Exclusive Video Premiere – “Break Even,” From 1st Base Runner

Today we have an exclusive video premiere for the track “Break Even” from 1st Base Runner. 1st Base Runner is the one-man project from Tim Husman out of Austin Texas, and his dark ambient electronic track is taken from the album ‘Seven Years of Silence’, which was released earlier this year. The video was directed, photographed, and edited by Matt Mahurin and commissioned by Dilly Gent.

Tim Talks a bit about the song by saying:

This song is about the expectations other people place upon us in life. This could and should include life partners, parents, and authoritarian figures in general. It is written from the perspective of an adolescent trying to find meaning in the world. It attempts to reconcile the void between what is often given as advice and the underlying truths of what it means to be human and to be at peace with one’s existence.

This is also intertwined with other people’s interpretations of a vengeful creator and the pitfalls of projecting anger on the behalf of a deity. The instrumental sections of the song are intended to carry the listener away and into the deeper chasms of meaning and purpose.

As for the haunting video itself, director Matt Mahurin says:

It was a true inspiration to collaborate with Tim in telling his story of first surviving, and then thriving as a musician, husband, and father. The video for Break Even is a modern-day fable of one man’s journey from personal tragedy to artistic awakening that shares a deeply personal, yet ultimately universal message of humanity, healing, and most of all, hope – video director

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Vignettes of a misty dreamland with emergent, pulsing mantras and addictive breathy vocals. 1st Base Runner is the immersive new project from Texas electronic indie artist Tim Husmann.

Music is a compulsion. In another life, Husmann performed with international acts at storied venues all across North America from the Troubadour and the Fillmore to Montreal’s St. James United Church, playing drums, synths, and arranging electronic live setups. For the 1st Base Runner mastermind, a hiatus of seven years was necessary to clear out the creative coffers of past projects in order to forge ahead with a fresh new sound. Striking out on his own he sought to coalesce his inspirations into an endeavour that tied together his love of vintage synthesizers, atmospheric musical acts, and surrealist cinema. With all this musical flotsam and jetsam floating around in his head, he was compelled to make his long-awaited return to the scene.

Born in Amarillo, Texas and residing for most of his adult life in Austin, Husmann now lives in the hills outside of the hip cultural capital. He crafts his concertos conveying the ironies of the human condition from the privacy of his personal studio on the acreage. A highway burn removed from the neon distraction of Sixth Street and the live music crucible of the Red River District, Husmann can channel the wind whistling through the thicket on those vast Texas plains to inspire the airy waves of cascading sonics that proliferate his pieces.

His return, the aptly named Seven Years of Silence, is a testament to patience and precise planning. Tim Husmann works with the meticulousness of a Reznor or slow play masters Godspeed You! Black Emperor, wrapping each of his astral post-punk pieces in airy layers of cosmic synthesis. Husmann’s mix of gravelly whisper and ruminating croon offers words of guidance over danceable dreamworld gothic pop. The record maintains its grainy glow from start to finish enveloping the listener in rich analog goodness.

This June, Universal Music Group will be releasing music videos for ‘Break Even’ and ‘Only One’ directed by visually-arresting visionary video director Matt Mahurin. Of the music film maestro, Husmann says: “I really respect Matt a lot. I find his technique to be incredibly unique. He has a very wonderful way of combining moving image with painting and still photography”. The director is responsible for Sturgill Simpson’s ‘In Bloom’ and Tom Waits’ ‘Hell Broke Luce’ videos. Both feature a striking set of heightened reality visuals and demonstrate a style perfectly tailored to Husmann’s cinematic compositions.

On the heels of Seven Years of Silence, 1st Base Runner will release the Ellis EP this September, a collaboration with longtime friend Bryan Ellis. With the creative floodgates now open and the contributions of Ellis added to the record, the new release is markedly more lively. Brighter chords and percussion moved to the fore while keeping the same hazy glow that gave Seven Years its ineffable vibe. Under the guidance of longtime Radiohead Creative Director Dilly Gent, the project will drop a video for the lead track ‘Near Me’ in July. Effervescing synths bubble over a beat both warm and fuzzy and effortlessly cool. Husmann and Ellis craft a score for young love stumbling through the long summer evenings.

Not to be stopped during this prolific boon, 1st Base Runner has another full-length on the docket to be mixed in August. This third release expands upon the sound of Seven Years and Ellis while adding a good dose of post-punk edge with the introduction of live drums to the fold.

Seven Years of Silence is out now on limited edition vinyl LP and all major streaming platforms. The Ellis EP will release September 24th with the third record soon to follow.

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