Sucker Crush is a project about heartbreak, self reclamation, anti-capitalist yearning, and sometimes small sweet things like plants and pets and video games.
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SUCKER CRUSH Releases
Single, released August 21, 2020
This song is about telling my brain-demons to heck off so I can focus. You can use it to banish your brain-demons too.
voice, guitar, keyboard: Marissa Deitz
drums, synth, acoustic piano: Ryan Von Gonten
Recorded by Marissa & Ryan in our respective houses in Oakland, CA.
Cover photo by Fred Velez.
Middle Mattress Chasm
EP, released August 25, 2018
ESR is proud to present the debut studio offering from Sucker Crush, the solo songwriting project of Oakland-based musician/composer Marissa Deitz. "Middle Mattress Chasm" is a concise reflection on loss and the deadweight of intimacy, as Deitz processes the end of her marriage and creative partnership. She refracts the pain of loss into warm textures, delicate artifacts, and moments of self reclamation that levitate in this short and graceful handful of songs.
Marissa Deitz - voice, guitar, cello, keys
Nate Wheeler - percussion, keys
Mateo Lugo - voice, guitar
Adam Hirsch - voice, clarinet, keys
Joy Cyr - voice, percussion
Songs by Marissa Deitz
Recorded by Adam Hirsch
at Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, CA
Mastered by Geoff Saba
at Itinerant Home Recordings
Cover design by Nika Aila States.
Single, released May 27, 2016
This song is about nonmonogamy - both the fear and the joy it brings.
Marissa Deitz - guitar, voice, cello
Marco Gallerin - drums
Recorded by Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall
at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, CA and in a bedroom in Martinez, CA.
Adam Hirsch - voice, clarinet, guitar
Marissa Deitz - voice, cello, guitar
Named for the wind-battered spruces on the shores of Newfoundland, Tuckamore makes songs that are about or inspired by trees. Ecstatic and understated, direct and oblique, Tuckamore's tunes crawl inside the cracks in the bark and shout at the wind, wondering if the sounds might stick and get blown out to sea.
I fell down naked a cold river caught me
EP released November 17, 2017
"I fell down naked" is the Oakland-based duo's first collection of recordings, ranging from drone-cradled expanses to simply-hewn song forms.
Marissa Deitz - vx, guitar, cello, keys
Adam Hirsch - vx, guitar, clarinet, synth
Recorded and produced by Adam & Marissa
at Tiny Telephone Recording in SF/Oakland, CA and Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, NY
with help from Joy Cyr
Cover photo by Adam.
Single released April 14, 2015
The Vale’s new single “In Motion” finds them embracing the warmth and radiance of their new home in California. Introducing shimmering electric guitars, a galloping rhythm section, and bright, energetic vocal harmonies to their sound, the track puts the influences of Mac DeMarco, George Harrison, Animal Collective, and The Hollies on full display. Significantly more expansive and up tempo than their previous efforts, “In Motion” represents a marked shift away from the sparse, muted approach on their 2014 album From Another Room.
All performances by The Vale (Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall)
Words and music for "In Motion" by Chace Wall
Words and music for "Tiniest Lights" by Angel Olsen, arr. by The Vale
Recorded by The Vale at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music in Oakland, CA. Mastered by Daniel Ryan at Minbal Studios in Chicago, IL.
Artwork by Marissa Deitz.
Chace Wall - voice, guitar, production
Marissa Deitz - voice, cello, guitar, baritone ukulele
The Vale is an avant-pop duo formed in May 2013 by multi-instrumentalists Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall. Their confessional songwriting, intricate arrangements, and washed out, lo-fi recordings have garnered comparisons to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Grizzly Bear, Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, and White Fence.
From Another Room
Album released February 18, 2014
Recorded on a bedroom four-track partially in the hazy heat of summer and completed in the midst of a blizzard, From Another Room is a collection of carefully constructed and confessional tracks that document The Vale's beginnings as both artistic and romantic partners. Withdrawn whispers blanketed in washes of delay, detuned utterances offered without hope, adulterine desires obscured by the oppressive and constant presence of tape hiss - the album is enigmatically defined by both its confessional immediacy and sonic obscurity, and extended to you on the same medium which brought it into existence.
Chace Wall - voice, guitar, banjo, organ
Marissa Deitz - vocals, baritone ukulele, cello
All songs written by Chace Wall and Marissa Deitz
Engineered by Chace Wall
Mastered by Doug Malone at Minbal Studios in Chicago, IL
Art by Anna Schachinger.