Premiere: 23:23 – Letters

2323 - faraway island EPBy now, you should be aware that 23:23 is the nocturnal music adventures of Delay Trees frontman Rami Vierula. A one-man side project for a series of lo-fi home recordings in the form of fuzzy, dreamy songs that recently have been compiled and released as the 23:23 Album Trilogy.

Today, you can listen the first taster from a brand new EP called To Die On A Faraway Island With You, which will be out in early October via Soliti. The track Letters is a poignant duet with Ringer Manner (The Hearing, Pintandwefall), in which a backdrop of noise and fuzz supports a heartbreaking pop melody. The singer yearns for unanswered letters (‘full of my I miss yous’) sent to a long lost love, before the song brightens up, finding a ray of hope. Imagine Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, watching Dinosaur Jr videos and recording late at night in a basement while they wait for the sun to rise.

Lucky me, I  already had the opportunity of listening to the whole EP and I can only say it features some of Rami’s strongest songwriting ever. With an accented sad-pop sensibility (think Big Star), at times,  the music is painfully beautiful.

Check out Letters below and while you wait for this new EP to arrive, why don’t you read the thoughtful review of the 23:23 Album Trilogy, written by fellow Rosvot Markku on Maitohotelli?

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