“Life Dollars are accrued by attending matinees and barbecues, taking stoned naps, water sports, romantic escape and all the other things you think you haven’t earned. Big Search rejects the monetizing of self worth, thus Life Dollars can not be measured by numbers, only vague piles,” says Matt Popieluch of the reasoning behind the title of Big Search’s upcoming LP, out in August on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records.
Popieluch — previously known as a member of Foreign Born and the Cave-Ins as well as a sideman for acts including Sky Ferreira, Papercuts, Fools Gold, Glasser, Cass McCombs, and Taken By Trees — recorded Life Dollars live during two short periods squeezed between Ferreira tour dates with producer Rob Barbato (Kevin Morby, Bleached). The music embodies longing, idealism, uncertainty, and isolation, with many of the songs having been written at the start of an international romance that turned into a marriage that eventually collapsed. Needless to say, “Can’t Understand The News” has an overwhelming sense of atmospheric melancholia laced with beautiful vocal harmonies and dreamy guitars. Check it out below.