Check out this playlist on my Soundcloud page for rough mixes of the songs as I finish them.
Hard at work on the next album. I already have music recorded for over 20 songs. Currently just writing lyrics and recording vocals. Hopefully, it will be ready this fall. In the meantime, here's a list of my favorite albums of 2016. Thanks and have a great 2017!
1) Bon Iver- 22, A Million
2) Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
3) Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam- I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
4) Sturgill Simpson- A Sailor's Guide to Earth
5) Lucius- Good Grief
6) Local Natives- Sunlit Youth
7) Brass Bed- In the Yellow Leaf
8) Weezer- Weezer
9) Miniature Tigers- I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy
10) Bosco Rodgers- Post Exotic
Static in Verona is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to "Odd Anthem", to be released in 2017. Some of the current working song titles include Madeline, Ruin the Riot, Burning Flowers, Charm of Finches and Effigy. Keep checking back for updates and song samples.
Thanks to everyone that included "Odd Anthem" on your year-end lists. Just added some more amazing quotes to the press section, in the meantime, please check out my own list for the "Best Albums of 2015".
1) Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
2) Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
3) Wilco- Star Wars
4) Twin Shadow- Eclipse
5) Dawes- All Your Favorite Bands
6) The Helio Sequence
7) Andy Shauf- The Bearer of Bad News
8) Cheerleader- Sunshine of Youth
9) Other Lives- Rituals
10) CHVCHES- Every Open Eye
"Odd Anthem" has been generating a lot of buzz online in the month since its been released. Such as a 10 out of 10 in Unsigned & Independent Magazine, an "A" grade on the Unappreciated Scholars blog, a play on Chicago's best radio station WXRT, a 9 out of 10 from Record Rewind Play and it was picked as one of Noisetrade's new releases of the week. Plus many very positive reviews in the following publications (please click the name to view the article): Alternative Tracks, Insomnia Radio, Music Nut, Music is My Radar, Reverb Racoon, 50 Third & 3rd, Glacially Musical, New Music Fever (Q&A), Mytacism Music, Make it a Thing, NE:NM and international blogs Indie Pop-Ups (Denmark) and Art Music Satellite (Japan).
Static in Verona's third album "Odd Anthem" is out now and is available as name-your-price at Bandcamp and Noisetrade and also available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and all other streaming/download services.
Static in Verona is releasing it's third album "Odd Anthem" on August 28th. Songwriter Rob Merz decided to take a different approach and instead of meticulously writing then recording the music, he started with very loose ideas and then experimented with the structure and instrumentation in the studio. This creative freedom opened the door to many new sounds and unexpected twists that may not have happened otherwise. Merz also focused on keeping the collection concise, catchy and upbeat to further engage the listener.
"Odd Anthem" is offically ready! Stay tuned for release information.
In the process of finishing up the new Static in Verona album "Odd Anthem". Hopefully it will be out sometime before the end of the summer. In the meantime, here's my picks for the
"Best Music of 2015 ... So Far":
1) Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
2) The Helio Sequence
3) Andy Shauf- Bearer of Bad News
4) Dawes- All Your Favorite Bands
5) Cheerleader- Sunshine of Your Youth
6) Other Lives- Rituals
7) Young Buffalo- House
8) The Vaccines- English Graffiti
9) Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit and Think ...
10) Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltin- The High Country
I release as I upload my annual "Best Music" list that I have not updated this site in a while. That is not due to lack of hard work, I just have been much more active on Twitter in 2014 than anywhere else (follow me at @staticinverona). Speaking of hard work, I'm actually 70% done with the follow-up album to 2014's "Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything", which since it came out in March 2014 is practically old news by now (FYI: Its currently available for FREE on Bandcamp). The new album will have 9-10 songs on it and I hope to release it mid-summer 2015.
Here's my picks for "Best Music of 2014":
1) Temples- Sun Structures
2) Beck- Morning Phase
3) Ages and Ages- Divisionary
4) Spoon- They Want My Soul
5) Interpol- El Pintor
6) Quiet Hounds- The Wild Hunt
7) Sturgill Simpson- Metamodern Sounds of Country Music
9) TV on the Radio- Seeds
10) G. Love & Special Sauce- Sugar
11) Damien Jurado- Brithers and Sisters
12) The Apache Relay
13) High/Low- Stuck in a Void
14) Thumpers- Galore
15) Literature- Chorus
After 3+ years of writing, recording and mixing, Static in Verona's second full-length album "Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything" is now available to purchase on iTunes and bandcamp.com.