Brooklyn’s We Are Temporary opens up about separation, near-divorce in confessional second single, “Who’s Going to Love Me Now?”
Premiere via Yahoo! ✶ Debut album Crossing Overout February 19th
We Are Temporary – “Who’s Going To Love Me Now?’
► Song premiere via Yahoo! Music
“Riding high on his latest single” – Yahoo! Music
“Otherworldly and downright gritty” – Under The Radar
“Stunning… throbbing with sultry passion” – Gold Flake Paint
“Unsettling… engrossing… an almost nightmarish trip” – COMPLEX
Following a lead single and video that touched on themes of death and acceptance, We Are Temporary continues to mine through dark matter with his emotional follow-up single, “Who’s Going to Love Me Now?” A desperate and disillusioned song, this single struggles with the reality that love is defining, that we are who we are remembered to be, that our life and legacy are given essence by the people who love us.
In We Are Temporary’s lyrics, Mark Roberts writes, “I feel left out by all of the love around. / What absorbs me, holds me in?” It is a fearful question: a fear of not loving strongly enough, of not being loved enough in one’s short life. Written while separated from his wife, Roberts was struggling with what it meant to love singularly. The limbo of compromise, the conflation of love and debt, the universal fear of ending up alone, and the desperate plea to know “Who’s Going To Love Me Now?”: the song offers no answers, no resolution. Only later, as the album quietly concludes, does something resembling a solution suggest itself.
“Who’s Going To Love Me Now” is the second single from We Are Temporary’s debut album Crossing Over. The first single and video, “You Can Now Let Go,”can be found on the band’s website. Available on Stars & Letters Records,Crossing Over is about the thresholds we cross during the course of our lives: from youth to adulthood, from lust to love, from needing to giving, from life to death. Crossing Over releases February 19, 2016 and is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Bandcamp.
“Who’s Going To Love Me Now?”:
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Stream / Embed via YouTube
Purchase link via Bandcamp (incl. unrelease B-Side, “Yes”)
Pre-order link for Crossing Over via iTunes or Bandcamp
Press photos via Dropbox
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Listen to a PRIVATE STREAM of Crossing Over on SoundCloud
Crossing Over releases February 19, 2016 via Stars & Letters Records
We Are Temporary, the wired and weird brainchild of Brooklyn’s Mark Roberts, is as much the result of a musical obsession as a philosophical one. With boldly confessional lyrics and vocal deliveries funneled through nightfall beats and orchestral synths, We Are Temporary mines through the dark matter of personal experience: a near-death incident and debilitating anxiety attacks; a near divorce; a privileged, but tumultuous childhood in Europe’s opera houses; his humanistic atheism versus his wife’s devout Mormonism.
Drawing from a wide range of influences in contemporary electronic music, future beats, dream pop, witch house, post-rock, industrial, techno, and classical music, Roberts’ music has been described as “a spacey mix of dark-wave and electronic goth” (The Village Voice) that is “throbbing with sultry passion, offering up a host of inventive blasts of dense instrumentation, before suddenly feeling as light as a breeze” (Gold Flake Paint). Occasionally misunderstood as melodramatic and exaggerated, it is, in fact, a music obsessed with plain honesty and lived experience.
Raised in Germany‘s idyllic Rhein River valley by an American opera singer, Roberts spent his childhood playing hide-and-seek in the halls of Europe’s grandest opera houses, building dams in the nearby creak, and borrowing Skinny Puppy tapes from his babysitter. His mother’s passionate devotion to music inspired him to pick up the classical guitar at a young age, and he soon also began to experiment with early digital synths, MS DOS, and hissy multi-track tape recorders. He later studied music composition and philosophy at Northwestern University in Chicago (where he also played in a band with Groupon-founder, Andrew Mason), then evolutionary aesthetics at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, and toured New Zealand and the United States with his former post-rock outfit The Enright House.
Since relocating to Brooklyn in 2009, We Are Temporary’s music has been featured in The Village Voice, Complex, Yahoo!, Brooklyn Vegan, and Under The Radar, with his sound and production sensibilities having been compared to bands like Fever Ray, Crystal Castles, iamamiwhoami, M83, Austra, Jon Hopkins, Active Child, and Gesaffelstein. His live set debuted at Brooklyn’s iconic Glasslands venue in 2014, and he has since been privileged to play many of NYC’s landmark clubs and parties: Mercury Lounge, Cybertron & Stimulate, Nothing Changes, Berlin NYC, Bowery Electric, Cameo Gallery, Palisades, Trans-Pecos and many more.
Since We Are Temporary’s 2013 debut EP, Afterthoughts, Roberts has been busy releasing new singles (including a song in memory of Eric Garner, which premiered with a lengthy article in The Village Voice), collaborating with Stars & Letters label-mate Misfit Mod, covering Lana Del Rey’s “Gods & Monsters”, and sharing numerous remixes (including reworks of Kelela, Bart Skils, Maceo Plex, Ruane Maurice, Empathy Test, and more). His now-completed, debut full-length album Crossing Over releases via his Stars & Letters label on February 19, 2016.
“Otherworldly and downright gritty”
— Under The Radar
“Stunning… throbbing with sultry passion, offering up a host of inventive blasts of dense instrumentation before suddenly feeling as light as a breeze”
— Gold Flake Paint
“Haunting, mesmerizing, magical… the result is simply overwhelming”
— Against the Odds
“Catchy electronic pop”
— Brooklyn Vegan
“Lyrics like old love notes… smeared like tears on running eye-liner”
— Impose Magazine
“One of the most real artists you will ever have the pleasure to experience”
— Floorshime Blog
“Stark electronica with a very vulnerable human heart”
— POP LIB
“An incredible release that everyone should check out”
“Simultaneously brutal and brittle; lyrics scathe like steelo over jagged synths”
— Cheese On Toast
“A sense of epic, but touching greatness”
— Deer Du Bois