Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
Written at a low point in Historian’s life in an emotional perception, ‘Broken Cup’ offers an insight to the frailties that come with being human. The song ended up being the ultimate catharsis to the songwriter’s misery: it allowed them to exorcise their brokenness. Entwining a deep ethos with electronic beats and live drums, before featuring a haunting cello section, Historian’s new single is a thought-provoker.
Historian is the ethereal brainchild of LA-native Chris Karman, who describes his music simply as ‘headphone music’, and that is precisely what it entails. The creator produces music for anyone who likes to get lost when they put a record on, those who desire immersion.
By aiming for emotional reaction with little regard to commercial viability, the LA-based musician has matured to embody an explorative, singular band, drawing comparisons to Radiohead and Amen Dunes, with the chant-like vocal inflection guiding the music into uncharted shamanistic territory.
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‘Broken Cup’ follows the same rocky road as previous releases, diving into the depths of Karman’s intensely psychological thought process which, in turn, paves the way for a hypnotic listening experience. The ever-changing sounds that ebb and flow in this newest release graces us with an abundance of emotions, adding to the ambient aura that encapsulates us.
'Broken Cup' is out now on all major streaming platforms.