LETTERS FROM THE EARTH announce their formation with the debut of two singles: Fences and Frank Ghilardi Sends Off a Long-Tenured Employee.
Primary songwriters Matt Foster (vocals, guitar) and Ben Hirschfield (guitar, keys, synth) have been collaborating together for ten years, including their former act First to Leave. Cameron MacBain (drums) of Stickup Kid, and Morgan Foster (bass), who fulfills bass duties in Elder Brother and is the mastermind behind mysterious cult favorite Mobin’s Child, complete the rhythm section.
Foster’s thoughtful lyrics often study personal stories that begin at a micro level, but evoke broader social and political themes.
Fences explores the human tendency to isolate and fortify oneself, and the cost with which it comes. Although its lyrics were completed before the present proposal for an American border wall, its themes inspired a video which features images of past and present border walls in Berlin and Gaza juxtaposed with a series of archival war and nature footage.
In the form of a farewell speech delivered from a fictional company head to an unnamed subordinate, Frank Ghilardi Sends Off a Long-Tenured Employee illuminates the life of a typical employee, and examines the true value of work in the west. The song’s surrealist music video finds a somber employee attending her own absurd retirement party, where Foster, portraying the titular Frank Ghilardi, presents his melancholic address.
Fences and Frank Ghilardi Sends Off a Long-Tenured Employee were produced and mixed by Hirschfield, whose production resume also includes Against Me!, The Story So Far, and Elder Brother. Letters from the Earth are already in production on a full length album, with more details forthcoming.