In this simple habitat the listener finds propulsive folk rock mated with lyrics of complex human emotion. The heartbreaking effect of a reservoir of memories devoted to a lover is explored on a bed of "Linens," for which the band shot a video with Show Me Shows.
The video opens with a shot of Justin Kinkel-Schuster, his bottom perches on the top of theatre seats. Andrew Bryant stands and gesticulates as he explains the beginning of his performance career. The palette shifts with flecks of a monochromatic color scheme and vivid, true-to-the-amacrine-cell recognition. Kinkel-Schuster sings lackadaisically and picks at his guitar. It is an intimate, simple moment with a man and his guitar -- a welcome paradigm shift from talkative, energetic groups of young men and women gathered together to explain their songs.
Such simplicity is the keystone of Water Liar's demeanor: content to lie beside a lover as nature creeps in through a window, humbled by human emotion. The memory told to the listener is in a retrospective. It is a memory of a time free from vanity. Such blinks in existence make idle time worthwhile: to be still and exist in space as devotion simmers in the air above. It is a rarity to find someone who melts time with affection. Someone who is crystalized inside the mind, memorialized as forever making breakfast as a swirl of cognitive senses permeate the picture that plays behind one's eyelids.
However simple or complex, those pictures are compiled into a motion picture of how one remembers their life. Memories never fade; they stay reserved and spring at inopportune or perfectly synchronous moments correlating time and emotion.
Water Liars have made a memory into a song, forever tying "Linens" to a real vision of what was.
Video: Jarred Gastreich for Show Me Shows
Audio Recording/Mixing: Kevin Koehler
Audio Mastering: R&R Music Labs
Lighting: Dakota Reed
Writer: Blair Stiles
Thank you to the friendly staff at the Hett Theater.