About Caleb Pogyor
December 22, 2012
To whom it may concern:
I was under the impression that the world would have ceased to exist by this date. Gosh! Now that I can see it is still here, it is incumbent on me to write you concerning my interest in having you listen to Caleb Pogyor—particularly his forthcoming release, Terra.
I first learned about the opening in your music collection from a friend who is well acquainted with your iTunes library. Let’s not name names, here. What is more important is that I have 25 years’ experience in suggesting music to people with aural capacities.
Terra, is a seven-track LP that is characterized by a quiet longing for the ground under our feet. What comes out of that longing is a different story. The album is a layered cake of sound—lush, ethereal vocals spread over songs that oscillate between a jazzy pensiveness and a grungy, reckless abandon.
Terra follows Pogyor’s 2010 debut I’m Talking to You. While the latter was rife with tunes that grew out of a singer-songwriter, man-and-his-guitar kind of aesthetic, Terra moves away from that mode of composition and toward a more decentered experience. Airy, schizoid vocals push and pull against the dynamism of a rhythm section that drives the songs through a broad spectrum of emotions, never taking its eye off the pendulum Pogyor so wants to forget.
Give it a listen. You’ll get the last allusion. Anyhow, allow me to limn a broad arc of Pogyor’s career:
• released debut album I’m Talking to You in October 2010
• performed at various hip venues throughout his native Pittsburgh, Pa.
• played the main stage of the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2012
• moved to Denver, CO in November 2012
• released Terra January 25th, 2013, featuring the comic art of Nate McDonough
It should be mentioned that Pogyor’s albums are independently recorded at Pink Flamingo Studios, in Monongahela, Pa.
Aside from percussion and guest instrumental appearances, Pogyor is responsible for all of the sounds you hear.
Let me know if you have a job for him—at your earliest convenience, of course.
released 25 January 2013
Self recorded at Pink Flamingo Studios in Monongahela, PA.
Brandon Zebrowski mixed all seven songs and helped with additional engineering at Pink Flamingo Studios.
Josh Gerba also helped out with a little additional engineering.
Eric Pulgino mastered the album at The Rabbit Hole Studios in Denver, CO.
All songs and lyrics written by Caleb Pogyor.
This download includes a pdf file of Terra, the comic book. All artwork and layout for comic book is credited to Nate McDonough-Grixly. Check out more of his work at grixly.tumblr.com
Banner and promo picture was photographed by Dave Hall.