Monday, August 27, 2012

EIC's 10Q's w/ Sobrenadar

"..put you in a spell, a magical and engaging awesome spell..."

Charm Paradise Pop

Sobrenadar Bio:
Paula Garcia is a Dream Pop artist playing under moniker Sobrenadar. She is currently based in Argentina.

 Hello, how are you?
Hi, I'm fine thank you ...

What are you currently listening to?
I'm listening (very often) to Grouper, Ricky Eat Acid, as well as the latest releases from Air and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Do you feel the word 'Sobrenadar' is a direct reflection of the music you do?
I don't remember exactly the moment when I decided that the name of the project was going be that, but what I do remember is that suddenly it all made sense, the songs where gradually mutating into something that sounds very Ambient and Dreamy so Sobrenadar fit perfectly.

Care to tell us a little bit about this project, when/how it started etc.?
I started to study music production back in 2008, while in school I met a friend that introduced me to a few different recording programs. I then started to record just instrumental songs (at first), then I was encouraged to write some short lyrics, I realized that I had something and to keep on growing/evolving with it. Since then it's been hard to get out of my room..

Have a personal favorite track?
I think that could be "Sommeil Paradoxal" or "Morus".

Have you considered touring with this project?
Right now I'm recording songs that are going to go towards the next LP, after that I really hope I can go out and play it anywhere.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to your music?
It's hard to think about it but maybe something quiet like The Exploding Girl or something very surreal like The Science Of Sleep.

Got any other projects we should know about?
Not yet.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
I would go for 'Bless The Self' by Geotic.

Are you living your dream?
I am so grateful for doing what I love the most and that is the only way to happiness.

Thanx Paula!

Sobrenadar is (currently) HIGHLY underrated, this shouldn't be so, make sure to spread the word when you get a moment...;]

REVIEW: Sobrenadar - 1859

8.25 out of 10

One day while shuffling through Bandcamp's Dream Pop section I came across Sobrenadar, obsession at first listen. Fast forward a couple EPs and we have Sobrenadar's "debut" LP '1859', in-which Paula Garcia continues to weave the most exquisite & beautiful Modern Dream Pop out there. No seriously, check out the rest of Paula's astonishing work.

Armed with a synthesizer, acoustic guitar, as well as lots of pedals/various distortions, a few serene samples as well as gorgeous piano melodies/twinkles, and of course Ms. Garcia's haunting voice. '1859' is so perfect and warm. From beginning to end all this album can do for you is put you in a spell, a magical and engaging awesome spell. I can only imagine it being a small matter of time before more and more people discover Sobrenadar, this is what music lovers with good taste and a good ear live for;]

If Hooverphonic mated with Slowdive and attempted "Chill Wave"/Modern Dream Pop, it might sound similar to this. HIGHly Recommended.

Standout Tracks: Junio, Los Tres Dias, Sirio, Mitad Cósmica I (this one), Blueu (..and this one too!), El Niño de Marte (sound like Cocteau Twins a bit..)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

EverythingIsChemical Virtual 7" No. 24 - Soul Glimpse

"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."  ~Captain J. A. Hadfield

Next release comes out September 9th.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cool Video Funtime #335 - Keep It Close

EIC's 10Q's w/ Kid Smpl

"..perfectly pasted bits of city life after dark.."

Kid Smpl
Midnight Metropolitan Mannerisms

Kid Smpl Bio:
 Kid Smpl is the current alias of 22-year-old Seattle producer Joey Butler. A veteran of stage and studio, Butler has been busy developing a style of atmospheric bass music that continues to deepen with each release. His signature sound incorporates lush synths, meditative low-end, muffled vocals samples, and warm textural field recordings, punctuated by drums that straddle every end of the tempo spectrum. The sounds are spread across a canvas made wide with breathing room. Briefly put, it evokes the introspection of a far-flung space colony’s forest terrarium, late into the evening, alone or with close company. After a string of successful releases showcasing this style, Butler is gearing up for his first full-length, to be released on the newly-conceived Hush Hush music label. The album promises to provide a fully realized picture of Butler as a producer, articulating the hazy future vision he has been praised for on numerous EPs, tracks, and remixes released to date.

