Solipsism. It’s the theory that oneself is the only entity that can ever truly be known to exist. Given that singer-songwriter Aaron Archer wrote all the parts and played nearly every instrument on his debut album, it’s also a fitting title.
Though Archer has been making music in Las Vegas for more than a decade, it wasn’t until last November that he compiled a collection of songs to present to the public. “The whole idea was to finish it and say, ‘OK, who wants to play in a band?’” Archer says. “I got a really good drummer lined up that I saw years ago who plays similar to me—a Dave Grohl, John Bonham type.” The goal, for now, is to turn his project into a power trio, he says.
Years ago, Archer played drums for a band called The Seams with Sara Jean Worrell, Tony Divincenzo and Steven Tankersley. Worell’s backup vocals reappear on Solipsism, during the album’s opening track, “Only Sometimes.” Worell is one of two local artists featured on the record; the other is Abe Millett, formerly of Third Eye Blind.
Archer’s lo-fi, garage-rock style permeates the project—a collection of songs he wrote years ago, recorded on an 8-track in the singer’s bedroom. And though he just released his debut album, he’s already writing and recording a new batch of songs with a more “Pink Floyd vibe,” he says. “I want to go spacier. I really want to find a keyboard player that can do the Rick Wright [type] stuff.” Solipsism, meanwhile, feels more like it was recorded during the ’90s alternative-rock explosion—think Gin Blossoms meet early Foo Fighters—with nods to ’70s power-pop staples Big Star.
When he isn’t working on new songs for himself, Archer can be found producing at a studio called the Hangout inside Emergency Arts. Whether he’s behind a mic, holding a guitar or working with a mixer, Archer likes is to keep things as stripped-down as possible—and Solipsism is a solid start in that direction. “It’s really lo-fi, [and] that’s kind of the point,” Archer says. “It’s about raw honesty.” aaronarcher.bandcamp.com