want to jump off the golden gate because it’s all very sweet until you become stressed, and you feel like you’re the only one feeling that way. This emotional feeling lingers throughout the often-static and jarring melodies of Edgar’s sophomore album “Golden Gate”. The city can be draining, but once you realize you’re not always going to succeed, everything feels okay.
The follow-up to 2014's 'Science Fiction is Reality', an 8-piece story that is sometimes psychedelic and also a thorough ride through technology is something of the past. “Golden Gate” is a new entity, and yet it borrows some of its predecessor sounds to enhance the narrative. This comes to fruition through the radio static noise, collages of found-recordings, and what-not. Like said before however, this is entirely a new entity. Through distraught guitar riffs, electric drums, and jarring hooks: Edgar! Finds his hook. “I wanted to emphasize the vulnerability, and panic in my head through the chaos in the music. There are times where you can barely hear my voice, and with that I wanted to show how often I felt like no one could hear my screams.”
This sound is very much the sound Edgar! Has conceived over his short-time in the music industry, but it’s most definitely influenced by both the east coast experimental flare, and also the garage pop vibe going on in San Francisco. Throughout these moments within the city, Edgar! Usually finds himself alone, a feeling he confesses in the lead single ‘Rocky Road’ – a lo-fi garage pop anthem about feeling like all your friends are fake,
Elsewhere on the record are tracks like “Shooting Star”, a song that puts you within a dream-like trance, only to throw you out like a shooting star falling towards the concrete. As you can tell from the album title “Golden Gate” is a title given from the dark meaning behind the Golden Gate. Symbolically, it’s a place where many people have taken their life. Throughout the album it works as a calling, in “It’s Okay to Fail” he sings – “Why am I thinking about the golden gate at twilight; at rush hour when it’s at its peak”. The Golden Gate calls our singer to do something morbid which in the end he never ends up doing. “It’s a tragedy without the tragedy”.
The album was put together over a long period over San Fracnisco, and the road-trip back to Maryland. Before this album social connections through former-band “No, Coach!”, and his graphic design school year were the cause to a melodramatic album. “I was so stressed, I didn’t want to live anymore. I want to stick a cigarette in my eyes, I was so stressed, but once I learned that everyone fails, I didn’t want to jump off the golden gate. I was relieved”.
Failure is hard to observe, and even harder to take in. However, once someone can realize that it’s okay to fail, everything will get better. “Golden Gate” is a coming of age tale that expands over that philosophy.
released July 16, 2016
Music by Michael Edgar
Produced by Michael Edgar
Performed by Michael Edgar
Photography by Michael Edgar, featuring models: Taylor Wega.
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