Hello, how are you?
Yo! I'm good. On a plane at the moment.

What are you currently listening to?
A slowed version of Burial's "NYC".

What's with the name, is there a story behind it?
I wish there was but it's nothing that interesting really haha. Just thought it sounded cool.

LOVE your debut EP, care to tell us a little bit about it; theme, recording process, likes/dislikes, etc.?
Thanks! The EP is based upon basically the general themes of my music. I like to focus on space a lot and hope to explore it through themes like the night, space (like outerspace and nerdy sci-fi stuff), solitude, separation, isolation, loneliness, etc.  The music was all made on my laptop and written over a few months. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Will you be touring for said release?
There won't be a tour for the EP. There has been some talk about a tour following the upcoming LP though, but nothing is confirmed at the moment.

In a dream world whom would you like to tour with the most?
Wu-Tang, Burial, and Drake.

Got any other projects we should know about?
 There's a remix EP of the "Escape Pod" EP called "Dope Pac SE" coming out next month. Then a full length album in the fall. There might be some fun bonus stuff along with the album as well.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to your music?

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Burial's 'Untrue'

Are you living your dream?
 Getting there :)

Thanx Matthew and Joey!

Kid Smpl is about to release his follow up to 'Escape Pod', look for that soon...

REVIEW: Kid Smpl - Escape Pod

8.5 out of 10

When speaking to Kid Smpl I found out he really likes Burial. After knowing that and going back to his music (again and again/time after time) I realized just how apparent that influence was (to see these guys tour together would be surreal). Still though, Kid Smpl's music is completely unique to him, the atmospheres of his songs are perfectly pasted bits of city life after dark that should probably suite any late night commuter with a perfectly snug pair of headphones on his way home..

On ''Escape Pod' we see Mr. Smpl really honing in on his ability to capture urban landscapes. Mostly low-end vocals (distorted of course), mixed with sparse "Dub Step-esque" drum beats (more micro though), heavenly thick synth sounds (blanketed in a bath of modern "warmth"), and white noise urban sampling. Gorgeous and minimalistic tones coming off as extremely layered and intricate soundscapes. Listening to this album is like playing your memory back after a long night of bar hoping and taxi riding. It's a little fuzzy, a little warm, and extremely hazey. It's also..

Smpl-y irresistible;]

Standout Tracks: All very good, but if I HAD TO be choosey; Pulse

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Check into (x2) Mustapha Mond and Overunda..


Mustapha Mond remind me of The Xx (perhaps one of their tracks will give you a reason to think that as well;) meets Witch House Ambientronica. The progression from 'Graves' to 'Paradiso' (see above) is astounding, I only see this project headed in the right direction with their sound. Overunda is a bit of eccentric Bizarro Dark Pop for a Post Modern world..once again I only see this project getting better and better..

Cool Video Funtime #334 - Kingdom

Monday, August 20, 2012

EIC's 10Q's w/ Die Jungen

"..Golden Era of Wall Of Noise Pop meets Surf Rock.."

Die Jungen
Timeworn Spindrifter

Die Jungen Bio:
“Stuck somewhere in the past, Die Jungen plays nightly as the radio stations come to a close. One last record, one last good bye before the night ends.” (unholyrhythms) <--The only Bio I could find.. Die Jungen is a solo side project of Klaus Von Barrel of The KVB. Check out his work HERE.

Hello, how are you?
I am very well, thank you.

What are you currently listening to?
Lots and lots of stuff. However, the last couple of days I've been listening to Death In June's 'Operation Hummingbird' mini LP and to a band called The Vivids from L.A.

