With the release of the Obscurities album, Sun Cut Flat brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with digital and natural instrumentation, dreamlike progressions, and a jazz like landscape, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie pop anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Toy Chest”, grooves hard in a digital lounge sort of way. Complete with a bopping bass line, and atmospheric breakdowns, and driving percussion, the song seems to build and breathe as it plays on.
“Toy Chest” is the first song on the project. The intro reminds me of a child opening an old toy chest that was tucked away in some attic, covered in dust, and being excited but also nervous about what might be inside. Chris envisioned the sound and title for "Toy Chest", and I immediately loved the direction it was going in. The synths just isolated from the drums and bass kind of made me feel nostalgic for something. The lyrics are partly about how we can barely scratch the surface of memories, or of understanding anything really. It's from the perspective of being 26, and wondering if in some ways we still live in those little play worlds we created in our minds as toddlers. The feeling of having your favorite toy broken or lost as a kid is pretty similar to having a close relationship end or losing a loved one as an adult,” explains songwriter Nick Lattanzi of the groups single.
Although the single speaks volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Sun Cut Flat is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“This album / EP has taken us to a more experimental / psychedelic / electronic area of indie pop rock but is still just scratching the surface of our potential, as it is a bedroom recording done on no budget and in only a few sessions,” says Lattanzi of the album and recording process.
After performing as a solo acoustic folk act at open mics in his hometown of Cambridge MA, Nick Lattanzi had the chance to play his songs on the main stage after winning WUMB's 2008 Boston Folk Festival. Sun Cut Flat was created as the name of his project and was used to release material he wrote in his second year of college at Boston University, in 2010.It was around that time he began collaborating with other musicians to perform live Sun Cut Flat songs at small clubs around Boston.
The songwriter then decided to take a break from guitar playing and singing for about three years. It was then that both Nick and Chris became engulfed in the world of sampling / vinyl-based production. Falling deep into the world of making beats and mixtapes, both friends went through different phases of record producing in different styles and genres.
After graduating college, Nick busked full time all around the greater Boston area and received so much great response during this time, it revitalized his love for singing, playing and performing. He then decided to move to NYC to link up with friends and begin recording new material and performing. The artists in Sun Cut Flat whose work is featured on the newest release Obscurities EP are Chris, Angelo, and Nick himself. There's been a rotating cast of musicians depending on the project or venue, but all have helped contribute to a unified sound.
The group has already played the stages of well known NYC venues over the last year- Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Pete's Candy Store, Arlenes Grocery, Matchless, The Bitter End, Cake Shop, and has previously opened for Wale' at a Northeastern University student event in 2011, as well as being featured on several respected independent music blogs and youtube channels.
The Obscurities album is available for streaming and download on most major digital outlets and the group is already playing at Musik Fest in PA this summer, and headlining at The Bitter End in NYC this April.
As Lattanzi himself puts it, “When people hear our songs, I hope they will consider the meaning behind the lyrics and be able to relate. I use this music as an outlet for the alienation, materialism and loneliness I see and sometimes experience living in a big city as a struggling artist, but also for the love, compassion and joy that exists here. I hope that people can relate to that and also be inspired by the independent spirit of artists like us in today's crazy music industry.”
To learn and hear more of Sun Cut Flat and the Obscurities album, please visit: http://suncutflatmusic.com/