Georgia Rock Math Quartet Releases ‘Fit Pitcher’ Art Contest Visuals
Georgia four rooms, Art competition have deepened their abstract LP, math-rock, Adjust the pitcher with a highly stylized and meticulously edited visual analogue. The project originally came last year through Marching Banana Records as the first work to follow the evolution of the group in four pieces after the departure of a former drummer to work with others Athens native, Mothers. The staff change rushed into a slight change of pace, but, for the most part, the band stuck with their heady, full-bodied math rock that they featured in previous releases – 2014 Major in Mathematics and 2017 bears a misleading title 2 songs.
Thanks to these two LPs, the band found themselves working through layered loops of maze of guitars at breakneck speed and producing memorable and distinctive songs. The latter’s remarkable track, “Sports”, provides a great starting point for this period: brilliant riffs and great attention to detail setting the scene for a surreal and enthusiastic pun and liners that don’t translate. necessarily on paper but are delivered with conviction it gives them the impression that you know exactly what they are saying. This is perhaps Art Contest’s greatest success: they are able, despite the animatronic nature of some of those time signature tinkering, to scream and sing things like “He threw it” or “recompose. / redial / dial tone “over and over and over and over again making you feel like you get he.
Three years later Two songs, these tools have been revamped as the outfit returns with its most cohesive and conceptualized project to date. Adjust the pitcher is an overloaded, neurotic study of communication and language that breaks down ideas such as how we share experiences with others and the shortcomings of trying to use words to say how we feel. Similar to Radiohead Child A, Fit Pitcher finds the leader Cole monroe mechanics, approximation of emotion, calculation of urgency. The album feels like giving an alien a dictionary and watching him speak, move and communicate for the first time.
Starting with the title, for example, we have a series of possibilities as to what a “shaped pitcher” is. In the words of the group, “‘Fit Pitcher’ – one who throws a fit, an ideal communicator, a fit sports player. Fit Pitcher is a practice of translating energy into focused expression. It is a celebration of calm and collection found at the central point of the goal, like a stormy eye formed to meet its wild arms. ” Lyrics like “he picked up a large white vase and planted it”, are delivered tron-esque, ascending keyboard loops stumble in a vocal march something like vignettes but more sterile. There is a dryness in the lyrics foiled by the myriad of guitar tracks and the force pushed through Monroe’s voice. Through this kind of deconstructed look at songwriting, they are able to explore ideas like the goal of communication and a struggle to really relay experiences and feelings through words.
This album is a perfect vehicle for a visual addition and the finished video we have here really reinforces some of those themes, breathing new life into times like Cole passively but full of focus throwing water out of the boat: the ship sinking? Is he afraid? These visual analogs are able to effectively add new layers, all the time superimposed under a shot of Monroe playing the album from different rooms in his apartment. It starts when he looks out of an airplane window and finds the Atlanta skyline below: a mostly static image of the city that is objectively true but also tells you very little about Atlanta. It must be a theme in the video as a sort of mirror of lyrical pluralities. Later, for example, he goes to the University of Georgia football stadium, but there is no game and no one is there. That presence is in front of him and he’s ‘there’ but he’s still looking around, waiting for something to happen. He stands by the side of the road waiting until he leaves calmly without ever being in conversation with that moment.
These events begin to evolve into a Monroe theme showing us things that we don’t really see in meaningful ways. There is a series of photos taken from a car window in a tight perspective. The trees, the boats, and the island life all fade away really quickly, so sometimes you can pick something up and say ‘oh he’s on the island now’ or ‘I think he flew to a tropical place ”, but the shooting is also deliberate. fast, too close, or too indistinct. The subject is captured but not communicated.
The project corresponds to the type of passion project that feels evident in Adjust the pitcher. The attention to detail in the audio and visual components of the album creates a compelling two-part narrative that deserves that extra step. In addition to this visual album, Art Contest released a range of products with cassettes, CDs, and a USB stick containing the album, all available through their Bandcamp page linked below.
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