is a new indietronica hubbub and freak-pop expression, whose debut single ‘Metropelium’
drew its inspiration from new musings on a hometown city. Founded in San Francisco, this is the new project of singer-songwriter-reckoner Mark Nelsen
… a new persona
a groovy menace tucked within his Saturn return. Filmed in downtown Los Angeles, the accompanying video, which is directed by Andrew Herwitz
and produced by Onema Pictures
, stars LA-based model and musician Victoria Murdok
, who became friends with Nelsen at a show he played in LA.
Mark Nelsens unpredictable live shows and knack for writing and producing genre-blending songs led him to create his debut single as Quiet Domino. Over the past few years, he has become known as a solo acoustic performer of expressive folk-pop and also as a member of several Bay Area psychedelic rock bands, namely Dooms Virginia
and Annie Girl & The Flight
This soulful tune ‘Metropelium’ pronounced ‘Meh-trHop-Eh-Lee-Um’ is a word he made up, combining Metropolis and Mausoleum to describe the modern city experience. The narrator wonders what the citys dreams have manifested in this modern age – an age where we are all dancing while simultaneously on our phones; comfortably disengaging from each other while yearning for true connection. Plug in or unplug? Stay or go? The city moves with you.
The internet has become our Mausoleum of recycled Metropolitan culture. Our experience is Metropelium, says Mark Nelsen. Why do we continue to dance atop a cultural veneer?The tracks realization had to await its synths, electronic beats and studio matrimony with keyboardist / producer Devin Farney. Inspired by the likes of LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Washed Out, Black Moth Super Rainbow and Foster The People, the result is a sonically lush hybrid cocktail with illustrious hints of Moby, Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Thom Yorke.
This experimentation eventually gave birth to the project and a fresh live set. Quiet Domino currently performs as a one-man band with synth, vocal loops, guitar, and a drum machine – occasionally joined by a few backing players.
Meet me south of the city
Ill be ready
You and, me and, your maybesCant believe the time that it took for you to get over certain things
Thought I was the one who was misunderstood for a crook – you always had the looksIn the Metropelium, temperature rising temperature fallin
Sentimental weather will never render the scene
Its a digital dream
Emperor Norton is cashing in
Might I say? Might I do?
Might I stay here with you?
Theres a thought of my own, of my own
Just one of my own
Cant believe the number of people all plugged in
And I am one of them
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