There’s not a lot to take solace in this time of year. All your mates have stopped drinking because of this strange new phenomenon called dry January and even if they hadn’t you don’t have any money anyway after you decided this was the year you probably should buy your family Christmas presents instead of sending a multipack card with a pre-printed messaged. But, there’s hope! While you’re bitterly dragging yourself to the gym in a “new year, new me” despair, plug in to Nicholas Krgovich. The Vancouver multi-instrumentalist is set to release album, The Hills on the 4th of March, an ode to LA that includes the hypnotic track, “Sunset Tower.”
“I wrote Sunset Tower on April 12th, 2009,” says Krgovich. “I was house sitting for my friends that weekend, spending most of the time at their wonky out of tune piano in the living room. This song fits into the “song written in 3/4 that doesn’t sound like a waltz” category which I like. Their house got demolished over a year ago and now when I walk past it it’s just a pile of dirt with tall weeds growing everywhere. I remember feeling like Alicia Keys when I wrote the main piano part and that felt good. The speaker in the song reminds me a bit of Joe from the Scott Walker song “Joe” if he somehow ended up at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Or maybe a character out of a Rod McKuen poem. That’s where the illicitness and dark comes in I guess? Pretty happy that I managed to fit the word “bathroom” into the lyric sheet too.”
We couldn’t really describe the song better ourselves, it’s a gloomy but hopeful offering that skitters between calm and unsettling. Spoken words sections scat through Krgovich’s dulcet tones in the perfect measure to prevent the track from being just another singer-songwriter’s outpouring of emotion. The video is a dream to boot, it’s like a private gig in the rolling Hollywood hills, strangely satisfying wanderlust instead of triggering it. Do we sound obsessed? We are.