Tracing their origins to a chance meeting at DIY show in Brooklyn in 2015, the Brooklyn-based post rock electronic band and experimental performance art Reliant Tom is centered around its core creative duo, Western Massachusetts-born, Brooklyn-based composer Monte Weber and Dallas, TX-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer and vocalist Claire Cuny.
They just released their sophomore record Play & Rewind.
In Claire’s words, “The album is about trying to return to a semi-normal routine by learning to manage the grief and anxiety that overcame me after the sudden loss of my father. My state was complex and somewhat guilt ridden because all I could feel was sadness. Even though I was at a good point in my life, with a loving partner, and reminded daily how fortunate I was when seeing the more severe hardships of other people such as chronic health issues and homelessness… all I could feel was despair, not the love or gratitude – but when you’re in the depth of your darkness it’s hard to feel much else.”
A highlight of the record is Cafetaria Believer.
The song has a unique quality to it. I like the experimental elements. Besides, the vocals are stellar. Furthermore, I am also a fan of the unique grooves and melodies.
Reliant Tom’s music connects with people. Their words are so meaningful.
Cafetaria Believer is a masterpiece. It’s raw and vulnerable. The song deserves to be heard.
You can stream Cafetaria Believer on SoundCloud or Spotify!