Stream Vacant Lots’ Closure and read the band’s song-by-song commentary
On Friday, September 30, Brooklyn duo Vacant Lots will release their new album, ClosingGoing through Club Fuzz Records. The group previously released singles “Consolation Prize” and “Thank You”, each balancing a hazy, gothic atmosphere with heart-pounding beats and dancefloor-friendly synthesizers, balancing the timeless cool of The Jesus and Mary Chain with the middle pop immediacy. -Depeche Mode of the 80s. It’s music for dark sunglasses and leather jackets, late-night car rides and the ecstasy of gothic dancing.
Ahead of its Friday release, Treble is hosting a stream of the album in its entirety. Jared Artaud of Vacant Lots also provided track-by-track commentary for the album. Read that below and stream Vacant Lots’ Closing.
When something ends, it’s much easier to look back and see what it really was. Over time, you can see the duality of love and loss in a clearer perspective. It’s a process, but nothing is worse than wasting your time. Sometimes it’s more devastating to waste the time you had than the person you thought you loved. It was pretty surreal hearing Iggy Pop play it on his radio show in February. It kind of started the cycle of the album feeling more real.
At the start of any relationship, you can really lose yourself in another person. There is something inherently infinite but also terribly ephemeral in love. Beneath the surface is this feeling of will it last forever or will it last for now. You start out reaching for the stars and end up thinking that life is your consolation prize. I mean, if you’re thinking “life is my consolation prize,” then you know you’re in trouble.
I like simplicity not only in the music but also in the lyrics. There’s a tension and vibe created here that really shows another side of who we are and the music we love to make. I don’t see the closure as an end but rather as a new beginning.
The pervasive uncertainty during the pandemic didn’t influence the songs in any obvious way, but it did amplify pre-existing feelings of isolation. I was more affected by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant than by the indefinite social distancing. Nevertheless, we were writing in a more direct and vulnerable way than ever before and I think that shows on all the songs, especially this one.
When I take downers, I find myself really amplified. That’s how this song, Thank You and Consolation Prize was born. Our longtime friend in New Mexico who we call Night Nurse gave me a vile of liquid morphine. It lasted about a week, that’s how these 3 songs were made.
Chase talks about the struggle to love someone across different time zones and the desire to close that separation gap. The mood of the album changes here before the record comes to an end. When we were working on this song, sometimes I wanted to dance and sometimes I wanted to take a pill and sink into the couch.
We recorded the whole album in our two home studios during the pandemic. We were never in the same place at the same time when we recorded this album in confinement conditions. But that didn’t affect our method at all, which was to build each song track by track until it was finished. No demos. No repetitions. No need to go to a bigger studio to re-record stuff. Work with what you have and then up to Maurizio to mix it up. This one is about movement and atmosphere, so we stole the title from the visionary master filmmaker, Antonioni.
BRIDGES ON FIRE
Sometimes I get obsessed with chord progressions. And whole songs are built around a simple idea. I let myself become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. For me, love songs are steeped in a lot of loss. There’s not always light at the end of the tunnel, but you can always burn bridges to light the road ahead.