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Everpresent

by Everpresent

Dark electronica, slow and hypnotizing dance rock.
Genre: Electronic: Techno
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1. You Need This
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2. Embrace Me
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3. You Save Me
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4. Why Do You Do This to Me
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5. Don't Stop
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6. Drowning
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Everpresent is an electronica-rock project that will leave you thirsty for more sensual, sonic darkness. EP brings forth a hybrid of atmospheres and moods to create this hypnosis.

This debut EP was produced/recorded April-October 2002, and was released on November 1st, 2002. It is an interesting mix of electronica, rock, ambient, techno, and goth.

Matthew Cahoon provides lead and background vocals, keyboards, sequencing, and drums on this EP.

This first EP also features several session players, including the exceptional rock/blues guitarist, Matt O'Gwin, and soul/rock vocalist, Nancy Lawrence.

The vibe is one of underground accessability, a shadowy, brooding EP that produced the highly requested "Don't Stop" at live shows in months following its release.


"Everpresent is a tantalizing fusion of electronica and rock that merges exciting lyrics and strong instrumentals."
-Adrian Ross, former promoter for Def Jam Records

"Like a work by Salvador Dali, you'll discover something new each time."
-Darcie Wicknick, Music Business Consultant


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Jason Baker of Synthpop.net

very impressive debut here
.....Matthew handles the lead vocals, keyboards and drums on this EP, and the drums aren't simply sequenced or programmed: the drums are primarily acoustic! The acoustic drums lend a very neat edge to the songs here, a spontaneity that is very refreshing. The style of music is primarily Electronic Rock, with gothic, darkwave and synthpop elements blended in.

With each song on the EP clocking in at over 5 minutes, each track is given plenty of time to fully develop a well textured melody, and in each case the opportunity is not wasted. "You Need This", with it's insistent pleading, immediately brought to mind Depeche Mode's "Walking In My Shoes", but this song is more punchy, with a staccato rhythm that is hypnotic. Just a excellent song. "Embrace Me" brings in a ambient influence for the very atmospheric 1:30 long intro, and that element is the bed over which the rest of the track is built on for the remaining 6 minutes. From the intro, the song goes into a Trip-hop feeling, with the emotional male lead vocals and breathy female backing vocals.

"You Save Me" was a song that I was initially not that impressed with. But the very catchy chorus won me over quickly. The song is a bit expansive at 6 minutes, and could stand a radio edit version of 3-4 minutes in length, but otherwise was quite good. "Why Do You Do This To Me" is a slower, groove-laden track that, while not being one of the outstanding tracks on the EP, was still quite enjoyable. "Don't Stop" was one of those outstanding songs, though, with just about every element coming together just right to create a extremely impressive song. Sometimes the lyrics on this song don't flow completely smoothly, but overall the song is excellent. "Drowning" is another song that could benefit from a radio edit, as the 7+ minute version here really feels like it goes on too long.

Overall, Everpresent present a very impressive debut here. The guitar-adverse out there might not care for some elements of the band's sound, but for those with open ears and minds, you will hear a band here that is extremely talented and has a lot of promise to become a truly special band!

Chad Belton, Clinical Researcher

I'm biased, but it's still an amazing CD!
Matthew for years and years... well, ok 26 years and 9 months, at this point, has been obsessed with music. Get my meaning? It's beyond eating, sleeping, and drinking music, he IS music. In the quality of his character I see his music and the quality of his music I see his character. Now with Victoria and Verno, in Everpresent, I see the quality of his cohorts in making music. Knowing his music individually, and now knowing Everpresent, I can say that Victoria and Verno and Matt are forming a perfect complement here.
Their work so far, now in 2 album releases, began with this release, but I would say you'd have a hard time telling which is which. This group is just good, period. There is no sense of "well, they matured a lot in their 2nd release", or "man their first was great, but that 2nd sucked" ...like so many other bands here today and gone tomorrow. Everpresent chose their name well, these guys & gal are sticking around. This is the first, the foundation, the start, the beginning, and it demands to be heard. Your brain and your heart are thirsting for this.
Ever since Matt and "Amy" sang together back in high school, I've been waiting for him join forces again with a skilled female vocalist and musician. Victoria is perfect, with her lofty, inspiring, elevating vocals, haunting the backgrounds of the music in the foreground of your mind. Not to leave out Verno!, this guy does amazing rhythmic work. I know in part because of what I hear, and in part because it would take a genius for Matt to hand the percussing to him. Verno is that genius. I've never met Victoria and Verno, I have no clue who they are in person... but it's almost like you KNOW them after listening to Everpresent.
There is a rare unity and expression here in this trinity. If you've found them, and still have any doubts... just buy it. You couldn't find a better CD to spend twice the money on in your local chain store even if you spent 3 days looking. The Biochemist says... Get it!

Bruce

precise and intense!
This cd has bite! From the first breath and scorching beats of "You Need This" to the ambient love cries of "Embrace Me", this cd definitely took me on a journey. Interestingly, "You Save Me" stands out in its optimism, compared to the relative darkness of the other 5 tracks, and while this is a bit out-of place, it can be refreshing, giving you a break before launching into the cynical Nine-Inch-Nail-type groove of "Why Do You Do This to Me?" A solid record with a shadowy, yet energetic vibe. Check it out.

