gobbinjr’s vom night EP is filled with lots of wildly inventive and hauntingly depressing imagery, and one of my favorites comes at the end of the title track: “I’m a vacuum-sealed freezer dinner rotting in the box before it had a chance to get hot.” It’s a pitiful punctuation mark on a song that’s about feeling like there’s no way anyone could ever possibly love you, and Emma Witmer treats that devastating and all-encompassing mindset with the amount of weight and levity it deserves.
The Artist To Watch’s new EP relishes in this sort of darkly ironic humor in an effort to combat the crushing weight of loneliness that’s threaded throughout these songs, and she mines her anxiety and alienation to dazzling effect. Her music is offset by a playfulness that makes the too-real emotions she’s confronting sound almost approachable, and vom night is full of fantasies that make grim reality feel almost OK. “I’ll take you by surprise,” she sings on “may we all have space,” and a promise has never felt more true.
“A lot of the lyrics are things that I would feel far too vulnerable saying in conversation, especially those dealing with my self-esteem,” Witmner explained to The Fader. “I chose these songs to be on the EP because they all felt somewhat otherworldly to me, whether they were set in the ocean or outer space or in my own mind. Like those settings, these songs seem fantastical in theory but [are] much more sinister upon further review.”
Stream the whole thing below.
Here’s a preview of the comic created by Sophia Foster-Dimino to accompany the release:
Tour Dates (w/ Thelma):
11/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (EP Release Party)
11/05 Philadelphia, PA @ JJ’s Diner
11/06 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
11/07 Harrisonburg, VA @ Lon Lon Ranch
11/08 Athens, OH @ Hardcore House Of RGB
11/09 Columbus, OH @ House With No Name
11/10 St. Louis, MO @ FOAM
11/11 Iowa City, IA @ Governors Mansion
11/13 Milwaukee, WI @ The Turkey Lounge
11/14 Chicago, IL @ 2040 Haus
11/15 Oberlin, OH @ The Coven
11/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Maxi Pad
11/18 Purchase, NY @ The Stood
11/19 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Root Cellar
The vom night EP is out 11/4 via JMC Aggregate. Pre-order it here.