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ARTIST
TITLE
The Heavens
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
UUAR 002CD UUAR 002CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/20/2004

"Rusty Santos is a singer/songwriter based in New York. More than being directly influenced by any one aspect of his musical explorations, The Heavens is a voice that has been filtered through years of interest in everything from German Minimalist (Kompakt, etc.), to the current make up of New York experimental music, to more melodramatic rock records like Sparks or early Brian Eno. Lyrics are central to Santos' songwriting process; he talks about things like getting beat up by a group of kids as a child, about being looked on as a preppie as a young adult, about how sounds can be more expressive than words, his themes usually represent equal parts optimism and doubt. Although he has a unique approach to writing them, the lyrical urgency of Rusty's songs reveal homage to earlier performers ranging from Syd Barrett or Neil Young to Ian Curtis or The Violent Femmes. At its core The Heavens is essentially an acoustic singer/songwriter venture, but Santos bent is to focus as much on the sonic landscape as on the songwriting process making The Heavens an in incredibly sonic pop record reminiscent of the electronic orchestrations of OMD or the epic pop of the Northwest '90s indie rock."