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Some people are tragically stuck in the past, like the moms who think the Black Eyed Peas are so hot right now (Hansel voice from Zoolander). Jonathan Visger, musically known as Absofacto, is not one of those people. Absofacto is the future. The Michigan-based pop musician, formerly a member of Mason Proper, recently stopped by Baeble to jam and tell us a little bit about what goes on inside his innovative mind. What we foundAbsofacto doesn't care about being cool. Something we all wish we could say. "I'm not interested in doing something that's just cool and just stylistically feels cool, like fashionit has to mean something, it's about trying to find magic", he explained. Well after performing three songs in our sessionthe magic was definitely found, and it filled the room. And we can confirm that Absofacto reeks cool without even trying.

Lyrically and sonically, there are endless levels to Absofacto's songs and projects. His EP titled Thousand Peaces is reflective of his own personal conflicts, but also greater conflicts happening around the world. At the very core of his music lies that indescribable feeling or emotion that makes music specialwe would describe it if we could. In the session, Abso brought his space pop beats and soothing voice, but was also accompanied by a drummer, guitarist, and bassist. The first song, "Done With Love" was a beautiful game of vocal volleyball, as Absofacto went back and forth with Katie, his bassist. After the duet, Abso continued with "Dissolve", a track that made a lot of internet noise. He concluded the session with "Light Outside".

As pop continues to move forward, so does Absofacto. He's down with the futuristic weird pop music and so are we. So, if you're a little stuck in the past and need some new sounds in your life, check out our Baeble NEXT Session with Absofacto.

