Exclusive: Rare Futures (Ex-Taking Back Sunday) Stream New Album ‘This Is Your Brain on Love’
Matt Fazzi has built quite the resume for himself. Formerly a multi-instrumentalist in San Francisco's progressive Facing New York and more recently in Brooklyn's A Great Big Pile of Leaves, he spent several years as a guitarist and vocalist in millennial emo institution Taking Back Sunday.
But in 2010, after he parted ways with TBS, Fazzi shifted his focus to his long-gestating side project, Happy Body Slow Brain. Initially envisioned with an electronic, keyboard-based sound, it morphed into something more organic and rock-influenced with hints of R&B and intricate rhythms. That fall, he formally introduced Happy Body Slow Brain with their debut, Dreams of Water, largely praised for its fearless genre-bending.
In the interim, Fazzi played guitar and keyboard for Atlas Genius, Into It. Over It. and the Dear Hunter while releasing two more EPs, all as he worked on a second album. Tomorrow (March 25), he'll finally release This Is Your Brain On Love – but don't look for it under the Happy Body Slow Brain name. The band is now Rare Futures and Fazzi told us how the new album (and his new philosophy) came to exist.
"When I originally set out to make this record, I didn’t expect it would take quite so long," he said. "But life happened and the plan unintentionally morphed and changed several times along the way. I remember at the very beginning of the whole journey, I was still searching for direction and I had lost a couple of family members to cancer, which really put things in perspective and sent me down the path of finding what the true purpose of this album was to be."
Fazzi said as the songs began to shape shape, a "bigger message and spirit" began to come into focus. "Make the most of your time on Earth while you have it," he said. "Living through those losses at the time and taking stock of what truly mattered amidst that darkness and uncertainty, was extremely crucial to my spiritual healing and to channeling my creativity into something uplifting and hopeful in its wake. It inspired me to make an album that sought depth and meaning, that was soulful and introspective, attempting to make sense of heavier themes relating to the human condition that everyone has to live through – like facing our inevitable mortality, the chaos of love or finding and fulfilling our ultimate destiny before it’s too late and time runs out."
Diffuser is proud to present an exclusive stream of This Is Your Brain On Love. You can pick it up tomorrow via Intheclouds Records and Fazzi's own Cerebral Music Group. And if you're reading this while wishing for a different life, you should probably get to clicking below – and soon.
"This Is Your Brain on Love is an album inspired by searching for your soul purpose amidst the chaos and layers of life and the way we perceive and experience love," Fazzi said. "It's meant to be a journey of reflection upon lessons learned from the past, living more in the present moment, and taking control of the fate of your future. It's about recognizing your true passions and chasing after them. We are responsible for writing the story of our own futures and creating our own happiness. And there’s no time like the present to go out and seek it."