House of Feelings - Convo (feat. Dave Harrington)

Song of the Day
Hosted by Kevin Cole
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, is “Convo (feat. Dave Harrington)” by House of Feelings, a 2019 single on House of Feelings Records.
photo by matt draper
written by Janice Headley

House of Feelings is more than just a musical project. It began in 2015 as a club night, became the name of their radio show, and also evolved into a record label. At the core of HOF is Matty Fasano, Joe Fassler, and Dale Eisinger, though they work with many collaborators, including experimental jazz guitarist Dave Harrington on today's featured track. "Convo" also features a sample of the 1958 drum composition "Conversation" by composer Max Roach. Eisinger shares more via a press release:

“Convo” started out as a conceptual track, where I wanted to trade fours with one of the greats, Max Roach. I started by dropping in one of his most-well known statements, “Conversation,” and going back and forth with his solo. It became quickly clear the foundation for that was broader than the sum of its parts, as other instrumentals became more and more expansive. A lifetime ago, Matty was in a band called ARMS with Dave. He’s such a genuine, lovely guy, and a big supporter of our work and parties. Among the folks we know, he’s moved most aggressively into the jazz world. Without hesitation, he did a series of takes for us. By then, I rewrote the drums to dialogue with his playing, doing two tracks, one in each stereo channel. When Joe came in and laid down that monster bass line, it started to feel complete. Sitting somewhere between house and electronica and psy jazz, this is our tribute to electric Miles, with the now-ironic sample “not in New York, which is the only place to live,” undergirding a down-cycle of this cultural capital. As I write this, Joe now lives in Denver, Matty looks to new horizons, and Dave has decamped to Los Angeles.

"Convo" will eventually appear on the group's second LP, No Big Deal. No release date has been announced yet.

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