Title - 'PETRA'
Artist - The Building
For those not in the know, PETRA was written, produced, and performed by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter Anthony LaMarca; also known for his role as guitarist in The War On Drugs.
Like so many Midwestern musicians before him, LaMarca left his beloved hometown of Youngstown, OH for Brooklyn, but returned in 2014 and began work as The Building, often joined by his brother Angelo (guitar) and wife Megan (cello) on a series of EPs and albums – including 2017’s acclaimed Reconciliation – released via Peppermint Records.
2. 'All Things New'
5. 'Life Half Lived'
6. 'When I Think Of You'
7. 'Never Understand'
8. 'Never Was Alone'
9. 'Peace's Eternal Truth Renews All'
PETRA – which shares its name with the LaMarcas’ beloved German Shepherd – is a bare-boned, often brutally blunt, new work from a gifted musician-songwriter forced by fate to confront life’s hardest truths and consequences.
On an album that encapsulates beautifully the way LaMarca creates music that is, at all times, inwardly driven and yet openly, and undeniably both relevant and understood by all that listen, the nine tracks free flow effortlessly through your speakers and into your soul.
Furthermore, LaMarca had just begun recording at Youngstown’s Peppermint Productions – a vintage studio facility best known for producing everything from polka superstar Frank Yankovic to the Judge Judy theme song – when a spell of intense back pain led to his being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.
Originally, LaMarca was diagnosed in the middle of making Reconciliation whereupon he immediately started treatment, which brought the disease into complete remission.
His disease relapsed last year while in the middle of making PETRA, but instead of making him take a back seat, maybe even back burn the new project, the experience inspired a second meaning to the album’s title; the acronym P-E-T-R-A, or “Peace’s Eternal Truth Renews All.”
Moreover, LaMarca’s physical struggle has resulted in the most powerful work of The Building’s still-growing canon, a vivid series of deeply personal songs - such as the lush, ethereal musings of the opener 'Transformed,' the lo-fi Americana of 'Purifer,' and the heartfelt stoic beauty of the closer 'Peace's Eternal Truth Renews All.'
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