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The Second Spirit, an indie rock project, just released its debut EP, “Modern Life,” a five-song album, and its first single, “Rescue Car,” which, according to project leader (singer/producer) Matthew Victory Warren “personifies the physicality of love through a retro vibe, rock and roll groove and cool, fuzzy guitar leads.”

Part psychedelic, part post-rock, the album’s most cinematic side is filled with lush and memorable sonic backdrops that add a sense of depth and emotion to the tracks. On the flip side it gains immediacy and energy from earnest rock and roll influences, hinting at genres as diverse as garage, post-punk and alternative. It steps into “Dreampop” and “Shoegaze” genres too, according to Warren.

“Since it’s my first album, I wanted to demonstrate my broad range of influences,” says Warren, songwriter and producer. “The album can’t be characterized by one category. I combined songs that fit into different genres. For example, ‘Rescue Car’ is more garage post rock; ‘Modern Life’ is more Glam Dreampop Electronica, and others have more of a folk influence.”

The Second SpiritWarren says that to fund his love of music, he “once sold peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from his window with a pulley basket and pull chain bell.” Since then, he’s discovered his compositional identity and now embraces his love for classic song-writing, alternative rock and dream-pop, and emphasizes the textural quality of the music as well as the melodic and lyrical components of it. He sings and plays guitar on all the songs.

Other album contributors include Leigh Sogoloff, Justin Stills, Lance Miller, Jeff Johnson, Vinnie Castaldo and Joey Hennigan.

Matthew Victory Warren
Matthew Victory Warren

He says he’s been influenced by and collaborated with numerous peers, including producer, Phutureprimitive, downtempo project, Snout Music, rapper, Dey La Magia, and artist, Alex Higgins of Alex and His Meal Ticket. He can often be found playing songs on his pulsating, blue, electroluminescent guitar in the streets of Las Vegas. His clever songwriting and performance ideas simply make people smile.

For more information: https://thesecondspirit.com/.

Find his album on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-second-spirit/id1157190450.

Watch the official “Rescue Car” music video: