Moon Tide Gallery Usher In New Era With ‘Venus Fly Trap’

New EP 'Stop Looking At Me Like That' is out in June...

Moon Tide Gallery – the collaborative project of 23-year-old Baltimore producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Mason Gainer – usher in a new era with ‘Venus Fly Trap’, the first single from a forthcoming EP titled ‘Stop Looking at Me Like That’.

Pivoting away from a solo project, Gainer teams up with Baltimore-based producer notcharles (Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring, Tiberius B) to explore more experimental and subversive sonic terrains. First single ‘Venus Fly Trap’ integrates fuzzy psych atmospherics, distorted vocals and frayed DnB percussion, with the duo documenting a period of personal neurosis.

Speaking on the song’s inspiration, Gainer says: “‘Venus Fly Trap’ was written during a time of self destruction where I began to recognize the deterioration of all my connections with people. Ultimately it’s about running away, and no matter how far you go you end up where you started. Back to the same sheets, sipping out the same glass, inside the same Venus fly trap.

Intended as a world-building immersive experience, the EP integrates the backdrop of Baltimore traffic and the crackle of street-level conversations; think hazy nights, lost loves and uncertain futures, from the perspective of a haunted protagonist who oscillates “between searching for meaning and not being certain there’s anything to even find.”

Of the creative process working with notcharles, Gainer continues: “When working on the EP, our primary focus was on crafting an immersive atmosphere. We approached each track with a folk-style foundation centered on vocals and acoustic guitar, and then built on it layer by layer. We incorporated recorded conversations, ambient audio, snippets of videos, and even environmental sounds like sirens and trains to create the overall effect.

Sonically this EP wasn’t really inspired by any specific bands or artists and more so surroundings and environment. I tried to capture things that I ignore and spit them back out in a way that feels comforting. Sampling/emulating things like sirens, bar conversations, screaming, etc. Writing this EP felt like trying to write a bunch of songs while sitting inside of a slowly burning house. Lyrically, I tried to be as raw and vulnerable as possible.”

Photo Credit: Tom Mclean

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