Portland’s Ages and Ages, a 6-piece known for their infectious melodies and meticulous songcraft, are back with new song “How It Feels.” The track coincides with an October run of dates supporting Ron Pope.
Recorded with producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers), bandleader Tim Perry attributes the discovery of an obscure instrument in Massy’s house as inspiration for “How It Feels.”
Says Tim, “We found an organ from the 70’s that only plays cheesy sounds and uses large, floppy optical disks. I accidentally loaded a disk in upside-down and the machine went nuts and resulted in some of the ‘tortured’ background noises that pop up throughout the final track. It got me interested in the tension between the sweet vocal delivery and melody with the organ’s jagged sonic elements.”
Lyrically, Ages and Ages often incorporate their reflections and opinions about current global events into their music. “How It Feels” is no different and it speaks to everyone’s need to connect with another human in the midst of a seemingly never-ending list of tragic current events (Charlottesville, Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, Vegas).
Perry adds, “And amidst what seems like an imploding world, we still have our needs. We still need love. We still need affection. We still need to feel heard. This is a song about what it’s like to have these needs in what feels like end times. Our problems may be irrelevant in the scheme of things, but this doesn’t make them feel any less real. If you’re reading this, I hope you have someone to talk to and I hope you’re able to tell them how it feels.”