The latest release by Brooklyn-based artist Stimmerman (a.k.a. Eva Lawitts) is an eclectic mix of some of the best genres out there including experimental, prog, punk, post-punk, jazz, grunge etc. The album is titled Goofballs and includes collaborations with Chris Krasnow, Adam O’Farrill, Zane West, Russell Holzman, Ethan Meyer, Eli Greenhoe and Zack O’Brien. It was recorded at by Chris Krasnow and Eva Lawitts at Wonderpark Studios as well as at their home in Brooklyn and Greenport, New York.
About the album, Lawitts details; “Goofballs is the first full-length album I’m releasing under the name Stimmerman. The album is more or less about loss and survivor’s guilt- it’s a meditation on a friend’s fatal drug overdose at a young age through that lens. Side A of the album focuses on looking back at the environment in which our friendship started- pressures imposed on children to be successful, growing up too fast in all the wrong ways, and the often-debauched nature of our great and terrible adolescence here in Brooklyn. Side B centers me more as an unreliable narrator, and features songs about grief and culpability in a close friend’s death some of which are, I believe, misguided.
The name Goofballs is twofold: I think this album recaptures some of the sense of humor my other projects have had that the first Stimmerman EP lacked, and of course there is the drug allusion: Goofballs meaning barbiturates or any cocktail thereof.”
We wanted to know more about Stimmerman, so we asked them to pick the three albums that have influenced them and their music. Check out their picks below and be sure to check out their album if you haven’t already.
The Most – At Once
I first heard this album in the fall of 2017 when I was on tour with Citris. It’s hyper-melodic, raw in how emotional the vocal performances are and perfectly composed in its many interlocking melodies, neat rhythms, and unexpected-yet-perfectly-natural song forms. I listened to it a lot between autumn 2017 and autumn 2018, leading up to the first recording session for Goofballs. I think by that period I had already written most of the actual songs, but it definitely influenced the way I went about working Adam (trumpet) into the fray, writing new countermelodies and it also influenced how I ended up editing some of the forms to get rid of extraneous figures that were meant to even out some phrases.
Joanna Sternberg – Then I Try Some More
This actual recording came out a little late for it to affect my last album, but I have been hearing these songs for years- and Joanna has always been massively inspiring to me. We’ve known each other since we were teenagers when we were both very focused on being upright bass players. When they started doing shows where they sing and play guitar, I was shocked by their voice, the directness and openness in their lyrics, and the timeless quality of their melodies! To me, Joanna is a once-in-a-generation songwriter and I’m always trying to see what I can strip away from my music to begin to approach their kind of universal-truth-by-way-of-simplicity kind of vibe (at least that’s my interpretation). J is also always saying that everyone can sing, which helped me to stop being terrified of singing (which I was because lots of people told me that I’m bad at it).
Danielle Grubb – Venus
This EP is just one of many super brilliant EPs by Danielle Grubb, but this is the one that came out while I was recording Goofballs, so it’s the one I’m going with. The single ‘Undone’ (which was released ahead of the EP) was definitely on constant repeat while I was writing and fine-tuning the songs. I just think Danielle is a genius arranger of pop music, and every song they make is so strong in it’s holistic, singular vision. There are so many little details in each song that you don’t catch until the 3rd or 4th listen through, and the hooks are euphoria-inducing. Every section, instrumentation choice, lyric, and vocal inflection is kind of amazing on its own, but then the sum of all those parts seem to add up to so much more- like something inseparable from the condition of being alive. I think my songs are a lot less organized than this, but I feel like there’s so much to learn here!