Don't Go Looking (Studio Sessions)

This piano version reinterprets Don’t Go Looking with the verse/chorus structure it was originally written in back in February 2017. Jake was working on a beat in 3/4 and I sat down and wrote the chords and melody in about 5 minutes. Actually finishing the song lasted the better part of a year. Part of the problem we ran into while producing it was that anytime we moved to the next “part” in the sequence, the track stalled out and lost its momentum. In the end, we distilled it down to that first verse and underpinned it with a constant, rolling arpeggiator that keeps evolving until the final crescendo. (Sigur Ros was always a reference in the studio.)

Later on, I picked up the chords again and added the last verse. We considered making it the last song on the record, as a reprise, but chose to let "Losing My Mind" be the definitive piano focus on Gravity Pairs. That and the Celeste piano notes of "The War You're After" were the perfect album send-off.

Filmed by Jacob at Virtue and Vice Studios in Brooklyn.

Marion (Studio Sessions)

From Bending Light: The Making of Gravity Pairs - The title of our record was inspired by a quote from Walter Russell, an early 20th-century philosopher-mystic that developed his own system of the universe based on light. I first discovered him years ago in an article on The Paris Review and was captivated by his drawings, which are an enigmatic hybrid of color-studies, mechanical schematics, and cosmology. Living in a studio above Carnegie Hall in the 1930s, Russell (a sculptor, architect, philosopher, and musician) devised a fringe theory of the universe that combined modern science and religion based on light.

“Marion” is the song that we’ll most strongly associate with this chapter of the band’s output, which from the outside might be confusing because it was technically released a year before the record came out. But I think it’s revealing to note that the song was written during the same sessions that “Be My Organ,” “Don’t Go Looking,” and “Fields” came out of. The song’s refrain "What you need's the light" signaled a recurring theme for this record.

Filmed by Jacob at Virtue and Vice Studios in Brooklyn.