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Split Screens is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, Jesse Cafiero. Entering a fresh chapter of his life, Cafiero began Split Screens upon his move across the country to San Francisco. Influenced by the subtle psychedelia of Pink Floyd and raw emotion of Sea Change-era Beck, Split Screens’ debut self-titled EP is a love letter to coasts and muses left behind, delivered against the primal urge to keep moving forward.
Split Screens came to fruition behind the scenes while Cafiero was building his reputation as a sought-after bass player. He has shared the stage with Bay Area mainstays such as Thao Nguyen (Thao with the Get Down Stay Down), John Vanderslice, Sean Hayes, as well as Ezra Furman. He has also collaborated with The Magik Magik Orchestra and currently plays bass and lap steel for the up-and-coming DRMS.
When it was time to hit the studio, Cafiero called upon producer Jeremy Black (Apollo Sunshine, Ferocious Few) to polish his drone-infused vision into the densely-layered tapestry of the Split Screens EP. You can hear field recordings from the Catskills stream next to Cafiero’s childhood home in upstate New York in between “Paying The Price” and “Deep Down,” symbolic of the inescapable realities of the past and a gratitude for those fleeting, warm moments of nostalgia. These pieces play to the larger theme of the EP that reflects on life, loss and the search for the eternal.
Cafiero plays the majority of instruments on the record, tied together succinctly by the drums of Rory O’Connor (Tycho, Com Truise) and Jeremy Black’s analog tape delay, which adds expansive textures to the Split Screens EP’s fever dream aesthetic. Underneath the record lies a vibraphone heart, courtesy of session player Geneva Harrison, which pumps fluidly into the extremities of Cafiero’s emotive lap steel playing.
While fully aware of that which has been lost, the Split Screens EP’s ultimate thesis is love transcends. Leadoff track “Born” exemplifies this beautifully, with Cafiero’s dream-like croon gently opening the curtains on all that is to come and flowing seamlessly through the record’s five melodic machinations.
2. When It Comes To You
4. Paying The Price
5. Deep Down
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