John

Stratospheric Art!
Everpresent is just what the music world is in need of. A combination of things that have not yet been merged. They are masters of combining the synths with the grit of guitars. They master melodies that stick. Quite simply, Everpresent is one of music's newly discovered gems. I have heard their newest material on a local college network out here in Arizona, and I can tell where they are going....I can tell that they will be able to reach many people with their combination of intensity and sensuality. WATCH OUT.

Tony

Dark and intense!
This group is perfect for staring at a brick wall and watching your own shadow. "You Need This" is bitter, sexual, and hardcore. Great angst, great groove. By contrast, "Embrace Me" embodies the hopes of not feeling the mood of the previous song.

My personal favorite, "Don't Stop" captures a familiar feeling that most people have. Matt' O Gwin's guitar playing is exceptional, and brings the urgency and pain to life on this song.

I recommend this for dark evenings and dark clubs as well.

Marcus

Fantastic!
This group has superb grasp of melody in the context of their cyberfleshy gritty smooth grooves.

Keep your ears and eyes open for this bunch.....you'll be Drowning in their music soon enough....

Beautevil of Gothtronic Magazine

Gothic rock with electro/ synth pop influences
.......The band from Boston USA has enough to offer to sound interesting though. The voice of Matthew Cahoon is relaxing and fits perfectly in the mix of Gothic rock with electro/ synth pop influences. Everpresent isn’t a rough band, but creates well written songs to listen to.......... Nice pop songs as ‘Embrace Me’ and ‘You Save Me’ would have sounded probably better when the record had a rougher production. ‘Why Do You This To Me’ is one of the better songs that with the use of drums sound more modern than most of the other songs. ‘Don’t Stop’ sounds remarkable good (even the production is good) and it justifies more the abilities of this band. The voice of Matthew sounds powerful, but also the music sound more mature (listen especially to the guitar work).

DME

Velvet electronica with a luring turn, quirky but touching.
To many music lovers, Boston has a good rockin' blues association. This band, though, hails from a very different sonic place but know so well how to cause the blues. Emotionally, that is.

"You Need This", the opening cut of their debut EP, "E. P.", can hardly mean what it says, yet it's hard not to get hypnotized by the aural canvas' expanding ornament of nail-like riffs and keyboards' strokes. The secret of this lies not only in the sounds: it's spaces between that send a listener's head in a limbo. If you're sad, then, cling to DEPECHE MODE; if you feel adventurous enough, stick to EVERPRESENT. Matthew Cahoon, the band's mastermind, has created an interesting blend of electronica and heavy rock, with a resulting psychedelia which leaks also in the lyrics. And when a dance groove shoots in, like in "You Save Me", the drift feels close to delicious - untill the questions aimed at the singer's addressee become too demanding, especially in "Don't Stop" that rocks the soulboat hard.

Ilker of ReGen Magazine

Showcases six songs of stretched-out dirge rhythms....
There is a multitude of bands and artists who have made a practice of minimalism and monotony. Elevated to something of a style and art form unto itself, repetition has become something of a backbone to much of today’s goth and electro music, proving that sometimes formula does flourish over innovation. Such a case can be made for Everpresent, whose self-titled EP (Get it? Ever + Present = EP) showcases six songs of stretched-out dirge rhythms, sparse single-chord progressions, and familiar atmospheres.

..... “You Need This,” lulls the listener into a state of catatonia with little more than a catchy Middle-Eastern flavored guitar solo and some effective vocal harmonies to break the drone. Credit must be given to Matthew Cahoon, who serves as the vocalist, keyboardist, and drummer; his voice does well to present melody overtop the otherwise uninteresting instrumentation.

“Embrace Me” is more redeeming, for while it begins as tediously as the first song, it breaks into an almost jazzy freeform at the tail end....allowing Cahoon to get just a little crazy on the drums.

“You Save Me” is reminiscent of Iris, with a poppy progression and some beautiful washes of synthesizers and minimalist beats. If nothing else, it is a great synthpop song.

......"Don’t Stop” and “Drowning” pick up again with actual chord-progressions coupled with strong melodies and vocals, faster tempos, and good instrumentation that provides the listener with some clever nuances.

The vocals are the real strength here, showing that Cahoon has a good range and can find melody even amid the plainest of music. Since this EP, the line-up has changed, but if Cahoon can keep from falling into musical ennui, future Everpresent release might be distinctly more enjoyable.

Victor

Everpresent promises limitless potential
Everpresent's debut EP as it is cleverly named, arouses many emotions in the senual, dark, yet emotional realm. It is quite clear that this group has much to offer in the way of intense imagery. Experience the power and longing of "Don't Stop," or the subdued techno-goth-funk of "You Need This" and it will become clear that Everpresent is focused on precision of thought and the intensity of emotion. I am quite please with this first disc and am excited to see what this group does next......
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