'Role Reversal' is out on 5/20 via Jaunt. http://jauntrecs.com/
Big Search is the alter ego of Los Angeles harmony slinger Matt Popieluch. To date, Big Search has released a limited edition pressing of the home recorded Lay of the Land as well as singles for "Middle Man" and "Distant Shore". Due to his short attention span, his latest, Role Reversal, was on its way to "lost album" status when Popieluch was encouraged by a few friends and Jaunt Records to bring it to light.
The album was recorded by Matt and Michael Harris after their working hours at White Iris studios in 2009-2011, a time of personal upheaval and uncertainty. This period simultaneously saw the dissolution of his former band, Foreign Born, as well as a longterm relationship, but also included the meeting of his soon-to-be wife. As a result the album surges with emotional cross currents, working in tandem and, at times, against each other. It is reflective of Big Search's large-scale embrace of all incoming forces, and their interconnectedness. Blending points of view, time, memories, dreams and direct autobiography often within the same song, he says he was pushing for "new levels of both self examination and natural channeling".
Role Reversal has a deliberate, bare sound, with sparse, unembellished rhythms lending to the power of the intense and straightforward subject matter, exposing sensitive truths to the elements. That being said, the album is lousy with harmonies, horns, woodwinds, and synthesizers, including contributions from Garrett Ray, Luke Top and Brad Caulkins (Fool's Gold), Jason Quever (Papercuts), Sandra Vu (SISU, Dum Dum Girls) Andy Creighton (The World Record) and guest vocals by Cass McCombs and Jack Name.