Entropy / entrp/ noun. lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.
On the surface, the name of NC band The Collections new album, Entropy, may seem deceptive. Over the four years since the release of their chamber pop, 25-piece ensemble debut, Ars Moriendi, the band shed enough weight to become an efficient touring band, garnered praise from NPR and American Songwriter, toured nationally with bands like The Oh Hellos and Lowland Hum, and performed dynamic sets at CMJ and New Music Seminar as an official Top 100 Artists On The Verge.
The trimming-of-the-excess was soon mirrored in vocalist David Wimbishs spirituality, resulting in the bands 2017 follow-up, Listen To The River, The Collections first member-arranged group of songs. Inspired by Herman Hesses Siddhartha, and the poetry of Rumi, the album took a step off of the fence walked between faith and doubt on Ars Moriendi, landing distinctly on the side of doubt. The constitutive single, Sing Of The Moon, received over 3 million streams between Youtube and Spotify, the release tour brought hundreds of people to venues across the country, and The Collection was featured at Wild Goose Festival, and Switchpoint Conference alongside PRIs Marco Werman.
Even Entropys debut single Beautiful Life, which PopMatters called, symphonic, poetic wonderment, seems to be about finding order by watching the natural world. Beneath the surface of all of this, however, is another story.
During the recording of Listen To The River, then-married band-members David and Mira Joy ended their marriage. Though committed to finishing the project peacefully together, the next months were a chaotic chain of events that left them with a totalled car, no house, no work, few friends, and the dwindling commitment of some bandmates.
Starting over alone in a new city, Wimbish began to write for a new solo project, freed from the assumed expectations of fans and band-members. The result was the most focused, honest, and intimate batch of songs the 27 year old songwriter had written, lyrically and musically. As the writing progressed, and the band had to stare its impending death in the eyes, a solid and enduring core emerged. Members Hayden Cooke (Bass), Joshua Ling (Harmonium/Guitar/Vocals), and Graham Dickey (Horns/Bells) lent their performances to David Wimbishs (Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Strings) fleshed out songs, birthing The Collections 3rd full-length record from the ashes of the unfinished solo project. With the addition of husband-and-wife Joshua Linhart (Drums) and Sarah McCoy (Keys/Synth/Vocals), the band finally found its firm footing.
And that is where the story of Entropy is revealed: Though meant to document Davids lifes gradual decline into, and subsequent recovery from, disorder, the album became a living testimony to The Collections own experience of entropy. Now, with the wisdom of hindsight, the band is back and focused, with a passion for sharing what theyve learned: that on the other side of disorder lies a new sense of beauty.
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