No Regular Play has come along way in their pursuit of sonic excellence.
Their freshly completed second album, “Can’t You See”, is the duo’s finest
showing to date. Forged amidst the fires of coping with the loss of a dear
loved one, “Can’t You See” is a testament to the power of creativity
triumphing over and transmuting adversity.
The multi-instrumental and impressively talented band consists of born and
bred Minnesotans Gregory Paulus & Nicholas DeBruyn who relocated to
Brooklyn, NY, 10 years ago. They are the same Crew Love stalwarts that you
should know and love. This time around, the gentleman have pushed their art
and craft further than ever before, fine-tuning each individual sound on the
album to an unprecedented level of detail with the help of talented producer,
Alex "Hammer" Hamadey. The end result is a work that is robust, substantively deep and ready to soundtrack your night, be it a steamy dance floor or
a romantic summer tryst.
For the unfamiliar, No Regular Play’s creative essence is that of artists
inspired by the dirty instincts of the late night dance floor but married to the
lush harmony of the concert hall. This essence is on clear display in “Can’t
You See”, and definitively thriving.
The duo began composing this album shortly after the passing of Gregory
Paulus’ father, Stephen Paulus, one of the most prolific American composers
of the last century. Consequently, the core of the album is driven by their
bold spirit to positively respond to a very intense period in their lives. The
songwriting takes a deeper tone addressing the topics of life, death, hope,
cherished memories and perseverance. “Can’t You See” is about remembrance and embracing the beautiful truth that the music will always live on.
The second track of the album, “Lake Gilmore”, carries an eerie nostalgia
that serenely enhances this theme of remembrance. The melody is an outline
of a chord Stephen Paulus used to play frequently, a stylistic hallmark. No
Regular Play recorded this melody on Stephen’s Steinway grand piano from
1925, a family heirloom and the same piano he wrote music on every day of
his life. Throughout the album, there are many recordings made on
Stephen’s piano, so listen closely on “Be Together” & “Never Be the Same”.
These were some of the last notes played on the beloved instrument.
No Regular Play will be touring “Can’t You See” the world over, expanding
the project with a full live band including piano, drums, and saxophone. They
have already gotten their feet wet with this wonderful live configuration, so
catch them as they move forward, one step at a time towards the
full-fledged musical masters they are destined to become.
2. Lake Gilmore
3. Waiting For Love
4. Hear You Sing
5. Summit Avenue
6. Be Together
7. Off The Line
9. Pilgrim Interlude
10. Can’t You See
11. Never Be The Same Available from 05.08.2016