NMM SoundBytes: 1st Base Runner Does More than “Break Even”

With his latest single, Austin singer/songwriter/electronic genius Tim Husmann presents a dark and ominous landscape that is as cinematic as the Texan Hollywood that he calls home. With his first album as 1st Base Runner, Husmann releases a powerful blend of instrumentation, synthesized landscapes, and brooding vocals that have already earned him comparisons as widely varying and impressive as Air, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and even Thom Yorke/Radiohead. This first single, “Break Even” does far more than its name suggests, it breaks free and transcends beyond the monotonous milieu of modern pop drudgery.

With a sound that harkens equally to a horror film score and a dark new wave ballad, “Break Even” is the first track on 1st Base Runner’s 8 song LP entitled Seven Years of Silence, which dropped just this month on Spotify and Bandcamp. Accompanying it is a music video from renowned music video artist, documentarian, and cinematographer Matt Mahurin.

The vision of Mahurin and Husmann here feels every bit as cinematic as a music video from someone hailing from Austin should be expected to be. When you live in a film Mecca, there’s no chance that it doesn’t affect your art. As a huge film fan, I appreciate when music has a cinematic quality and I appreciate 1st Base Runner. This may be the first time you’ll see one of his tracks here on The Farsighted, but it sure won’t be the last.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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