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Just the way that music sits in my mind, it's like there's something about the life and the way that like a live instrument excites the air in the room.
And also just the interpersonal dynamics of when you're seeing a show, when you're trying to watch an hour of something, I see what's happening and I understand it.
No matter who I am, when he hits that thing, I hear that sound.
And you lose that in electronic music sometimes where you're hearing sounds and they're just disembodied.
And it's really nice to give them a body.
Back up and I heard A knock at the door, I hoped you would
One There's the knockin'
Two Gettin' hard to breathe Three Gotta open on four
Tell me I'm yours, when you open up the door
So hard to be sure
Being able to have your attention drift around and, oh, this part of the song is about this lead line.
Especially I love having female backup vocals and like that kind of vibe is very important to my music, and so especially on a duet like "Done with Love," to be able to kind of pass the attention over to Katie adds so much to the show and so much depth that you can't have if it's just one person.
I thought that I was done With love for good
I felt the need to run And thought I should
But now I'm not so sure Seein' as you're
Sticking around here waiting for me
How can I ask for more Before I leave?
One, There's the knockin' Two, Gettin' hard to breathe
Three, Gotta open on four
Tell me I'm yours Am I late?
When you open up the door Should I wait?
So hard to be sure Am I late?
When we locked it up before Ooh
Should I wait for you to change your mind?
I'm waiting for you all the time Time, Time
I thought that I was done
I thought that I was done
I thought that I was done
Tell me I'm yours Am I late?
When you open up the door Should I wait?
So hard to be sure Am I late?
When we locked it up before Ooh
Should I wait for you to change your mind?
I'm waiting for you all the time Time, Time
Am I late?
Should I wait?
Am I late?
I thought that I was done with love for good
So we started out with "Done with Love," which is a duet originally sung with my friend, Herizen.
I produced her whole EP that's coming out pretty soon, which is really exciting.
I showed her the song and she's like, "Can I jump on this with you?" It's a duet that I wrote with my friend it all sort of takes place on either side of a door.
So if you picture two people standing on either side of the door and they thought they were maybe never going to see each other.
They broke up and they thought they were never going to see each other again.
And it's the question of what this is going to be when they suddenly are surprised to find each other on either side of this door.
One has come back.
One stayed home.
All of it is in that tense moment of like "What is this?" Should I wait for you to change your mind?
I'm waiting for you all the time
And to me, "A Thousand Peaces" is somewhat a…it's like a reflection of there's so much conflict in the world right now too that I end up writing about these small conflicts and trying to resolve them, but it seems like a bigger kind of peace is just kind of built up of a lot of small conflicts being resolved.
There's not one answer to everything.
And that was sort of the idea behind that.
No flask can keep it Bubble up and cut right through
But you're someone I believe in You heat me like a filament
Anytime you're in the room But you burned me and I'm smoking
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
In a pool full of your love
But I don't even know how the chemistry works
When you're poolside Kicking in the dirt
Kicking in the sand And stirring up trouble
Can't find an exit I wander in a maze alone
If I find you, will you shock me? Left, left and right, right
Pretty sure that I've been here before And it isn't what I wanted
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
In a pool full of your love
But I don't even know how the chemistry works
When you're poolside Kicking in the dirt,
Kicking in the sand And stirring up trouble
Your voice like an angel Been chain smoking all month long
Like you're someone I believe in
Am I only a lab rat? Someone you can test things on?
This isn't what I signed up for
I just wanted you to
I just wanted, wanted
I just wanted you to
I just wanted, wanted
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
In a pool full of your love
But I don't even know how the chemistry works
When you're poolside Kicking in the dirt,
Kicking in the sand And stirring up trouble
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
In a pool full of your love
But I don't even know how the chemistry works
When you're poolside Kicking in the dirt,
Kicking in the sand And stirring up trouble
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
Am I only a lab rat? Someone you can test things on?
This isn't what I signed up for I just wanted you to
When we played "Dissolve," which is a song I wrote a couple of years ago now but sort of has bubbled on the internet, it kind of uses this weird sort of chemistry lab metaphors for both like the chemistry between people but also kind of somebody experimenting on you, like maybe you're really into the relationship and the other person is…you're not sure if they're sort of messing with you or if they really care as much as you care, in a very weird, trippy kind of way expresses that.
Your love
But I don't even know how the chemistry works
When you're poolside Kicking in the dirt,
Kicking in the sand
And I almost hesitate to say this, but I think, in some ways, alternative and like indie and all those things have kind of lagged behind pop now in terms of evolution.
There's a lot of like backwards-looking music.
And that can be great and that could give you this nostalgic feeling, but the more into the future we go without having music that doesn't sound like it never existed before, it kind of feels like a little histrionic as opposed to futuristic, weird pop music where every month there's some new pop song with a sound in it I've never heard before.
And people are finding ways to do that and I think that's really exciting.
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve
I just wanted you to watch me dissolve slowly
My love with a broken GPS Don't stop, you were always such a mess
So many stars but they lead you so astray
Are you caught up in some place? Are you gonna get away?
I leave a light outside And I hope that you know
You never gotta hide, Like a deadthorn fades out into the night
So baby come on home Where you know
That the tick-tock of my heart Is beating right on time
Never fast Never slow
You lied, but I always know the truth We fight, but I can't stay mad at you
Got zero bars, so the message won't beam down
Take a cab, don't be too proud I don't care, just come around
I leave a light outside And I hope that you know
You never gotta hide, Like a deadthorn fades out into the night
So baby come on home Where you know
That the tick-tock of my heart Is beating right on time Never fast Never slow
Always out on your own, We're playing a game of phone tag all the time
Forgot your key in the door You got me waging a war deep in my mind
Uh oh You break it when you cross the line
Uh oh You're sayin' I'm a stubborn guy
Uh oh Don't want to give it up tonight
I leave a light outside And I hope that you know
You never gotta hide, Like a deadthorn fades out into the night
So baby come on home Where you know
That the tick-tock of my heart Is beating right on time
Never fast Never slow
We finish with "Light Outside.
" To me, there's this distinctive kind of person of like… Maybe it's like a type of person that I really like.
They're kind of a little bit of a mess in their lives but in a way that's really endearing.
It's sung from sort of the perspective of like you just had a fight.
That person, that sort of a mess is like out, God knows where, where their phone is dead, like they're unreachable, your communication is completely cut off for whatever reason, or they're probably like lost.
Who knows? And sung from the perspective of being at home and being like "I wish this person knew that it's okay to come back.
" For me, it's always just kind of like a certain indescribable feeling that this is just good and special for some reason.
If it doesn't feel like it's special, then I don't want to do it.
There always has to be something that's emotionally resonant for me personally, that is true in my life or really means something to me.
And if it doesn't have that, I'm not interested.
I'm not interested in doing something that's just cool and just stylistically feels cool, like fashion.
And then it's just kind of this process of try to get a sound in it that you've never heard before in some way and try to… It's really just trying to find magic, and whatever that is.
It could be a clubbier song.
It could be an acoustic song.
I don't really care what it is, as long as it hits that list of everything about this adds up to something special.
And it don't get old We can scream
'Cause we know how long a night is gonna be
Endless summer Endless summer
I'm Absofacto.
They're like, "Let's like really think about this.
" How long do you want answers to be? Sorry, I'm a nightmare.
I see this already.
- All right.
- Hi.
This is Absofacto and you're watching Baeble Music.
Find a girl who thrives on the danger
Is my face on that? - Your eyes need to be a little wider.
That's perfect.
Every scene Get lost inside an endless summer
Endless summer dream

Artist Bio

Absofacto is the solo project of songwriter/producer Jonathan Visger. Through a handful of unique projects, Visger became a fixture of Michigan's indie rock scene and in 2008 began recording his solo work under the Absofacto moniker, self-releasing singles and EPs via Bandcamp and on his own website. Fusing intelligent, often surrealist songwriting with a strong emotional core, he created a stylistically fluid sound that pulled from bedroom pop, art rock, and electronic music. In 2011, his catalog of early singles was compiled into an elaborate full-length release titled Sinking Islands. Subsequent releases included 2013's [Loners] EP as well as a series of stand-alone singles including "History Books" and "Dissolve," the latter of which went viral, topping the Hype Machine charts in 2015 and garnering millions of Spotify streams. In early 2017, Absofacto was featured on the song "Trouble" by New York EDM duo the Knocks. Having relocated to Los Angeles, Visger signed with Atlantic Records, which issued his next two singles, "Light Outside" and "Endless Summer," later that year.
Via AllMusic.com

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