LA-based, small town PA-born, and raised on the music of the 1960’s and 70’s, I can relate to Evan Voytas. Except that I’m from a place much smaller than Kutztown (and I’m not LA-based). You could nitpick about what type of music I was raised on, too, but regardless, I still feel I can relate to Evan. I came across him by Hypem and Brooklyn Vegan and I’m so glad I did. I listened to the rest of his new release, Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere, and was kind of lost in that moment. It’s his debut EP for Cascine.
The music could be easily stereotyped as dream pop but that’s not what it is to me. I like the description on the record label’s site:Evan Voytas creates an intimate concoction of pop music that takes you back in time while pushing you into the future. It’s a sweet juxtaposition – like half-formed memories that you’re not sure ever really existed. So it is dream pop but it isn’t. It’s something that defies our traditional notions of the genre. It retains the mesmerizing sound but it’s got the nostalgic feel. I recently read, somewhere, something to the effect that Springsteen’s Born To Run is about when you know dreams don’t come true, but you still believe they might for you. That’s the same sort of emotional response that I have to this music. So, for me, it’s pretty profound.
I loved the picture that accompanies the EP on Cascine’s website because it’s the thousand words that describe Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere and it’s the same photo that is above. All credit to photographer Stephanie Seeley for saying it much more beautifully than I can.
SOUNDCLOUD: Evan Voytas – Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere