It’s hard to deny that great things come out of Brooklyn, and Lani Combier-Kapel, Amanda Salane, and Sara Fantry’s collaborative music project, ADVAETA, is no exception. Even though the threesome has been keyed into the New York music scene for years, it’s only this year that they’ve graduated to a full-length album. The resulting nine tracks are a complicated blend of grinding sound, textured melodies, and layered harmonies which are enormously satisfying to listen to.
Despite sounding like the name of a fictional company from Silicon Valley, ADVAETA is a Westernized version of a Sanskrit word that means “convergence of self and the other.” The three musicians showcase this convergence as a unified vision in their album Death & the Internet. It offers vibrant and siren-y vocals coupled with crusty guitar hooks and insouciant instrumentation. The songs are instrumental journeys through experimental soundscapes that encourage the listener to get lost in the band’s complicated mélange of sound.
In parts no wave and noise rock, ADVAETA utilizes fuzzy guitars, piercing vocals, tom drum dense beats, and at times unpredictable noise throughout their tracks. The intensity of the volume is reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine as well as other shoegaze darlings, without becoming derivative. And while it would be easy to rely on comparison to describe their sound (because so many different bands come to mind while listening to their music), it would be doing the band’s diligence and distinctive qualities a huge disservice. It’s the unexpected experimentation, as well as the dynamic instrumentation, that makes this album so uniquely wild.
Released on Fire Talk, the lyrics in Death & the Internet come from a variety of personal experiences, from death to love, and fanatical religious cults to – of course – the influence of the internet. In the energetic and reverb-laden “Angelfish” the lyrics, “he’s going to choose you,” sounds both encouraging and defiant. The moody song “Divide” is a combination of Combier-Kapel working the low end of her kit (tom and kick-drum heavy), while the crunchy guitar echoes, and the lyrics that remind the listener “[you] won’t change your mind.” And their single, “Hazel/Blue Eyes” is a grooving track filled with nostalgic sounds updated to make a rockin’ song to dance to.
The dedication of the trio has paid off hugely in their first full-length album. And the hard work is palpable in the careful construction of each song. While the New York City music scene might be fickle in its changeability, it’s unquestionable that ADVAETA deserves a place in everyone’s playlist and will for a long time to come.