The year of the debut continues my friends! This time, in the form of ‘Don’t Tell Me’, courtesy of New York-based indie-rocker and multi-instrumentalist Haiden Gerstner, who performs under the moniker of Postcard. Written, recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered all by Gerstner himself, ‘Don’t Tell Me’ has a definite surfer-rock vibe to it, expertly intertwined with classic indie-rock elements. A song about being far away from somebody who doesn’t seem to care, the tune beautifully juxtaposes themes of loneliness with an upbeat and energetic soundscape.
Though this is his first release as an artist, Gerstner is certainly no newcomer to the music scene. He’s worked alongside Grammy-winning producer Kevin “Capi” Carbo and has even produced for the world-renowned rapper Thekidszn. As far as debut releases go, ‘Don’t Tell Me’ is truly right up there, and we at Indie Top 39 look forward to hearing what Postcard has to offer up next!
A superb debut release, ‘Don’t Tell Me’ showcases a fresh sound from a seriously gifted artist! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
‘Don’t Tell Me’ was the first song that I ever released so I get excited whenever I play it.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
This was song was so fun to write. I was just playing around with my guitar and I came up with that progression and I knew I had to turn it into a full song that day.
It actually started out as a slow song but then I played it faster just to see how it sounded and I loved it so I went in that direction instead. After that, I just played a classic high-energy beat on the drums and then added a bouncy bass line. For the solo, I just took a few different takes of improv until I got one I really liked. The melody was the hardest part and I came up with it by just humming along over the instrumental.
What inspired you to share the song with the world?
I decided to drop this track specifically because I just thought it encompassed the sound I want the most. Once I finished it I knew I wanted this to be my first track.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months with your music?
In the course of the next year, I want to be constantly playing live shows and have built up a bigger following.
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