There has always been something magical about music. It allows for artists to express themselves in ways that they may otherwise be unable to. Music speaks to all and for all; for it is the world’s universal language. Contributing to the tuneful clairvoyance is the fascinating Alternative quartet, Pillowhead. Hailing from Glenn Falls, NY, Paul Hake (Vocals/Guitar), Jared Piper (Guitar), Adam Brown (Bass), and Mateo Vosganian (Drums/Percussion), use a mixture of disguised and vivid imagery to express their inner most thoughts. Their latest EP, “Convictions”, is filled with fluid illustrations of the triumphs and tragedies that life bestows upon us.
Pillowhead’s debut presentation commands respect from the very start. The EP’s first song, “The Reasons” is a mid-tempo, melancholy tune that depicts an emotionally jaded relationship between a mother and son. Hake’s unassailable vocal presence conveys the pain and sorrow of a child who is forced to fend off the ardent scars acquired from dysfunction. The opening guitar riffs, combined with flowing percussion set the stage for a variety of great musical sequences. Hake empties his soul as he and the instrumentation becomes one; each note oscillates glibly as a cohesive unit. Passionate, intense lyrics allow both motherless children and childless mothers to relate.
The quartet continues to mesmerize as they bring forth another strong single, the socially charged “Diseased, Misused, and Wasted Youth”. This impeccable sonic oeuvre maintains the sound musical exhibition as its predecessor. The song’s title bluntly explains its ideology; the youth’s talent is misused and wasted and their creativity has been diseased by those who are in control of educational and communications outlets. The driving force behind this immaculate ensemble is the dominant drumming provided courtesy of Mateo Vosganian. Vosganian epitomizes percussion as he preserves the tracks heartbeat by providing magnetizing kick and snare hits along with a variety of pulsating cymbal crashes. Staccato drum patterns liquefy the instrumentation and permit the guitar, synth and vocal elements to flow fluidly within its currents.
The string section consistently brings the electricity to every song on the EP. Jared Piper and Adam Brown’s unsurpassed contributions create a fertile environment for this diverse ensemble to plant its compelling seeds. Their meticulously sculpted string riffs and transitions give standout track “The Revelation” a splash of melodic brilliance. The opening guitar sequence sets the precedence for the enjoyable tunes that will be emitted from a variety of audio conveyances. The guitars show their dominance towards the track’s end and furnish the listener with a flawless outro.
Pillowhead’s musical wizardry and undeniable songwriting talent will make them a staple in not only the Alternative scene, but in music as a whole. Their alluring harmonious abilities will fascinate both domestic and foreign audiences. The future success of this magical band can be summed up in the paraphrasing of one of Hip-Hop’s most powerful lyricists, the Almighty Mos Def: The kids better buy their (Pillowhead’s) rookie card now, cause after this year, the price ain’t coming down. Labels should also take heed and buy stock in down feathers.