In his new album Sevenths, New Jersey-based musician and digital artist Andrew Agulto of NovaBound takes you on a chilly bike ride through a changing autumnal suburban city-scape. The album, comprised of seven songs, loosely mirrors the seven stages of grief; Shock, Denial, Guilt, Anger, Depression, Reconstruction, and Acceptance.
- The moody opening riff of “Angel & The Starman” describes a bit of the Shock experienced; “I never dreamed that you would take me home, but now the dream is over and I’m all alone.”
- In “Shattered Eyes” (track two) NovaBound addresses the Denial factor; “Times are changing, we’re all getting old. Don’t believe all the things you’ve been told they’re a lie, behind those shattered eyes.”
- In “Under The Sun”, the Guilt stage is faced head-on; “I know I said you don’t belong but don’t give up too soon, but now you’ve got me lost forever on the dark-side of the moon.”
- “For love I surrender, the prize I got to pay.” is NovaBound’s Anger showing through in “For Yesterday.”
- Depression creeps through in “Favorite Color” – “You know I’d do anything to hear your sweet, soft voice again”
- Things take a turn upwards in “Coast to Coast” – showcasing the stage of Reconstruction; “When I searched for her in those eyes, she was not to be seen… Swimming in the sea, drifting far from me”
- The final phase of Acceptance is covered in “Another Time,” with acknowledgement that “the clock moves forward.”
The concept was largely influenced by Andrew’s first-hand experience of going through the stages himself, following an intense break-up in 2015. With the help of his brother Arthur Agulto (guitars) and his mentor/friend Kevin Basko, the formerly vaulted demos were given a new life and direction years later in the studio. Through the seven tracks, NovaBound guides you through a head-bopping emotional journey of highs and lows, turns, and new destinations.