Singer-songwriter Anthony Spirito delivers some beautifully crafted & haunting moments of reverie, longing, & all things impermanent.
That theme continues with more emotional and songwriting maturity with the recent releases of The August Piders & Romeo to Me respectively.
Spirito's definitive voice brings to mind moments akin to Matt Berninger of The National, vintage Elton John, an occasional whisper of Bowie (yea, I said that), Richard Hawley, & of course, his own.
His bio up to this point in time is captivating enough to leave you slack-jawed & wide eye'd, shaking your head in certain disbelief at various points along his journey....and he's about to kick things into overdrive by releasing another 6 EP's in 2017, two of which have been dropped already.
With the release of The August Spiders & Romeo to Me, Spirito continues to express more longing, reverie, and firmament.
But does so with more emotional maturity and songwriting prowess. The addition of Chandra Reese’s haunting vocals on both tracks only intensifies the anodyne.
His current location right now is southern California, but 6 months ago he called me from Brooklyn. No, he's not a trust fund baby, & yes, he's been broke beyond comprehension most of his life; but that's because he only does what he's forced to do---create.
In a world gone mad with information overload, and a time in which music no longer creates the cultural zeitgeist, he (and many artists of his ilk) tend to get buried beneath the discordant babble.
His accomplishments are many, though you'll never hear him boast--self criticism/loathing (is there really a difference?), may be his worst enemy.
He's created two feature length documentary films, gotten drunk with Tarantino, had a gig as a ranch hand at a "spiritual retreat" compound 2200 ft above sea level in Malibu.
He's read poetry at the Poetry Project (and was hit on by), with Allen Ginsberg, slammed against Maggie Estep at the acclaimed Nuyorican Cafe', received praises from one of his heroes, Galway Kinnell, for a 22 page poem The Infernal Age, and in the last six years has written enough "worthy" original music to fill about 4 full length LP's.
He believed then as he does now---that poetry & music have the power to heal, change, convert, end, transcend, & save lives. For some that's cliche'. For Spirito, it's oxygen.
He's a testament to his last name, maybe even cursed by it. He's a beautiful man on a mission. And he could use your support if you like what you hear.
SS Marx February 2017
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