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This week’s NYC Scene Report features Koretsky emerging from self-isolation with a new project, Dig Nitty’s numerous trips down “Lomita,” and Lorelei Rose Taylor moving on from a previous time in her life.
* NYC-based artist Olé Koretsky has been involved in a number of unique musical projects over the years, including, most recently, D.A.R.K., which was his trio with his life partner Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries, and Andy Rourke of The Smiths.
After O’Riordan’s tragic passing, Koretsky spent a significant amount of time self-isolating. Now comfortable to return, he’ll be releasing an EP titled MMXX, under the name Koretsky, this summer.
“I felt it was time for me to shift focus and rejoin society,” he explains.
Check out the video for the single, “Call It A Day.” It features footage from the past six years of Koretsky’s life, including rehearsals before the last Cranberries tour, and b-roll from the D.A.R.K. EPK.
* Brooklyn-based band Dig Nitty will be releasing their full length debut, Reverse of Mastery, on July 24th via Exploding In Sound, and with the first single they’re taking everyone on a walk down “Lomita.”
“It's a song about visiting a hospital,” explains Dig Nitty’s Erin McGrath, “Lomita is the name of the street I would go on to get there. It’s a song about wishing you could bring the outside world to someone inside, and how weird it is to be able to just leave a hospital room and go back to the outside world. The second verse compares death to take off in an airplane, or spaceship.”
After listening to “Lomita,” Reverse of Mastery has been added to my list of anticipated albums. Give the song a spin. I think you’ll dig Dig Nitty.
* Back in the summer of ‘98 my dad and I spent a week attending games at various MLB ballparks throughout the midwest. While in Detroit, with the movie Grosse Pointe Blank was fresh in our minds, we drove through area made famous by the film. While on that drive we saw a house that was built as a replica of the palace of Versailles, and it had a mailbox that was also built as a replica of the palace of Versailles. It was unrestrained opulence to the nth degree.
None of that has anything to do with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Lorelei Rose Taylor’s debut EP, Versailles, out now via Uniquely Aligned, but when the heck else was I going to get a chance to tell that story in this column?
When it comes to Taylor’s Versailles, she explained the inspiration for the EP, saying, “Château de Versailles is home to one of the most electric eras of my life. For so long, everything was decadent – full of love and lust and excess … and then it wasn’t. The EP is about the party being over, and the gardens being overgrown. It’s about returning to Versailles with the only set of keys, and realizing the locks were changed. Sure, I could break in, but would it still feel like home?”
Give the title track a spin, and slow dance with Lorelei Rose Taylor on the remains, and memories, of her “Versailles.”
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.