Farewell Ember is Toms River artist Anthony Nastasi. On the Poet Season EP, which was recorded by Jason Portizio in Toms River’s own Ugly Door Studio Nastasi enlists the help of several area artists to create four songs that have a feel appropriate to the record’s mid-autumn release.
Anthony Defabritus of Accidental Seabirds mastered the record which includes appearances from John Muccino of River City Extension/Thanks on piano, Tom Cirillo and Will Hernandez of the Creeptones on drums and bass, Cody McCorry and Matt Trice of We Used to Cut the Grass on saw and sax, and J. Sales of Moon Motel on vocals. There are also spoken-word interludes from poets Chloe Demos and Chris Rockwell.
Opener “The Meaning of Less Than Three” starts with Nastasi on vocals and acoustic guitar but the sound soon expands, adding bass and drums while layering on Muccino’s swirling piano, and McCorry’s singing saw. Things quiet down again as Demos speaks, “…A winter romance is not a summer fling.” That theme of the “winter” versus “spring/summer” period of relationships characterizes much of the EP.
J. Sales adds guest vocals on “Love Drugged at the Moon Motel,” which includes the line “Know it’s true. When you’re away, the sky’s no longer blue. It’s gone gray.” The EP closes with the paired tracks “The Hunter” and “The Hunted,” Chris Rockwell reciting at the end of the second song, “The bluebird weather is gone. It’s time to move on,” over Trice’s wailing sax.
Poet Season packs a lot into its short 16 minutes. It re-introduces a powerful songwriter and voice in Nastasi (this is his first release since 2005) and allows several area artists the freedom to shine outside of their other projects.
Poet Season is available to stream / download now at Farewell Ember’s Bandcamp page as a “Name Your Price Download” until Farewell Ember’s EP release show at The Berkeley on November 15th.