KNIFEPLAY – ” Animal Drowning “

Posted: November 20, 2022 in MUSIC

Knifeplay is a band that eludes definition, existing somewhere between the nihilistic detachment of shoegaze and the emotional honesty of folk songwriting. Originally a solo bedroom recording project of Tj Strohmer’s, they’ve made a slow and careful shift into a collaborative, production focused, studio recorded band. Through their ever-expanding genre palette, range of fidelities, and long list of collaborators runs a unique current that ties everything together.

Informed by his experiences living in Philadelphia and their contrast with his rural southern Maryland upbringing, Strohmer’s sometimes straightforward, sometimes dreamlike, but always philosophical lyrics feature scenes of darkness from many different aspects of life. He deals with themes of death, drugs, heartbreak, abuse, and self-destruction, all expressed through a delicate vocal style, which, combined with the band’s lush orchestral instrumentation gives a beautiful lightness to the heavy subject matter.

Since their 2017 debut of home-recorded EPs, Knifeplay have earned a dedicated cult following through acclaimed debut album “Pearlty” (2019) and a lengthy “B-Sides Compilation” (2020), all either self-released or through small run tape labels. In 2021 they entered the studio with producer Jeff Zeigler, known for his work with Kurt Vile, Nothing, The War on Drugs, and more, first producing the “Hurt Someone” EP (Born Losers Records) before recording their upcoming sophomore full-length, “Animal Drowning”,

released October 19, 2022

All music written by Knifeplay

Tj Strohmer – Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting
Alex Stackhouse – Bass
John Sciortino – Drums
Max Black – Keyboards, String composition
John Klein – Guitar

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