Maybe you head home, or take off, or hit the road, or perhaps you just sneak out back because the thought of finding everyone to say goodbye is too daunting, but inevitably, the hour will approach when you decide to shut it down for the night. Even if you’re not tired, even if there’s no reason to be up before noon, it’s time to call it an evening because you need to go for some reason. There’s an amazing feeling that comes with enjoying an evening to it’s full potential, especially right after a break-up, or a crappy day, when home is the last place you want to be. Nothing’s at home but cereal, and laundry, and ants, and no milk, so why the rush to get there? Lay Bac doesn’t subscribe to such arbitrary logic, and he’d like to compel you to take advantage of every last moment of darkness, and commit yourself to a prolonged inebriation.
Joseph Calamusa once called himself De Rol Le, but his new moniker, Lay Bac, better conveys the ultra-relaxed demeanor of a track like ‘Stay Out Tonight.’ It’s not a demand, or an order, but more of a gentle suggestion, that you wander the surface streets, until sunglasses are needed.
“Chillwave” has yet to take on a concrete set of parameters, but Washed Out and Toro Y Moi have been loosely correlated with the ambiguous genre, and Lay Bac shares more than a few stylistic similarities, the most obvious being the semi-lucid state of his music.
‘Stay Out Tonight’ slips in and out of consciousness, as you tend to do during the hours between last call and sunrise, and every so often someone in the back seat rattles a cow bell to keep you from fully passing out. This also gives a vaguely Caribbean feel to the percussion, coupled with sporadic use of what sound like conga and batá drums. Both the distortion and fidelity of Lay Bac’s synths are in constant fluctuation, disappearing and suddenly blaring out as yet another way of preventing you from completely nodding off. There’s no build, or closing, just three identical minutes suitable for loosing track of time, as you wait to experience the satisfaction of eating your breakfast before bed.
Like a soggy suspension rolling down Wilshire, the gigantic, bouncy bass line sluggishly tries to keep up, but is inconsistent, and fades in and out of earshot, in a parabolic pattern. As you think hard to try and figure out what could possibly be open at this point, a choir of moaning voices fight their way through to slowly echo out the song’s title, in a haunting attempt to lure you further from home.
‘Stay Out Tonight’ ensures you remain fixated on the bleeding neon around you by using a prominent, lulling vibration as an insulator against any disruptive city sounds. Drones are a constant, and not surprising considering the advancements made by Lay Bac’s peers in turning perpetual background hums and mummers into something soothingly beautiful.
Lay Bac is more than generous with his music, so it’s not difficult to locate free downloads of his older material, because the native Texan gives a ton of it away. On Trembleface/Sanddagger Records, the ‘Stay Out Tonight’ single also features the darker, and more experimental B-side single ‘Shibuya.’ Lay Bac’s work seems to be receiving universally positive feed back, so there’s reason to have high expectations for future EP or LP releases.