No Regular Play has come along way in their pursuit of sonic excellence. Their freshly completed second album, “Can’t You See”, is the duo’s finest showing to date. Forged amidst the fires of coping with the loss of a dear loved one, “Can’t You See” is a testament to the power of creativity triumphing over and transmuting adversity.
The multi-instrumental and impressively talented band consists of born and bred Minnesotans Gregory Paulus & Nicholas DeBruyn who relocated to Brooklyn, NY, 10 years ago. They are the same Crew Love stalwarts that you should know and love. This time around, the gentleman have pushed their art and craft further than ever before, fine-tuning each individual sound on the album to an unprecedented level of detail with the help of talented producer, Alex "Hammer" Hamadey. The end result is a work that is robust, substantively deep and ready to soundtrack your night; be it a steamy dance floor or a romantic summer tryst.
For the unfamiliar, No Regular Play’s creative essence is that of artists inspired by the dirty instincts of the late night dance floor but married to the lush harmony of the concert hall. This essence is on clear display in “Can’t You See”, and definitively thriving.
The duo began composing this album shortly after the passing of Gregory Paulus’ father, Stephen Paulus, one of the most prolific American composers of the last century. Consequently, the core of the album is driven by their bold spirit to positively respond to a very intense period in their lives. The songwriting takes a deeper tone addressing the topics of life, death, hope, cherished memories and perseverance. “Can’t You See” is about remembrance and embracing the beautiful truth that the music will always live on. The second track of the album, “Lake Gilmore”, carries an eerie nostalgia that serenely enhances this theme of remembrance. The melody is an outline of a chord Stephen Paulus used to play frequently, a stylistic hallmark. No Regular Play recorded this melody on Stephen’s Steinway grand piano from 1925, a family heirloom and the same piano he wrote music on every day of his life. Throughout the album, there are many recordings made on Stephen’s piano, so listen closely on “Be Together” & “Never Be the Same”. These were some of the last notes played on the beloved instrument. No Regular Play will be touring “Can’t You See” the world over, expanding the project with a full live band including piano, drums, and saxophone. They have already gotten their feet wet with this wonderful live configuration, so catch them as they move forward, one step at a time towards the full-fledged musical masters they are destined to become.