Zack Freitas has coined a term. You might in fact see it one day as one of his album titles, perhaps of a greatest-hits collection some-where around 2030. Call him an “opti-nihilist.” Sure, it’s an incongruous clash of attitudes about life: high-energy optimism crashing into dark-side nihilism. But that’s the ground you stand on when you’re a 26-year-old aspiring artist, trying to achieve escape velocity from a potential life of addiction while giving personal ambition its due. “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
“You just have to understand the shadows to get there.”
Freitas is at the point in his career where he’s soaking up his influences, and they’re all in evidence in Oblivion—the free-associating fun and raw energy of Pixies, the introspection of Wilco and R.E.M., and the song-writing fearlessness of Elliott Smith.” - Metro News