A.O. Gerber — Another Place to Need (May 22, 2020)USA FLAG   A.O. Gerber — Another Place to Need (May 22, 2020)   A.O. Gerber — Another Place to Need (May 22, 2020)♦ℜ♥   „Pro mě je toto album o fantazii,“ vypráví A.O. Gerber o svém debutovém LP Another Place to Need. „Je to o fantazii, osamělosti a o tom, jak vás život v beletrii vlastní hlavy může udělat osamělým.“ Umělkyně se sídlem v Los Angeles bude grupovat největší zájem od fanoušků Angel Olsen a Big Thief díky jejímu provokujícímu písničkářství, jak je punchy a inspirující, protože je intimní a obratné. Poslechový zážitek neodráží lyrický kontext. „Jiné místo, které potřebujete“ je často uklidňující, někdy dokonce fascinující. Juxtapozice snového stavu se základní tragédií nalézá hlubokou emoční rezonanci. Příběh A.O. Gerber teprve začíná a tímto albem se postavila do řady nominací Tais Awards jako jeden z nejvíce podmanivých nováčků, kteří se letos objevili. A truly beautiful record... A.O.GERBER ©MARTIN GONZALEZ Bootleg TheaterLocation: Los Angeles, CA.
Album release: 22 May 2020
Vinyl release date: 03 July 2020
Record Label: Hand In Hive
Duration:     37:13
Tracks:
1. Old Blue   5:16 
2. Strangers   4:34 
3. In the Morning [Explicit]   3:02 
4. Full Bloom   4:19 
5. Tell Me [Explicit]   5:04 
6. Every Time   4:37 
7. Bleeders   4:02 
8. All I’ve Known   6:19
Personnel:
♦  A.O. Gerber: bass, guitar, piano, synth, vocals, wurlitzer
♦  Alex Oñate: drums and percussion
♦  Madison Megna: bass, guitar, synth
♦  GG: guitar, vocals
♦  Chris Pucher: guitar
♦  Madeline Kenney: bass, guitar, percussion, synth, vocals, wurlitzer
♦  Noah Weinman: trumpet
♦  Sasami Ashworth: french horn
♦  Haisem Khalfani: saxophone
♦  Marina Allen: vocals on “Strangers”
♦  Phil Hartunian: clarinet on “Full Bloom”
♦  Philippe Bronchtein: pedal steel on “In the Morning”
♦  Jacob Goldman: guitar, piano, synth, vocals on “All I’ve Known”
♦  Scott Brown: bass on “Every Time” and “Old Blue” 
Credits:
♦  Produced by A.O. Gerber and Madeline Kenney
♦  Additional production on “All I’ve Known” by Jacob Goldman
♦  Arranged by A.O. Gerber with help from Alex Oñate, Madison Megna, GG, Chris Pucher and Madeline Kenney
♦  Mixed by Pat Jones in Los Angeles, CA at Honeymoon Suite
♦  Mastered by Gus Elg in Portland, OR at Sky Onion Mastering
♦  Recorded in various studios and houses across California and North Carolina from January 2017 to December 2019, but primarily at Tiny Telephone (in Oakland and San Francisco), peermusic in Burbank, Phil Hartunian’s home studio in Studio City and Company Records in Oakland. 
♦  Engineered by Danielle Goldsmith (Tiny Telephone), Kenny Tye (peermusic) and Phil Hartunian with additional help from A.O. Gerber, Madeline Kenney, Derek Ted and Jacob Goldman in their home studios.
Photo: ©MARTIN GONZALEZ Bootleg Theater//12.27.18 A.O.Gerber 12 27 2018 ©MARTIN GONZALEZ Bootleg TheaterREVIEW By John Bell ⌊ 21 MAY 2020, 16:57 BST ⌋ Score: 9  
♦ℜ♥    When an artist transitions from writing for themselves to writing with a band in mind, a newfound temptation to take a maximalist approach would be understandable.
♦ℜ♥    And yet, on her long~awaited debut Another Place To Need, A.O. Gerber finds a near~perfect line of orchestration, one that builds to climax as surely as it blends back to compliment a spotlighted hook or moment of candid honesty.
♦ℜ♥    Moving from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles supposedly as if to dare herself, Another Place charts the multi~instrumentalist’s own bold steps in life and musicianship over the past three years, charting collaboration with newfound friends and artists whilst opening up space for insular inspection. With some of the songs dating back half a decade, the record was produced in phases alongside the help of friend and collaborator Madeline Kenney, whom Gerber has performed with as well as the likes of Runnner, IAN SWEET and Derek Ted during her time in L.A. The record also features percussion and brass from SASAMI Ashworth, aka SASAMI.
♦ℜ♥    It’s to Gerber and Kenney’s merit that all eight tracks fit so well together as a whole, though perhaps most unifying is the singer’s lyrical frankness. “Now I’m living one footstep away / I feel further, and further each day”, she mulls on the drifty “Strangers”, accepting that physical proximity needn’t mean emotional intimacy — a sentiment that may hit hard to couples questioning their own longevity under lockdown.
♦ℜ♥    Speaking with Best Fit earlier this week, Gerber explained how the track was written whilst doing the laundry, and as her reverberating “Oh”s build atop swelling synths and a quavering saxophone, it’s tempting to picture the artist staring wistfully through the circular window into the tumbling abyss.
♦ℜ♥    Dramatic builds are certainly one of Gerber’s fortes. “Tell Me” is a journey of its own, beginning solitary in keeping with its intimacy, before being carried with the rich and gentle flow previously perfected by the likes of Angel Olsen or Julia Jacklin, until it’s wailing peak. “Tell me, can we make love in the morning?”, she concludes, “Fuck eating pancakes and coffee / I just want to drown in the light”.
♦ℜ♥    Like the delicate, digital brush strokes of its striking cover by Alexa Nikol Curran, Another Place is peppered with moments of colour that materialise through otherwise cold and murky tones. From the “lilac painted ocean spreading wide” of “In the Morning” to the “pumping red” animated and at odds to the lifeless azures of “Old Blue”, we are invited to see Gerber’s impressions in full lucidity; a rich and beautifully coherent debut.
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Words: Matthew Pywell, Score: 8/10
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