Today Belaver is sharing two new singles from his upcoming LP; listen to “The Storm” & “Gutted.” Belaver’s sophomore LP, Lain Prone, is due October 22nd via Robert Ellis’ brand new label, Niles City Records. Both singles are fairly up-tempo tracks that are paired together on the forthcoming record. “The Storm” is a drama unfolding in front of you that recalls an almost coming of age atmosphere led by acoustic guitar strums & gliding synthesizers. “Gutted” is more of an electric guitar rocker in the fashion of Pavement with Stephen Malkmus-esque lead lines to boot.
Lain Prone is Belaver’s second solo LP, the follow up to his 2019 album True Love Of Crime. The record is produced by country musician Robert Ellis and spiritually influenced by Neil Young, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Modest Mouse, Daniel Johnston & Bill Callahan. Lain Prone is sequenced like a novel: the opening track “Here It Comes“ serves as the thesis, and ends with the lyric, “I know it’s hard out here with all these assholes, with their laws and with their loopholes; but the worst thing that you can do is to think you’re not one too.”
Returning to live instrumentation and careful arrangement with an energetic live band presentation, this album laments detachment in the digital age. In the track “The Bilow”, the narrator acknowledges an implicit trust in the universal winds that lead and bind us. The record concludes with a dissonant experimental song in the vein of Tom Waits that is a conversation with the narrator’s former self.
Lain Prone is not just a societal critique, but an ode to self healing. Told through a tapestry of tracks about life’s everyday struggles and self reflection, Lain Prone shows us a way to address the dimming “American Dream”.
RIYL: Neil Young, Modest Mouse, Pavement, Bill Callahan, & Bonnie “Prince” Billy