Debut Full Length There Is A Presence Here
Due Out April 13th via Other People Records
Preorders Available Now
U.S. Tour Dates Throughout The Spring
photographer credit: Jack Garland
Praise for There Is A Presence Here
“…creates drama from whisphers…” – New York Times
“…breathtaking and astonishing.” – NPR
“…the sort of album that makes a lasting impact” – Stereogum (Artist To Watch)
This Friday, April 13th, Many Rooms, aka 22 year-old musician Brianna Hunt, will release her debut full length, There Is A Presence Here, on Other People Records. It’s a stunningly well-crafted debut that’s already garnered praise from The New York Times, NPR, Stereogum, and more with its ethereal instrumentation and Hunt’s evocative voice. Today BrooklynVegan has premiered a final preview of the album with “This Place Is Haunted.” BrooklynVegan praised the track, calling it, “a delicate, minimal song, with nothing more than guitar, voice, and some nice lo-fi atmosphere.”
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Written during a crisis of identity and faith, the songs on There Is A Presence Here askew traditional structures in favor of building mood and atmosphere—a choice Hunt made to try and reflect a dream-like emotional state. “This Place Is Haunted” perfectly encapsulates that’s purposeful construction with it’s gently rising guitar lines and swirling vocals. Hunt’s ability to create dramatic moments and impressive dynamics from minimal instrumentation is on full display, communicating a fragile state with spellbinding confidence.
Many Rooms also has a number of West Coast live dates and festival appearances coming up, including performances at Spring Fling and Bled Fest. See full itinerary below.
There Is A Presence Here is due out April 13th via Other People Records.
There Is A Presence Here track list:
2. Which Is To Say, Everything
3. Dear Heart
4. Hollow Body
6. The Nothing
8. There Is A Presence Here
9. This Place Is Haunted
10. When I Find You In The Flowers
05/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
05/11 San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods
05/25 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
05/26 Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
05/27 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
06.02 Cleveland, OH @ Spring Fling V
Even at a young age, Houston, TX-based Brianna Hunt had a taste in music and art that leaned towards the melancholy. This inclination would follow her as she immersed herself in DIY punk and first conceived the earliest incarnation of Many Rooms, the moniker under which she records and performs. The still-evolving project first made waves in 2015 with the release of the Hollow Body EP, a collection of mostly-acoustic tracks that showed great promise and allowed her to embark on a relentless touring schedule.
As life on the road intensified, so did Hunt’s struggles with depression. Despite often finding great joy in touring, she found herself struggling with more self-doubt than ever, questioning not only every facet of her life, but her afterlife as well. It became hard to re-acclimate to life at home and touring turned into her escape: an alternate life with very little private time where she could temporarily hide from the roots of her deteriorating worldview. All of this tension created a numbness, a sense dread she couldn’t quite pinpoint.
This existential ache and the desire to find relief is at the heart of Many Rooms’ debut full length, There Is A Presence Here, a stunningly bare album that finds Hunt reckoning with detachment from herself, her faith, and the people around her. Going into the studio to make There Is A Presence Here was the first substantial alone time that she’d experienced in a while, and it forced her to actively process many of her feelings in the midst of recording. This sense of isolation and introspection permeates the album — its gauzy minimalism intended to mirror the haze of her mental state during that time. Even the album’s allusions to other art — which range from C.S. Lewis to Nine Inch Nails — reference a state of bleak mental limbo. Hunt sought to create songs without traditional structures, and instead focused on conjuring tangible moods and atmosphere around her ethereal voice and lyrics. The resulting mix of cinematic ambience and striking crescendos meld with Hunt’s desperately contemplative words to make an album that’s powerful even at its most fragile.
There Is A Presence Here is built from harrowing times, but it is not without light. Hunt’s lyrical self-confrontations maintain hope even in their bleakest moments, showing a willingness to ask hard questions and find acceptance in the answers. With intense vulnerability comes profound catharsis, and making There Is A Presence Here would become one of many steps towards Hunt beginning to find solace.