The sound of Sightline Heights illustrates a corresponding visual: the clarity of an unobstructed view from a point of elevation. Seeing things more clearly in order to gain a new perspective on the world. Marc Eimer, the singer/songwriter behind this new Philadelphia-based alternative rock project, holds a mirror to his life on the debut Sightline Heights EP, released June 8, 2018. “I wanted to create something true to myself that captures the essence of how I felt when writing these songs,” he says. “For reflection and growth.”
Recorded and mixed by Steven LaFashia, the tracks that make up the record are orchestrated with Stratocasters, vintage amps, and echoes of 90s-influenced alternative rock. Long-time friends Stephen Lorek and Dylan Mulcahy, formerly of indie rock band Shark Tape, filled in on bass and drums respectively. “Since this solo project is the first time I’m putting myself out there from a vulnerability standpoint, it felt only right to work with people who I was comfortable with and that knew me well,” explains Marc.
Having played in bands during his high school and college days, as well as working part-time in music retail, Marc always found the managerial roles he took on for his music-related endeavors to be rewarding. Upon graduating from college, he was offered a position with a Philadelphia-based record company and recording studio, where he was eventually elevated to Label Manager for a Ryko/Warner Music Group-distributed label.
As General Manager for Range Recording Studios, he provided support to the local music community by offering affordable audio production services and sponsoring World Café Live’s weekly “Philly Rising” event for up-and-coming artists. He managed the band Bojibian and encouraged their evolution into Shark Tape. He also coordinated talent for the annual month-long “Christmas Village in Philadelphia” event, overseeing 125 performance slots, as well as setting up a benefit concert series with proceeds going to various children’s charities in the area.
Having since transitioned careers into the tech realm, Marc subsequently launched his own custom songwriting side-business to continue working with artists in his spare time. This in turn led him back to writing songs for himself. “For the sake of art and self-expression,” he notes.
Across all of these endeavors, Marc has advocated on behalf of independent artists. Now, he is one. And at this crossroads, through these songs, what he communicates most vividly is a sound tuned to his own truth, a quest for a view from Sightline Heights.