ABOUT THE KNOW BAND
The Know is a dream pop band from Los Angeles, CA comprised of the husband and wife duo, Daniel Knowles and Jennifer Farmer. In late 2018 Knowles suggested to Farmer that instead of traveling home for the holidays (to the UK and Texas respectively) that they stay put and try to create music together, just the two of them. This would be the married couple’s gift to themselves.
For the next few weeks, they isolated themselves in their home studio with no real plan except a mutual love of Beach House, Julee Cruise, Ye Ye, The Jesus and Mary Chain, 60's girl groups, and the evocative storytelling lyricism of Patsy Cline and The National.
The first result was lead single '143.' Inspired by Tom Waits’ ‘(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night’, the dream pop song melds autobiographical with fantastical lyrics and unfolds as a series of conversations, images, and hazy recollections of a night out. Their love for ethereal, dreamy atmospheres is shown in ‘143’, glistening with warm melodies, thick soundscapes, and quirky spontaneous flares.
‘Hold Me Like You Know Me’ is another example of the couples desire to create songs rooted in honesty. Jennifer reveals, “This is a very personal song. It describes a feeling of intense loneliness and isolation which I’ve dealt with a lot this past year. Wanting to be seen, felt, loved and adored. Although it’s written from a romantic perspective, I think this feeling is also true of friendships, family, etc. Especially in this modern day and age, where everyone is so detached and in their own worlds, it’s hard to feel connected on any kind of genuine level. You can be in a room full of people and still feel lonely”. ‘The song is wrapped up in twinkling synths and haunting vocals before building suddenly to a violent emotional crescendo.
The 3 remaining tracks provide an unflinching look at the couple. The EP often delves deep into the duo’s personal lives by honestly narrating stories from their relationship and life experiences against a kaleidoscopic sonic palette.
Recording together wasn’t entirely new to the couple, a few years prior they had made an album as “Ghostel” with a friend providing vocals. Knowles, previously a producer and guitarist for UK shoegaze band “Amusement Parks on Fire” and live sound engineer for bands like Cigarettes After Sex, Sharon Van Etten, and Phoebe Bridgers, recorded the project while Farmer became a co-writer and bassist for the first time. Ghostel would later have a song featured prominently in the trailer for Oscar nominated film, “Mustang.”
The Know's debut EP which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Knowles while Farmer handled the band’s visuals further reiterates their wish to craft something wholly their own. In addition, Knowles solely played all of the instruments while Farmer, for the first time, took on lead vocals. With a strong desire but no professional training and a deep seated fear, so intense in fact that previous attempts had reduced her to tears, Farmer’s voice emerges as courageous and powerful.
EP is set for release in early 2020.
The Know would like to thank Vlad Ionescu, Joe Rubinstein, Michael Cameron, Josh A. Katz, Kershona Mayo, Steve Nice, David Branch, Amy, Lexee Smith., Kristyn Tolhurst, Colin Coleman, Shoredive Records, and Franco Arias.
"143 is a dreamesque pièce de résistance”
“Farmer is a radiant tour de force.”
“Hold Me Like You Know Me is melancholy dream pop at its finest.”
“Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound comes to mind on first listen..”