"Heathens" by Cemeteries // Cemeteries Soundcloud (Streaming Now)
I know that I’m a big pusher of all of the music that Kyle J. Reigle (Cemeteries, Camp Counselors) puts forth, but there’s a good reason. Hitting the play button will be a better reason than I could put forth in words. So go ahead, do it. I’ll wait… see?
We last heard from his Cemeteries project a couple of months back, with the beautifully creepy one-off, “Feed”. And now, we’re in luck because we’ve got another one-off, entitled “Heathens”. Taking a step back from the synth-heavy atmospherics of recent releases, Reigle has gone and wrote a folk song - albeit, one that is firmly within the Cemeteries world. A lonely, autumnal guitar strum beneath airy, haunted vocals make up most of the song, and it’s more than enough to register a few dozen repeat listens - but as the sweetly eerie composition builds and ghostly layered backing vocals float in, so does an exquisite bit of shimmering guitar work that serves as a darkly dreamy outro. I made the comparison last time that “Feed” sounded like David Lynch producing Beach House, and that’s not far off here, but what it sounds like is Cemeteries - and for an artist so early in his career to have captured such a definitive tone and sound, while continuing to grow, is truly something special. Reigle recently made the transition from Buffalo to Portland, and has begun putting together what will be the next Cemeteries record. If it’s anything like this, we’re in for a wonderful listen.
Full disclosure: Though I consider Reigle a friend, I am genuinely impressed with each new artistic release. He’s a lovely guy, with talent for days, and I couldn’t be pulling harder for him to break big and gain the audience that he deserves. I sincerely hope this is his year.