LISTEN: On “Second Guess,” Tasks Creates Contagious MTV Era Art Rock

Tasks is the artistic solo pursuit of Matthew Stolarz, a Los Angeles native with a history in music, video and graphic design spaces. Having fronted indie/alt band The Active Set for over a decade, Stolarz needed to stretch his legs and finesse a growing backlog of songs that were “not right for the band”, but also explore the greater realm of visual and performance art. A songwriter at his core, Stolarz started Tasks as a vehicle for art in general, to solicit attention from ears AND eyes, crafting things that are both catchy and layered, fun and fucked up.

“Second Guess,” the recently released indie rock head bobber from Tasks, is a classic art-school drop-out meets pop charts mash-up that conjures the young, slightly unsanitized MTV of the mid-80s. A slick but not over-the-top production maintains just the right amount of grit while the instantly engaging and catchy bassline keeps the conveyor belt of hooks rolling along. 

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