Look through the window: it's the opening to the world of Pittsburgh-born/Portland-based Sara Renberg's incredible new Lo-Fi Indie record Night Sands. But it's too good, it's begging - DON'T JUST DO YET ANOTHER EMAIL Q&A INTERVIEW THIRD OUTING - I want to hear a real story about Night Sands. So, to take a real view inside the music - we asked Sara to tell us a story inspired by Night Sands using the lyrics found in each track. See if you can spot them...
Everywhere, batteries are dying. There’s a parliament of teens on the driftwood, as drunk as the clouds. I wonder which of five things they will grow up to be. I wonder if they all know what to do in the event of a tsunami.
“Haystack Rock is the third tallest megalith in the world,” you said when you first brought me here, which isn’t true, but I’ve never let the fear of turning a party into an ex-party get in the way of a little fact checking. And the facts: it is a majestic upward jab of earth; in the spring and summer it is covered in tufted puffins; The Goonies was filmed here; I’ve never seen The Goonies; I found a bent penny in the grass; megalith isn’t even a word. This is a reason we are friends. One moment you are the ballerina, and I am the cop, and then we switch.
Sea anemones in the tide pools. Wild rabbits in the hedge. Ping pong in the basement, listening to a battered cassette of the Forrest Gump soundtrack.
We’re taking a break from the future for the summer. We eat sandwiches in the sand and walk by the corner store: CHEAP COLD BEER SOLD HERE. The ex-party becomes re-party and I forget that I am the only gay person in this house.
It is kind of you to bring me to the birthplace of your imagination. Now that I have these images, I can imagine you better. To confess: when I look at the ocean, I can see how I’ve been a river. When I sleep in a twin bed, I wake up in the past. When I make us coffee, we make it into the present together, and I can imagine a future where I could have a problem in front of you.
We think that speaks volumes about this wonderful record release. Lo-Fi, Indie, poetry - whatever you want to call it. Inspired by Silver Jews, Mirah, Liz Phair - whoever you want to say. This record is an inspiring example of when true poetry meets music.