I know there's no such genre as "night music," but I sure wish there was. It's hard to explain, but there are some songs, be they rap, pop, or rock, that just sound like, well, the night. They're dark and slightly eerie and have an almost sinister, seductive vibe to them. Travis Scott's "Antidote" and Grimes' "Oblivion" are two songs that comes to mind when I think of "night music," as well as basically everything by M83.
"End Of The Night" the newest single from San Francisco band NRVS LVRS (short for Nervous Lovers) is another prime example of what I'd call "night music." It's crepuscular and opaque, with a grimy layer to it that thinly disguises the vein of pop running through the song. Lead singer Andrew Gomez's rumbling, baritone voice is a perfect match for the song's up-tempo, electronic melodies, giving "End Of The Night" layers of complexity and texture that make you scratch your head and ask yourself, "Wait, is this pop or rock?" (Fun fact: The microphone that Gomez uses, which is purportedly well-suited for those with low voices, is the same model that Michael Jackson used to record "Thriller.")
Though the band's early material, from their 2015 album The Golden West
is decidedly more rock-influenced, Gomez said the band is now going in a more electronic direction. "We're transitioning from a rock band with electronic elements to an electronic band with rock elements," he said. "There's certain sounds on the computer you can't get in real life and I kind of wanted to see what it would sound like."
NRVS LVRS is a sextet consisting of Gomez on vocals, keyboards, and guitar; Gomez's wife, Bevin Fernandez on vocals and keyboards; Wendy Brents on vocals and keyboards; Aaron Hazen on drums; Clatyon Vorheis on bass; and Ryan McGee on guitar. They formed around 2014, but it wasn't until 2015 that the band achieved its current iteration of members.
Gomez, who is also a member of the rock band Sporting Life, came up with the idea to start a side band after purchasing the music production software Ableton. He started toying around with the program, creating electronic music tracks that "just didn't quite fit in with what Sporting Life was doing," he says. The new material "piled up" leading him to come up with the idea to form NRVS LVRS.
The Golden West
was recorded in 2014 at Different Fur Studios, and Gomez is keen to make it a point to work with different producers and engineers for each of the band's releases. "End Of The Night" was recorded in L.A. and produced by Manny Nieto, and the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled album will be recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland. "Different people spur different ideas and I want each of our records to sound unique from one another," Gomez said.
Listen to "End Of The Night" below and catch them at Bottom Of The Hill on Wednesday, April 20 with Haunted Summer and Annie and The Flight.