photo by Calvin Deal
Lindsay Reamer is a singer songwriter from Massachusetts, currently living in Philadelphia. Although Lindsay was raised by two musicians, she didn’t start writing her own music regularly until this past year. Equipped with the skills she taught herself on guitar at age 13 and childhood voice lessons from her grandmother, she steadily began recording the songs that would make up her first EP.
“Recording this began as an exercise in overcoming self doubt. While living in Boston during college I was surrounded by incredibly talented and technically trained musicians. I was intimidated by them and convinced myself that because I couldn’t play like them I could never create anything of value. To satiate this longing, I did whatever I could to put myself in close proximity to music. I booked shows, dated musicians, and even performed as a backup dancer for a regionally touring band. It’s funny to think about how I did everything I could to be around music without actually playing it myself. After moving to Philadelphia and away from these identities, the illusion faded away. I became inspired by songwriters like Arthur Russell and Daniel Johnston, who’s songs felt so free of any self imposed restrictions. My desire to write music finally surpassed my fear.”
During April 2020 Lindsay began recording the EP. Recording was as new to her as songwriting, but she studied the production of her favorite records and learned as much as she could from Youtube and other musician friends. When the songs started taking shape, she enlisted the help of members of one her favorite bands, STIG. Artie Sadtler (bass), Ryan Stigmon (pedal steel), and Thomson Knoles (keys) helped complete the songs with their intuitive contributions.
“Lucky” is the result of starting to win inner battles against self doubt and fear. As we quiet the inner voices that tell us we are not good enough, what blooms in the empty space may surprise us.
"Touch Tank" is about feeling lonely. It’s about feeling unseen in love but unhappy with unwanted attention from others. These were things that came up during a trip to the aquarium with an ex boyfriend. I soon found that the collaborative production of the song became an antidote to those lonely feelings. I set a simple goal: have fun making something with friends. Together, Alex and I constructed the music video set in my apartment and papier-mached creepy hands on the floor one night. My friend Julia made me an outfit from a sheet we found at the thrift store we work in. Sonically, it’s the first time my bandmate Lucas Knapp and I collaborated on a recording. It marks a shift in the way I make music and I feel excited to continue leaning on the people I love.
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