Nic Sanderson is full of the hardworking DIY spirit that makes the Philly music scene such a bustling, brimming-with-talent thing to explore. Like many who exist within the DIY community, Sanderson has taken on ever-changing roles over the years: in addition to appearing in several different bands and running The Waiting Room, they recently recorded and self-released a debut solo album, Blurry Being.
The 10-track album is an ambitious undertaking for one person — Sanderson wrote, recorded and performed all parts themself — and while it takes on the familiar scrappy indie punk sound we know and love, it’s skillfully polished in a way that makes it stand out among even the most frenetic of basement bands. Despite its small origins, Blurry Being draws on inspiration from some pretty renowned musical figures: “The album has an indie, garage rock sound, which is primarily influenced by Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Courtney Barnett, and Parquet Courts,” Sanderson said in an email. From catchy lead single “See Less Often” to the fast-paced three-part “Scarecrow” series, Blurry Being is filled with the kind of songs that capture the heartbeat of Philly music at its best — it’s a welcome addition to an already-thriving scene.
Blurry Being is out now; listen below via Bandcamp. In a live setting, Sanderson brings a full band together to play under the name Nic Sanderson and their Friends — they just celebrated their album release this past Sunday at Lava Space, but you can keep tabs on them via Facebook here for info on upcoming shows.
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