First/Last-Caleb Pogyor

January 25, 2013

“To whom it may concern: I was under the impression that the world would have ceased to exist by this date. Gosh! Now that I can see it is still here, it is incumbent on me to write you concerning my interest in having you listen to Caleb Pogyor—particularly his forthcoming release, Terra. I first learned about the opening in your music collection from a friend who is well acquainted with your iTunes library. Let’s not name names, here. What is more important is that I have 25 years’ experience in suggesting music to people with aural capacities.

Terra, is a seven-track LP that is characterized by a quiet longing for the ground under our feet. What comes out of that longing is a different story. The album is a layered cake of sound—lush, ethereal vocals spread over songs that oscillate between a jazzy pensiveness and a grungy, reckless abandon. Terra follows Pogyor’s 2010 debut I’m Talking to You.

While the latter was rife with tunes that grew out of a singer-songwriter, man-and-his-guitar kind of aesthetic, Terra moves away from that mode of composition and toward a more decentered experience. Airy, schizoid vocals push and pull against the dynamism of a rhythm section that drives the songs through a broad spectrum of emotions, never taking its eye off the pendulum Pogyor so wants to forget. Sincerely, Ghostwriter”

You can check out Caleb on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and his latest album “Terra” is released today for a free download on BandCamp. My thanks to the Denver from Pittsburgh transplant for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • In third grade, I purchased Alice In Chains’ self titled album with some chore money.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Sufjan Stevens’ new Christmas boxset, “Silver and Gold”. Totally worth $40. Came with five CDs, stickers, tattoos, essays and even a make-it-yourself Christmas ornament.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • I never listened to Radiohead’s “Kid A” without getting an intense feeling of comfort, so I guess I’ll go with “Kid A”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Coldplay’s “X&Y”. I was the biggest fan of “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head”, but they lost my attention with “X&Y”.
  • First concert attended?
  • Machine Head/Reveille/Primer 55 at Graffiti in 2000. I was 13 years old and the show was life changing.
  • Last concert?
  • Forty Winters, some grindcore band from Florida. My buddy’s band opened for them. All the bands were pretty brutal.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • I drove to Grand Rapids, MI to see Sufjan Stevens play at Calvin’s concert auditorium in 2008. It was during the release of his “Illinoise” album, so he had a horn section and a great number of musicians backing him up. The first couple rows of seats were even saved for Sufjan’s family, so it felt like a pretty intimate show.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • The recent Sublime tour came to Pittsburgh this past summer, and the only original member of the band was the bass player. I just kept wishing that I was watching Bad Fish, the tribute band. Cypress Hill was awesome though.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Pittsburgh means family, woop woop!
  • Thanks, Caleb. I’ve been really into the new album and hope to be able to see you play it soon.