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Providence

by Single Lash

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Nicolas Nadeau audaciously bares all as the frontman of Austin’s preeminent shoegaze ensemble Single Lash on their debut LP Providence out October 26, 2018. Heavy walls of effects drenched guitars and synthesizers back Nadeau’s dejected vibrato and woefully honest song writing, epitomizing the art of crestfallen chic. Single Lash delivers introspectively satiating songs that emote the existential struggles of heartache and loneliness through thick layers of feedback draped across a driving rhythm section. Providence is the breakout effort from Single Lash, captivating audiences with a seductive embrace while offering an engaging and cathartic release.

Nadeau’s music, fashion and art aesthetic developed in early adolescence and left him at odds with the traditional surroundings of suburban San Antonio. Providence is a reference to his escape to art college in Rhode Island where he set out to craft his talent for painting and visual art. Nadeau did not anticipate the intense gravitational allure of the local noise and experimental music scenes which quickly inspired him to start playing guitar and writing songs. Nadeau naturally evolved a texture based approach to guitar, echoing the ubiquitous effects of the post-punk and industrial bands that first piqued his interest in music. Nadeau’s lyrics became the therapeutic outlet to navigate his lifelong feelings of isolation, adopting the moniker Single Lash from the outset. After releasing several solo demo tapes and relocating to Austin, Nadeau expanded Single Lash into a band, recruiting talented multi-instrumentalists such as Neil Lord of Thousand Foot Whale Claw and Future Museums. Single Lash is now fully realized and orchestrated, featuring a dynamic cast of accomplished musicians and innovative arrangements that broaden Nadeau’s songs into compelling and polished works.

Providence is Nadeau’s pursuit of genuine self-examination. There is an underlying confession throughout the album’s eight tracks, eloquently expressing the pain of regret with poetic and humble exposition. The charismatic lament of songs like “Broken Tongue” and “Unheard” is profoundly candid and broadly accessible emotional territory that carries a visceral and personal appeal. Gracefully embodying the true essence of the lyrics, Single Lash’s lush instrumentation vividly contextualizes the nuanced hues of Nadeau’s voice with intuitive reply. Acoustic 12-string guitar and piano on “Shredder Orpheus” and “Visitations” complement the sustained trails of fuzz and reverb while bass and drums hold down a smooth and catchy structural anchor. Single Lash’s dense subject matter is conveyed through unabashed pop melodies and irresistible hooks on “Frozen Honey” and “Come True” giving the listener immediate satisfaction while instrumentally descending into tone authorship. From powerful lyrics and meticulous musicianship to the ominous cover art by Nadeau himself, this album is the culminating effort of Single Lash to establish themselves as an important new voice in underground music.

Like many great songwriters and performers who came before, Single Lash has ingeniously dialed into the tribulations of the human condition. Nadeau’s poignant persona and musical artistry make Providence a destructively beautiful and rewarding master work.

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released October 26, 2018

Guitars and Vocals: Nicolas Nadeau
Drums: Neil Lord
Bass Guitar and Keys: Justin Sweatt
Bass on “Shredder Orpheus” by Max Parott
Keys on “Shredder Orpheus” by Neil Lord
Engineered and Mixed by Ian Rundell
Produced by Single Lash
Mastered by Joshua Eustis
All songs written and performed by Single Lash
Lyrics by Nicolas Nadeau
Original Art by Nicolas Nadeau

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Track Name: Come True
Called back with soft insistence
Providence discreetly cast the snare
Failures- no, no one ever
Like we failed to stem the flow- so drained of feeling

But dreams don’t-
Come true

Come true
Come true
Dreams don’t come true

Confiding with sharp resistance
I was very wrong so let’s make it worse
Dig my hands and rip the life out
Led into the sweetest dream- the knives come out

The veil’s removed and I pray that it won’t-
Come true

Come true
Come true
If I don’t dream, it can’t come true

I’ll just lie and stay awake
I’ll just lie
Track Name: Frozen Honey
Whisper softly, secret. Pained and rasping hiss when it’s cold
I guess I can’t bear bitterness for what I can’t recall
Speak the truth- if you knew, why didn’t you tell me?

Even if you’re right, I won’t do what you ask me to do
Even if you’re right, I won’t do what you tell me to

Stark in streetlight holding- knife to carve some warmth against the night
I can’t help but feel that I was misled after all
Speak the truth- if you knew, why didn’t you tell me?

Even if you’re right, I won’t do what you ask me to do
Even if you’re right, I won’t do what you tell me to
Track Name: Shredder Orpheus
Fog from distant star
Shrouding
Stones beneath my feet
She calls
Must go up to go down
Must go down to get out
To where?

Eurydice- my wandering shade
Half-awake, lost in an ashtray
Like a finger-trap, you pull away
Day breaks, day breaks
But I don’t have the strength to change

Light on distant shore
Vivid gray and recognize a face
Low and buzzing sound
Turn to find no one

Eurydice- my only faith- Lilac gray
She could see me how I could be
She could see me how I really might be
And I hate it and I hate it
But I don’t have the strength to change

Eurydice, Eurydice, Eurydice, Eurydice
Track Name: Visitations
You’ve come through so many black rooms to find me
To find me
Belief
Visitations
Track Name: Asthma
Whistle and I will come to you
Hotel bedroom sheets won’t comfort you
Idle hands are torturers
Writhing like snakes in milk will do
It’s too strong
The bangle’s drag along my spine makes me forget that I’ve been choking on this
Heart of hate for so long
Surreptitious sighs at night
Self-abuse from spite:
Just leave it out, leave it out
Living by creeds that were rotten from the outset
It’s all a vain enterprise

Whistle and I’ll come to you
I’ll come to you
I’ll come
Track Name: Unheard
I’m trying so hard to please you
I’m trying so hard to please you
We just want to know when we can give up
We just want to know when we can give up

I see your faith decay
You feel all your hopes were unheard
I fooled you all this time
You know all that love was wasted

Speak the right curses
Be the right person
Speak the right curses
Was your faith worthless?
Track Name: Broken Tongue
Please speak up
Best left unsaid
Dull, dead tongue
Promised you that we’d stay young
Did we believe it?

I know by now you’ve forgotten you knew me
If I left a mark, it should be a scar

We fucked up
It’s worse than dead
Broken tongue
So many chances
I lost each one
Couldn’t believe it

I know by now that you’re sorry you knew me
If I left a mark, I’m so sure it’s gone by now

I’m here, pulling my tongue out, ‘cause I know I can never speak to you
And it’s clear that I hate myself more than I can love you
And I try just to numb myself, ‘cause it’s true I could never know you
And it’s clear that I hate myself much more than I could love anyone

It’s so close
It’s sewed closed
Track Name: Final Complaints
Clear-eyed for the first time in my life and as I pass away,
Time moves so slow and much too fast

These are my final complaints: youthful, unknown
These are my final complaints: I’m no wiser now than I ever was

Cruel lies- spoken soft enough to sound like loving truths
And I reach blindly in the dark. What extends to meet my grasp?

These are my final complaints: tasted the salt of life
These are my final complaints: the sting remains but the source is lost

I’m sick to death
I’m sick to death
I’m sick to death
I’m sick to death

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