OUT 11/12/21 ON NEW AMSTERDAM RECORDS
“the existential void I want to crawl into like a hot bath on a cold night.” – VAN Magazine
“Heartbreaking beauty.” – Gonzo Circus
“Friar’s music… beguiles, bewilders, and beautifies…” – Big Takeover Magazine
January 26, 2022 – Album REVIEW in Van Magazine. Olivia Giovetti writes “… Friar is more interested in the slow burn of history, rendered through his meticulous ear for timing and pace… “Before and After” ends with the ten-and-a-half-minute “Done Deal,” a spiral of dread and despair that at times feels like Baroque lamentation before slowly giving way to a pixellated agitation. It’s the existential void I want to crawl into like a hot bath on a cold night.
January 18, 2022 – Album REVIEW in Gonzo Circus (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
“From time to time it erupts unexpectedly and aggressively, as if that is ultimately the defining characteristic of man as a species. In the hands of the NOW Ensemble, that duplicity sounds completely convincing… In the concluding ‘Done Deal’ there is an insistent despair about the fate that humanity is inevitably heading towards. Heartbreaking beauty.“
January 12, 2022 – Video Premiere on Big Takeover of “Chant”.
Video by Deborah Johnson/Candystations.
January 1, 2022 – Before and After included on NY Times/New Yorker/NPR critic Steve Smith’s list of highlight albums of 2021.
December 10, 2021 – Album featured on
New York Public Radio’s WNYC New Sounds with John Schaefer.
November 19, 2021 – Interview with Sean on 15 Questions.
Album officially announced October 1, 2021, along with release of the single “Rally.“
Upcoming music video release by Deborah Johnson of Candystations coming soon.