Real Life Buildings Share "Ohio and West" on Stereogum Today! 27 March 2019
Listen to Real Life Buildings third and final album, "Ohio and West," thanks to Stereogum. "Real Life Buildings have a brief-ish but storied history, a snapshot of a New York scene that is slowly fading and shifting into something new. Across three full-lengths, 2014’s It Snowed, 2017’s Significant Weather, and now Ohio And West, its revolving contingent members have included musicians that make music as Vagabon and Crying and Gabby’s World and Told Slant. They’ve also reconfigured elsewhere, making beautifully expansive songs as Act Of and raging hardcore as Closer.
The songs on Ohio And West are contemplative and rousing, knotty and hopeful. Van Asselt continues with his fixation on markers of time — seasons and rising water lines and life characterized by movement or the lack thereof. On its closing track, he sings: 'I could move to the woods and never go online/ Or I could stay in New York and never have the time/ Or I could find some way to balance everything that’s on my mind.'" - Stereogum