Metavari is the stage name of Indiana-based electronic musician and graphic artist, Nathaniel David Utesch
. Metavari's music is the intersection of nostalgic electronics, ambient soundscapes and off-kilter pop music. As described by Nathaniel, "My dream is that this all plays out like a midnight joyride in one of those semi-functional, Ferrari-look-alike stunt cars from Miami Vice; Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese at the wheel, David Lynch rummaging the glove compartment for matches and Phil Collins bound in the trunk."
Metavari was originally conceived as a post-rock oriented full band, which lasted from 2008-2012. Nathaniel brought the project back to life in 2015, self-releasing his solo debut, 'Moonless', in America and on Friend of Mine Records in Japan. Live shows are accompanied by an incandescent light show, projections, and often the bassist from Metavari's full band iteration, Ty Brinneman.
Since 2008, Metavari have toured extensively in the US; sharing the stage with notable acts such as This Will Destroy You, Maserati, Tortoise, Titus Andronicus, Anamanaguchi, The Appleseed Cast, and Small Black.
Nathaniel is also publisher of the art and fiction zine, Ferocious Quarterly
; and as one half of the Secretly Group art department has designed packaging
for bands such as Suuns, Foxygen, Jens Lekman, Julianna Barwick, and Tim Heidecker.