Aug. 6, 2014 by Wesleyan Alumni Community
Musical partners in crime Dave Ruder ’05 and Aliza Simons ’09 team up again as Why Lie? in their second album “Osoitos” which is “thoughtful, catchy and complex” and explores “new textures in indie pop songs—infectious low brass riffs, churning strings, and rich vocal harmonies…that build sonorous, jagged melodies.” Through their second album, Dave and Aliza develop their work in the acclaimed performance collective Varispeed and experiment with song form.
Why Lie? live on the boundary between song, sound, and story. Aliza Simons (vocals, euphonium, synth) and Dave Ruder (vocals, guitar, clarinet) first came together in 2010 to play two chord songs and tell haunting stories over vamps. From their initial, sparser live sound, often focusing on horns and voices alone, Why Lie? has expanded to as many as eight players in an expansive chamber pop setting and features some of NYC’s finest experimental musicians.
They’ve made two albums, Osoitos (2014) and The Cities Who Walk (2011), both of which were release by Gold Bolus Recordings, and both of which you can listen to below & download here.
Image: c/o Dave Ruder and Aliza Simons, by Lynn Levy
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- Gold Bolus Recording: Osoitos
- Varispeed Collective
- Dave Ruder on SoundCloud
- Aliza Simons on SoundCloud
- Dave Ruder on Youtube
- Aliza Simons on Youtube
- Aliza Simons on LinkedIn