Lost In The Pressure is the latest album from Dive Index, an electro-acoustic collaborative project spearheaded by songwriter/producer Will Thomas. Recorded in New York City and Los Angeles, the album features vocals by Isaiah Gage and Simone White. Will, Isaiah and Simone share co-writing credits.
The arrangements incorporate piano, cello, guitars, found sounds and a blend of live and electronic percussion, creating a multi-layered foundation for the vocals. Loops and effects are used to build melodic and rhythmic textures. The personal themes in Isaiah and Simone’s lyrics reflect the intimate way in which the songs were written and recorded.
Past Dive Index albums Mid/Air and The Surface We Divide have included vocals by Joseph Arthur, Mark Gardener (Ride),* Ian Masters* (Pale Saints), and Natalie Walker, as well as piano by Roger Eno. Several songs have been remixed by Jason Bentley, The Album Leaf, and Tunng and have been lovingly embraced by tastemaker radio station KCRW.
Dive Index albums characteristically feature various musicians and vocalists, but the common thread is producer Will Thomas. While Dive Index is Will’s primary song-based focus, he has also recorded several minimal electronic albums (two with Roger Eno), created sound installations and composed music for film and TV.
Simone White is an LA based singer/songwriter who has released three well-received albums on Damon Albarn’s Honest Jon’s record label. Her songs have been used in many TV ads, including ‘The Beep Beep Song’ featured in a popular Audi commercial. Simone’s affinity for music was shaped by a non-traditional upbringing in a family of musicians, artists and performers.
Isaiah Gage is a classically trained cellist who grew up in downtown Manhattan surrounded by instruments in his father’s double bass repair shop. He has recorded a solo album (produced by Will Thomas) and was a member of indie rock band La Strada.
Along with Isaiah’s vocals, he contributes cello to a number of these new Dive Index songs. Additional cello was performed by Alison Chesley (Bob Mould, MONO, Shellac) to create a string section that adds harmonic beds and interludes throughout the album.
The songs on Lost In The Pressure explore what it’s like to be vulnerable and adrift. To suddenly find yourself disoriented in a sea of people, an ocean of thoughts.