The Physics of Meaning is a chamber rock band from North Carolina, spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist songwriter Daniel Hart. Daniel is a member of St. Vincent and John Vanderslice's band, as well as a frequent contributer to the Polyphonic Spree.
Much in the same way that Daniel splits his time now between several different projects, Daniel split his time growing up between two passions. He started playing the violin when he was only three years old and continued to study classical music throughout his adolescence. The weeks were spent practicing Bach sonatas and partitas; Saturdays rehearsing "Peer Gynt" and "The Firebird Suite" in city wide youth orchestra.
But Daniel also loved plays, taking up the role of Mercutio in a high school summer Shakespeare festival, reading the work of modern greats like Sam Shepherd and Samuel Beckett. At college, Daniel delved into playwriting, examining human motivation as it translates from the written word to the stage, writing his own plays and performing them with his classmates.
So The Physics of Meaning is the culmination of these two influences: Daniel's love of classical violin and his love of dialogue-driven storytelling. Physics songs are narratives, character sketches, soliloquies, arguments, secret wishes, and unsolved mysteries, all accompanied by strings which slide and sear and tremble and distort.
The music evokes the sweet earnestness of John Vanderslice, the technical beauty of St. Vincent, and the charging energy of the Spree, while the effects of a youth spent listening to Led Zeppelin and Yes are also evident.
The Physics of Meaning just finished recording it's fully-orchestrated second album, Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight, which is slated for release on Trekky Records. The album was engineered by Mark Paulson (Bowerbirds, The Rosebuds) and Alex Lazara (The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers), and features strings, winds, horns, harp, and a choir, with help from Adam Baker (Annuals) and Annie Clark (St. Vincent).
"Hart and his violin are one and the same apparatus, working in unison to bend the frames of typical pop, into pieces that open up old souls from the grounds."
"With a focus on character-driven narratives, Hart crafts beautiful bits of chamber rock that tell the oft-times tragic tales of a multitude of characters."
"Strong melodies, gorgeous layering and simple honesty."
-Time Out New York
"Snake Charmer is wonderfully crafted and gracefully executed."
"The Physics of Meaning aims for a grandiose display, and delivers".
"[A] breathtaking musical tapestry."
"The strings, propulsive drums, handclaps, and choir constitute perfection."
Aeroplanes and Hurricanes
1. In Dreams, We Discover Ourselves, Broken and Yearning
2. Destiny Reveals and Unbelievable Truth
3. No More Sleeping in the Shadows
4. Like White Blood Filling a Black Heart
5. Around the Bend
6. Why Can't We Fall in Love Forever (Anything is Possible)
7. We Were Made for This World
8. Song for a Snake Charmer
9. Song for a Wishing Well ( Not Everything is Possible)
10. Aeroplanes and Hurricanes
11. Snake Charmer and Destiny at the Stroke of Midnight
12. In Dreams, We Return to Ourselves, Empty and Honest