Video Premiere: Conversation – “Empty Lots”

Androo Meyers / July 21, 2015
Photo by: Gary Magill

Oakland’s Conversation are gearing up to release their debut LP Take Care Of Me but a single spin of the album’s 11 tracks would lead one to believe that they’ve been doing this thing for years. With a penchant for clever and unrestricted guitar lines and a constantly coaxing bass, the band sounds like the impatient offspring of Television who spent their days on a steady diet of every notable pop, rock and progressive group derived from the last 3 decades since the release of that pioneering art-rock band’s final album, Adventure. There’s strong resemblance to the late Ambulance LTD. just based on the collaborative strength of the songwriting alone. Life near the California coast has given them an affinity for surf-tinged, booming guitar work (from Kameron Johnson) and lush Rhodes-inspired keys (by Erik Freeman). Paired with stream of consciousness falsetto from bassist/vocalist Philip Bergstrom and ever shifting drums from Kevin Figueroa, the songs feel incredibly complete and expansive; a headier version of the perfect Summer long player.

The album’s first track “Empty Lots” gets an appropriate video treatment; a simple and effective flash reel of 80’s visual ephemera which captures the song’s nostalgic overtones. Conversation’s debut album Take Care Of Me is out August 6 through Portland cassette imprint Apneic Void and will also be available digitally and on cd (pre-order those here.) If you find yourself in Fresno, CA on August 6th, be sure to catch their album release show at The Arthouse with support from Light Thieves, Le Wolves, and Quiet Americans.