Evening Stalker is an attention-grabbing alternative of title for 1st Base Runner’s fifth EP, given the Netflix bioseries of the identical title being so well-liked. These of us sufficiently old to recollect, particularly in case you lived in Southern California on the time, might have much more of a visceral response to this EP and the music connected to it. Apparently this was on goal.
The resurrected true crime Netflix story of serial killer Richard Ramirez, tagged by the media within the 80s because the Nightstalker, implies that GenX youngsters of Los Angeles and Orange County who have been instructed to maintain their home windows closed at evening advert nauseam at the moment are not the one ones conversant in stated story. It’s unknown whether or not 1st Base Runner was impressed by the sequence or is, in reality, a type of GenX youngsters, however Evening Stalker is well his darkest providing to-date.
With lashings of goth bands like Bauhaus and post-punk acts like Pleasure Division, Love and Rockets and Tom Waits heretofore prevalent in his music, it doubtless wasn’t a really tough transfer for 1st Base Runner to tip over into darker territory. Evening Stalker is nonetheless a reasonably stark change. Solely somewhat little bit of the attribute shoegazey guitars are left on this EP. Even then, in tracks like “Within the Neighborhood” and “Darkish Drive Via the Canyon” the guitars are tuned in direction of the maudelin and/or eerie digital sound design, which provides this work a way of insanity and desolation solely hinted at in earlier works.
One other 1st Base Runner signature has at all times been that even in probably the most emotionally tough tracks, there’s been a small trace of hope or appreciation, largely in the way in which the harmonies meld collectively to create and uplifting tilt to the music. That trace continues to be there in Evening Stalker however it usually feels at conflict with the creepier elements of the tracks, so as a substitute of concord we get discord or, as with the title observe, confusion and worry. This observe lives as much as is title, and genuinely seems like a sonic illustration of what the within of a serial killer’s thoughts would possibly really feel like. It’s visceral, pogniant and makes a robust case for not giving in to intrusive ideas. One might say there’s somewhat reduction with closing observe “The Serpent and House,” however one might additionally see it as merely the peace and launch those that have given in to their demons really feel as soon as the evil deed is finished.
As with all !st Base Runner releases, Evening Stalker was launched with an exquisite and comparably visceral video for the observe “Darkish Drive Via the Canyon,” directed by the prolific Dilly Gent of Son&Inheritor Productions and Radiohead fame. Dilly has been inventive director on numerous 1st Base Runner’s video tasks however this has been the primary one she’s shot hands-on. With the juxtaposiion of terrifying and elegant motion and imagery within the video and the form of movement cease vs compositional shot vibe she created, it’s protected to say it was a great choice that she picked up the digicam. A fancy observe like “Darkish Drive…” wanted a fragile and expert hand with the video to match what the artist was making an attempt to say, and Gent captured it completely.
It truly is sobering, the extent of high quality and creativity 1st Base Runner has managed to maintain over the past two years since he launched his preliminary “All Ideas” single and subequent Seven Years of Silence album. The again story behind this challenge and the whole lot Tim Husmann, the artist behind 1st Base Runner, has been by means of would point out he doubtless has many extra tales to inform. The truth that he’s dug even deeper on Evening Stalker to discover the darker elements of humanity means he’s removed from completed.
Evening Stalker is out now and will be streamed on Spotify. Take a look at 1st Base Runner’s YouTube channel for extra lush movies and extra on his story.