The winding, lush reverie laid out within Ritual Talk’s captivating debut single “Help, I’ve Been Dreaming” is a multi-sensory introduction to the newly formed Bushwick-based quintet. For its debut, Ritual Talk collaborated with Daniel Criblez (drummer Tom Criblez’ brother) for an accompanying visual film. Working for two years on the project, Criblez vacillated between three mediums (clay, oil on glass and digital painting), which parallel the narrative’s three dreamscape acts. One act loosely resembles a claymation interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s “Act Without Words.” (The clay act is quite a bit disturbing, due in part to Criblez’ astounding detail.) Another aesthetically hearkens to a scenario in which Tame Impala binged out on a season of Reading Rainbow episodes.
At its core, “Help, I’ve Been Dreaming” is a heartbreaking elegy to a relationship drowning in the waves of passing time. Lyrically, a former love is aloof, or worse, permanently lost. And vocalist/guitarist Alex DeSimine, with astoundingly raw emotional touch, tugs the listener into a mental cage of desperate longing, writing, “I got just a taste/But it sure laid me to waste/I’ve been up all night.”
Intimate personal and artistic connections unite Ritual Talk’s five members, which carves a space for DeSimine’s starkly raw personal expression. DeSimine and vocalist/bassist Alex Tremitiere have collaborated and fronted bands together for a decade. Their intricate, beguiling harmonies are a cornerstone of Ritual Talk’s odyssey-like compositions. Some in the band have moved away from New York City, only to return years later. But time has the power to both cause and correct entropy, and now, hopefully, they find themselves soundly sleeping, desirously dreaming.
More of Criblez’ films can be found at dancriblez.com. Check them out live through out NYC this summer:
7/14 – Bar Matchless – Brooklyn, NY
07/20 – American Beauty – New York, NY
08/04 – Pianos – New York, NY
08/05 – Jones Beach Bandshell – Long Island, NY