Stylized as “cherishes”, the new project of songwriter and former math rock musician Angelo Gambatesa, has released his debut self-titled EP, a delicate, shining, carefully crafted and beautiful shimmering effort. Best described as intimate guitar pop, cherishes takes clean electric guitar and vocals and hyper magnifies all the subtle tones and textures that make singer-songwriter music so human and meaningful. Stand out track “Gaslighting” is a prime examples of how much someone can convey with so little. Several lines stand out throughout this track; “I’m confused about how I should feel”, “Our hands did the talking” “I wish you’d speak more”, “The longing only lingers”… each line builds on the next in pure, raw, and almost terrifying vulnerability. This EP is a reminder; with so much emotional music having come out in the past decade, it’s almost easy to forget how much bravery goes into making an album this honest, and cherishes is the freshest version of this music that’s crossed our ears in quite a minute. To listen to this without your undivided attention would be a mistake, make sure to while your read our exclusive interview with Angleo below:
Hi Angelo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been pretty good recently, thanks for asking!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Gaslighting”?
It’s a song which traces a narrative centered around the minutiae of letting go of a person/place/thing, amidst the seeming impossibility of feeling as though you don’t have the clarity or understanding to be able to do so. It’s about how making sense of the varying ways in which one can feel abandoned is disorienting and often paradoxically reasserts or remaps whatever absence is clawing away at oneself, in a cyclical manner. And painfully so.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
On a personal level, it’s probably the amalgamation of a handful of lived experiences, which I imagine to be things which many people could relate to feeling or experiencing at some point or another, in some shape or form.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a long and special day that was spearheaded by my friend Natalie Panacci, who I can’t say enough good things about as a person and creative force. I don’t figure much in the video, so I spent a lot of time just hanging out with a bunch of really nice folks on set and being awestruck by the fluidity of the day, whilst watching Natalie’s ideas come to life. It all felt very grand, and it was.
The single comes off your new self-titled album– what’s the story behind the title?
At the time I wrote and recorded the song- about three years ago- I was talking with a friend about it and she mentioned the term ‘gaslighting’, which I hadn’t heard before. I felt that the literality of the word’s meaning succinctly and startlingly captured what the song was about, so I elected to name the song as such.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote and demo’d the songs over a period of a few months; they’re composed of chord ideas and the like which I’d had hanging around for a couple years, in a few instances at least. These 3 were part of a larger batch of about 9 songs I believe. I polished them up lyrically and structurally with the help of my friend Spyros, before bringing them into the studio to record and finalize with our friend Brendon. I can’t thank those two enough for all their work and tireless contributions.
What aspect of isolation and self-discovery did you get to explore on this record?
I feel as though there is something akin to a closure of a certain sort happening for me with these songs. They are an exercise in moving on, as well as an affirmation that there is a constructive way to navigate despair and the aftermath of hurt. The songs, and perhaps the project at large, are a manifestation of choosing to remember instead of forcing to forget- an acceptance and an acknowledgement of pain and the things I cannot change, tending to these things in hopes of finding footing.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The desire outright to encapsulate and share certain feelings or moments, as part of a larger ethos of making sense of the world.
What else is happening next in cherishes’ world?
Definitely aiming to create and share more music as soon as possible.