The objective reality is this: there isn’t one. While we may live on the physical plane together, always jockeying for a space to standpeacefully among the noise, each experience is always subject to the whims of the beholder. The promise and horror of today is very real. But it’s up to you on how those macro social currents will affect your reality.
Andrew Grossman—bandleader, guitarist and lead vocalist for DC’s The North Country—documents his search for widespread subjective truth through expressive, narrative-based songwriting, providing both context and personal color on the trials, tribulations and tiny victories of 21st-century adulthood. Blending polyphonic psychedelia, classic American songwritership and soulful indie-rock compositions, The North Country is a band with a distinct message and broad appeal. Think about a deep songwriting session between Elvis Costello, Andrew Bird and Jeff Lynne, mix in Songs in the Key of Life-esque horn arrangements, St. Vincent’s otherworldly progressions, and you’re on your way to understanding The North Country.
Their newly recorded full-length album—In Defense of Cosmic Altruism— finds the band in a place populated with unknowns, not unlike our current social climate. Freed from a certain future, The North Country is free to explore their many facets, incorporating sounds as vast as synth pop, experimental and neo-soul, weaving a pastiche of influences as diverse as our community.