Blonder’s Constantine Anastasakis is Driving and Stretching to Keep Calm

Oh, and he’s releasing a new EP, which you can hear here first.

Most of us are sequestered in our homes, doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. That includes some of our favorite artists, so we’re asking them to tell us about one thing — a book, a movie, a record, whatever — that’s helping them get through this difficult time.

I’m in a town called Oyster Bay, on Long Island. It’s like 30 minutes from the city. I live here alone, so I’m also insanely quarantined here. At first it was a little weird, but I kind of got into it and I appreciate this weird thing where FOMO is not an issue.

 I’m on a news diet, trying to separate the stuff on the news from the marketing of the news. And trying to weed out information from the alarmism — that’s been an interesting thing for me. It’s made me feel way more sane. I also do yoga. I’ve been doing it for years, so I’m into it. It’s the most miraculous stress reliever.

And I’m also going for drives. I have a little car that I wrote about on this new EP, a song called “Brand New Car.” It’s a ’99 Accord that I got from my grandma, but it’s in near factory shape. The roads around here are beautiful and they’re winding and they’re totally unpopulated. That’s one little break in my day. I don’t go on too crazy a drive, maybe 30-45 minutes. I’ll usually go to a beach or get out and walk on the Long Island Sound. I like to see some water, it helps to chill me out. Maybe listen to a little music in the car. To be completely honest, it’s usually my own music I’m working on. I hadn’t listened to this EP that’s coming out in a couple of months, and I just put it on. I listened to two songs off my own record. [Laughs.] 

Besides that, I have a really weird set of listening habits right now. I feel weird about new music in general. There’s a hilarious country music artist from Nashville named Ernest, he has a song called “Locals Only,” which puts me in a good mood. More seriously, I listened to Marilyn Manson’s “The Dope Show” yesterday and it was a lot better than I expected it to be. I had no idea how labored over those songs are. They’re really beautiful.

Blonder is the project of Constantine Anastasakis and his new release, the Crystal Ball EP, sees him returning to a more pop oriented sound while simultaneously foraying into the psych rock world. The six songs on the Crystal Ball EP deal with themes of sobriety, substance abuse, romantic musings, and a critique on the notion of a “career” in music.