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  • Bryon Harris

Distant Creatures – ‘Unsure’

Distant Creatures are a Washington based dream pop band. The group is formed from Mina Karimi (vocals), Chris Mathews (vocals and guitar), Dane Di Pierro (guitar and synths), Mike Lewis (bass), and Ben Silvernail (drums). The band was formed in 2015 by Chris and Dane who share a love for English indie bands of the 80's and 90's. In 2016, they released their debut single titled, “Escape,” and soon after the band began working on their first full length album. In the summer of 2017 they released their LP record titled, ‘Snares in Safe Harbors.’ Off this project, their song “Unsure” featuring Valerie Kuehne (cello) and Kim Venitz (violin) is the perfect way to introduce yourself to their stellar sound.

The song beings with a reverberate, melodic guitar line before breaking into the full arrangement. The instruments blend together to create an entrancing

soundscape leading into the first verse.

After the brief intro, the vocals enter singing, “It doesn't matter what I'm thinking/Or what I tell myself to do/Circumstance has made its plans/of whats in store for you/whats in store for you?” The vocals sit further back in the mix giving them an ambient sound, putting more focus on the instrumentals in the track. Still, the vocals give off a haunting timbre that will send shivers up your spine as they sing through captivating melodies. “Unsure” is about looking back on those awkward and lonely moments in your youth when you were wondering whether the person your longing for feels the same way. Reaching the chorus, they enter singing “Why do I bother?/This is just a sad refrain I can offer/You know I'm not sure/What this forlorn heart is for,” as the arrangement opens up, creating a nice transition between sections of the song.

Distant Creatures boasts a unique sound that listeners will fall in love with. Their song “Unsure” is a just one relatable track to love of off their new album ‘Snares in Safe Harbors.’ For more information on the band or to purchase their music, visit the group on Bandcamp.

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