Anxious Houseguest, the stage name of Kris Savitski, is a solo music project based out of Portland, OR. Originally growing up on the east coast, Kris’s foundation in music began with classical piano, later forming the noise rock band Predella with some local friends in college. Soon after moving to Portland for a fresh start, he began working with midi keyboards, software synths, samples, and looping software to develop a solo project.
In anticipation a full album release in May this year, Anxious Houseguest, has released the single. As soon as the opening notes of the track kick in, there’s something strangely comforting about Anxious Houseguest’s post-punk sensibilities and Kris Savitski’s melancholy yet energetic voice. I would describe this rock as mesmerizing with a deep penetrating beat, a haunting ringing guitar, and lyrics that seem to weave the two together to make one of the most unique sounds in the music scene currently.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you’ll be around for the appearance of another truly great artist that transcends the ordinary of pop music by delivering the raw emotions few others can, take a listen to “The Woods of This House”. It introduces the listener to the atmosphere being painted by Anxious Houseguest, with blurry guitars, layered synths and distant melodic vocals, while driving bass and punchy drumming keep your heart pounding.
At their most capturing Anxious Houseguest are best at their darkest. And dark they are mostly throughout, as they narrate a harrowing story which is paradoxically not rare for the every-man. Obviously Kris Savitski is not rediscovering the moon but let’s be fair here. There’s a reason why the rock scene is stagnant these days and that reason is that it has become damn hard to sound original any more, if not impossible. On that term, this track is one of truly wonderful quality.
Every song tells a story, and when I’m told a story, I want it to be as intoxicating and as atmospheric as “The Woods of This House” is. The song is an earnest yet compelling work that doesn’t just attack you as a sonic force but as an intellectual one, that hits you both lyrically and musically at the same time. As time passes it is likely that this track will only appear more unique, especially compared to the majority of music right now.