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I Finally Know What's Good for Me

by The Singular

Semi avant-guard lyric based indie rock focused on an all encompassing musical experience
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. Metal for Breakfast
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2. Treading Water
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3. Nobody
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4. An End to Words
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5. Spiders
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6. Cheer Up
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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When singer/songwriter James Pequignot’s last band stopped going the way he wanted he did what most front men would do: he broke up the band. What happened next would quickly vindicate that decision. Right away he began forming a new group. With long time collaborator Evan Tachovsky making the transition from guitars to keyboards they immediately hooked up with drummer Jordan and began to work on brand new material. The new songs had a vibrancy to them that Pequignot had never achieved before. To fill in the low end they hooked up with bass player/backup singer Tim Gauntner. While trying to decide on a name Jordan asked, “What exactly are you looking for in a name?” James replied simply, “Nothing ‘The Plural.’” Shortly thereafter the band decided that the only name that encapsulated their difference from any other band was a name that rebelled against the formulaic band names that persist so heavily in modern music. They called themselves “The Singular.” The sound was great, but Tachovsky didn’t have the time to dedicate to the group. He left and the band continued as a three piece with Pequignot doubling on guitar and keys. Tachovsky’s absence drove him to fill the gap and forced him to finally play up to his potential. Pequignot has always been a strong leader, but The Singular was more open to ideas than any other group he had worked with. The sound became more ambitious, and his artistic vision met with no resistance for the first time.
Acting on the advice of a friend The Singular has decided to release their music in a series of EP's instead of an album, this will allow them to release more material more often. Tracks 2 through 5 were recorded at the late Strangelove Recording where Pequignot worked for a short time. Tracks 1 and 6 were recorded in Pequignot's basement studio, Broken Neck Flamingo, where all six tracks were mixed and mastered. Tachovsky's presence can be felt all over these recordings. He was Pequignot's biggets collaborator for a long time, and left the band after all six tracks had been recorded. This is the first time Pequignot has looked to outside sources for artwork. The artwork was done by artist Gretchen Grimm who Pequignot met at her art opening. The art design is almost an exact duplication of one of her pieces from that opening. This is the first chapter for the Singular. Alot of work has gone into these recordings, and we hope that you enjoy them. Be assured, more is on the way.


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Exclaim Magazine

Incredible
The Singular are a band that refuse to let music simply be a background to our superficial lives. Their debut EP can’t simply play in your car, it can’t simply be on a TV show, nor can it let any listener in its vicinity simply be. The Singular are not simple, they are deep, require an attention to detail, focus and encourage the listener to “pause” their surroundings, reach inside their cold chests and toy with that bloody red organ. It’s scary, yes, and music with such intensity is often avoided by those not ready to stare themselves straight in the eye. Largely influenced by post-rock visionaries Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai, this Cleveland, OH three-piece are a true example of a genre done right. The opening cut, “Metal for Breakfast,” starts the diverse album off in a dance-y techno fashion before giving way to a catchy, poppy chorus. The lyrics don’t just float on the surface, they are as carefully chosen as the music is written. Lead singer James Pequignot passionately guides us through the ambient catharsis and when you arrive at the other end, after the depressingly beautiful piano ballad “Cheer Up,” you most likely will be a whole new person, one who understands themselves and the world around them a bit more. Accomplishing this feat with music is groundbreaking and the pleasant consequence of writing this incredible EP.

Scene Magazine

what acts like the Fray and Coldplay could do if they possessed some talent.
I Finally Know What's Good for Me has its share of pleasantly coherent moments. The Singular doesn't have a guitarist, so it relies heavily on singer-keyboardist James Pequignot's synthesizer atmospherics. "Nobody" is a sublime slice of Fender Rhodes-driven pop-rock, showcasing Pequignot's exceptional voice while demonstrating what acts like the Fray and Coldplay could do if they possessed some talent. "Metal for Breakfast," meanwhile, is catchy techno pop.

But the disc also exudes a moody incoherence. Tracks like "Cheer Up" and "Spiders" are hazy ruminations where a lot of time elapses between vocals -- which only reinforces the disc's spaced-out vibe. The segues between songs are perfect, however, making the EP one complete experience. The Singular's knack for melodies and highfalutin concepts definitely makes it a Northeast Ohio band worth keeping an eye on.

Zapruder Point

packs more textures into its 22 minutes than most double-disc sets
After the first two songs--one robotic, the other slow 'n' echoey--I harbored real concerns that The Singular's debut would be a glum trip indeed. But with the arrival of the third song, all was set to rights. "Nobody" is a real pop barn-burner--more in a Ben Folds way than Led Zeppelin--and an early entry into my Best Songs of 2007. But after a few spins of the whole EP, it emerges that alongside the more overt pleasures of "Nobody," other songs transmit an equal if subtler heft--the desolation of "An End to Words," the crunch of "Spiders." Even the formerly disregarded second song ("Treading Water") has a tension I didn't notice the first time around. I Finally Know What's Good For Me isn't the feel-good jam of the summer, but it packs more textures into its 22 minutes than most double-disc sets, and it's ultimately very rewardingly sequenced. We need our winter records, too, and if you're willing to immerse yourself in its icy depths, this is a good one.

Akron Beacon Journal

...establishes the Singular as a band worthy of attention...
This band is the new vehicle for area singer/songwriter James Pequignot, who has a couple of releases filled with his guitar-based compositions.

Pequignot's never been afraid of using mechanized drums, but his new trio incorporates the electronics and atmospheric effects to Pequignot's otherwise standard songs to better effect.

Metal for Breakfast, the opening track on I Finally Know What's Good for Me, rides an ersatz Giorgio Moroder-like synth pulse with Pequignot blithely intoning ``All hail the end of the universe, don't know why anyone would want to stay another day.''

Treading Water also plays up the ominous atmosphere and Pequignot's ghostly wailing over rolling arpeggiated guitar and electric piano.

The six-song EP also contains the groovy electric piano sound that emanates from the Coldplay/Keane piano rock axis, particularly on the Coldplay flavored/potential radio single Nobody.

Pequignot's got a way with a melody and the disc is sequenced so that each song melts away into the next, giving the EP the overall effect of a six-song suite.

I Finally Know What's Good for Me won't be available until mid-February, but it establishes the Singular as a band worthy of attention for alt-rock fans who like the billowy sounds of Travis and Snow Patrol. --Malcolm Abram