NOW IT’S OVERHEAD’S “FALL BACK OPEN” turns Ten Years Old
March 9th, 2004 saw the release of a couple stellar albums (the other being TV On the Radio's “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes”), but the one that holds a truly special place in my heart is the second album from Andy LeMaster's criminally underrated Now It’s Overhead, Fall Back Open. At the time of it’s release, my life was in the midst of a tremendous shift toward the unknown and I was pretty much unsure of what was to come, but Fall Back Open provided a pretty stunning soundtrack to those few months that were filled with excitement and change, pain and success, and ultimately new beginnings. Much like the band’s masterful, self-titled first album, Fall Back Open mixed dream pop, space rock, electro, and folk music to create an original vision that was often exhilarating, often heartbreaking, and always beautiful. It’s an album of pained themes, heartbreak and acceptance and the difficulties of finding and maintaining a love that feels real. The album also contains an absolute stunner of a closer in “A Little Consolation”, which is truly one of my all time favorite songs. It tackles the loss of a loved one in a truly lovely way in aiming for optimism, hope, and love, over frustration and pain. This past year, it certainly took on a different importance for me in losing my mother to cancer, but the song is and has always been there as a comforting sound throughout.
For those unfamiliar with LeMaster’s work with Now It’s Overhead, I highly recommend starting from the beginning with the self-titled, but Fall Back Open turning ten might be just as good a place to start as any. The album features guest work from Conor Oberst and Michael Stipe as well. You can stream the album below from Spotify.