Released last month Rotating banks by Graffiti Welfare mixes alternative electronic sounds with relaxing meditative sensations that bring that abstract feel that is sure to draw listeners in and make us want to hear more. This album release follows the third single from this album, titled “DejaBlue”.
Graffiti Welfare is an Austin-born, Denver-based artist who got his start with the release of his EP, In the soul of space, in August 2016. He moved to Colorado for graduate school, at which time he also dropped out of debut. Working from his home studio, this first volume of tracks is a five-year-in-progress project, and the traction he gained from his EP not only built his own artistic inspiration into the bedroom, but also built his followers and listeners. Having had an impact with In the soul of spaceGraffiti Welfare was noticed by the independent Italian label MilleVille Music, which currently promotes and distributes its music across Europe.
Self-produced and recorded in his home studio, Rotating banks is a 10 track LP which was later mastered by Wheelhouse Studios. The album cover features an image of Graffiti Welfare’s late grandmother and her older brother in a cute interaction that sees the young child holding a shell to her grandmother’s ear. Connection is clearly key for Graffiti Welfare with the album cover tied to the LP title, and the title reflecting the quiet expressiveness found in the tracks. Trippy textures hover over a glitchy electronic beat and vocal snippets that bring a humanistic warmth to dynamic tracks.
The opening track “To Be It” features vocals from Alan Watts who adds a spoken word spirit to the soothing beat that features band-infused chords, including a guitar riff and drum beats. It opens the album well, leading the listener on this anxious coming-of-age journey. Debut single “Just Follow” is the second track, bringing a commodity of spatial ingenuity and shimmering dissociation with the beat – as a small track, it really packs an impact. Various other imaginative tracks follow with the likes of “DejaBlue” and “Synesthesia” which have wonderful melodies filled with ready-made electronic beats. This contrasts with tracks like “Volume” and “Missing the War” which bring smooth sensations mixed with an unmistakable grit. “Good News” and “Nothing Ever Changes” relax the mind and totally stand out on the album. All styles of music are referenced throughout – as is how different shores have different sounds and feels – piano chords are heard in ‘Echoes of Our Sound’ while techno is clearly the inspiration behind the latest “Seashell” track. It’s a mix of tracks that shouldn’t work together and yet they all tie together and bring something new to the table.
Speaking about the album, Graffiti Welfare said: “’Revolving Shores’ was born out of the feeling of helplessness as my childhood faded and my grandparents passed away as I dealt with the anxiety of life. majority. By day, I was trying to finish my thesis and escape the clutches of college with my sanity intact. At night, I tried to make sense of it all by recording something sincere, unique and tangible. Each track overlays a lucid perspective on the last, guiding a silent meditation into the unknown, before returning to waking life. Rinse, float, repeat – because who knows where you’ll wake up next? »
Stream Graffiti Welfare’s “Revolving Shores” on Spotify here:
Graffiti Welfare’s debut album titled Rotating banks is available to download and stream now.