Peter Litvin’s It’s All Ending: Apocalyptic Suede
Peter Litvin is not a normal person. His new offering It’s All Ending captures the artist at the height of his creative prowess—vocally, musically and lyrically—while at the same time exposes the crevices and crags in his psyche where his particular brand of idiosyncrasy dwells.
It’s All Ending incorporates great songwriting. References to classic art history, 1980’s pop culture, rap, and more examine the nuances of being a human and striving for relationship. But the work also, thematically, addresses the endings of these same things. Peter intuits that we, as a species, do not know how to say goodbye. In a way, this album seeks to, and succeeds in, answering that singular question.
The explorations all come vibrantly alive with Litvin’s exquisite and erudite pop-rock sensibilities. His sounds make you feel like you’re on a Ferris wheel at an amusement park.
Present too in the music are dramatic unexpected changes that take you somewhere you’d never expect. These are not your standard pop-rock 5-4-1 progressions. And, just as Litvin has brought something truly new to an old game tonally, lyrically he’s just as adept at musing metaphysical—pressing together sing-songish delights with huge depressive downturns.
You get the impression that each note, each rhythm, each chord, and each word was well thought out on this album. A chess game played over and over in Litvin’s mind. Perhaps a not-too-normal mind. Regardless, the work he put in was worth it and the metaphysics—the combining of the profane with the divine—shine like gold on It’s All Ending.