Music is an art, and as so it should be treated. It’s quite refreshing to come across a young band who outwardly respects this sentiment, and we’ve certainly witnessed that in the case of eight-piece art-rock band, Nick Valentini Collective.
From their innovative, cross-genre sound to their transcendental, illustrative visuals, the Los Angeles collective permeates music as a creative outlet for emotion with each and every release. Case in point: today’s premiere of “Worms,” supplemented by a narrative music video that makes this not just another release, but a complete art piece by Nick Valentini Collective.
Nick Valentini (singer, keyboard) takes us on a psychedelic journey through what appears to be an individual’s twisted psyche, as he reasons through a distorted medley of thoughts on “losing control” and being “upset that [he] was a product.” This is supported by crescendoing piano riffs and jazz-y stringed instrumentation provided by the rest of the band, Erik Shiboski (bass), Hugo Shiboski (tenor sax), Nate Schwartz (guitar), Nicolo Scolieri (flute), Nick Velez (drums), Gabriel Wheaton (string orchestration), and Tyler Wennstrom (keyboard/percussion).
Valentini shared some insight regarding the meaning behind “Worms,”
“The idea of worms in one’s head is an elaboration on the distorted thoughts we have from time to time. Our society engulfs us with so much meaningless information that sometimes we get tangled in it all. We can’t help but feel like our wacky reality is inescapable. The worms are symbolic of these illusions we face.”
Judging by “Worms” and their other recent releases, we are patiently anticipating what’s to come on Nick Valentini Collective’s debut EP, No Time For Today. In the meantime, you can catch the band live at select venues and pick up your copy of “Worms” here.