Care to shed some light on the band name?
Its German and means 'The Young' in English - I decided the call this project it, as I had been to Berlin shortly before recording the first tracks and then I needed a name quickly; 'Die Jungen' just came to me, so I went with it.

LOVE your debut LP, care to tell us a little bit about it; theme, recording process, likes/dislikes, etc.?
Thanks. The 12 tracks were recorded at different stages throughout 2011, the first tracks were recorded in February and the last by September and various points in between - the recording process for the tracks was pretty simple though. Once I found the loops I wanted to use, I manipulated the speed/pitch etc. and began trying to add different parts. I think there are lots of themes in the album; love, loss, hope, nostalgia, drugs, friendship, life!

Will you be touring to support said release ?
I have been playing occasional shows in support of the release - no actual tour yet, but we'll see what happens. I do have some shows lined up for the near future though, so keep an eye out for them!

Did your parents introduce you to the music you pay homage to? Is Phil Spector your hero?
Yeah, it was them who introduced me to lots of artists from that era. I wouldn't say Phil Spector is my 'hero' but I love the music he produced.

What movie would work best on mute while listening to your music?
I'm not sure, I haven't tried watching a full length film to my music. I used a french film called 'Les Mistons' for the music video to the track "I've Been Glad" and I think that worked quite well.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
'Forever Changes' by Love

Are you living your dream?
Hmm my dream's are always changing, so maybe not quite yet!

Thanx Klaus!

Die Jungen recently released the b-sides companion to (the excellent) 'At Breath's End', which you can find HERE...

REVIEW: Die Jungen - At Breath's End

9 out of 10

I can't remember when (at least months ago) /where (probably online;) I came across Die Jungen, but I am definitely happy/glad I did. Like all of you I go through "phases of music-listenings/seasonal ear syndrome". Some days it's slow (most), some it's loud (sometimes), and some it's Surf Rock/Dream Pop/Spector influenced Indie Oldies anything in-between really. Guess which mood I was in when I discovered this band, c'mon guess..? Also Die Jungen reminds me of Bradford Cox's earlier/online demo days (just with a lot more Oldies samples), I miss these days sometimes (and it's nice to hear someone else did too). This is not only something I can sleep to, it's something I hope to awake to, everyday.

Die Jungen is actually a new project from Klaus Von Barrel of The KVB. The KVB is Shoegaze/kind-of APTBS-y project, good stuff actually, but I gotta say Die Jungen is my favorite of his sounds (I only hope he carries on with it). The formula you ask? Guitar + keyboard (something lo-fi sounding) + drum sampler (maybe a few live drums?)/ an 8 track (possibly 4?) + samples from the Golden Era of Wall Of Noise Pop meets Surf Rock. I love Oldies, SELECT Oldies though, somehow Klaus surfed straight into my brain and pulled those out and placed them on this record. Such a simple sampling process, yet so effective, love-love-love this. Innovation through simplicity and a good ear for music that out-lives/transcends generational borders; 'At Breath's End' really should have something for everyone in need of a break/mellowing out.

The only thing that could make this album better is if I lived by a beach and could truly soak it in in the environment it deserves.. Either way, I still haven't listened to any album this year as I much as I have with this one. OH! Also, Die Jungen just released a B-Sides companion for this album which is pretty terrific as well..!

Standout Tracks: ALL. esp-ecially; I've Been Glad, When I Awake (yum.), Discretely, The Sun Is Coming Up, In The End

Sunday, August 19, 2012

EICV7" No. 24 - Soul Glimpse ..coming soon!

EverythingIsChemical Virtual 7" No. 24 - Soul Glimpse comes out August 26th!

  "If you are doing mindfulness meditation, you are doing it with your ability to attend to the moment."  ~Daniel Goleman

(hopefully you checked out the last v7"?)

[[EIC Mixtape: № 3 - August '12]]

1. Ʌ - Humiliation, Another Dream In Eroticism(<-thanks for sharin' X!;)
2. Arrange - Giant Zero
3. Arca -Balamb Garden
4. S U R F I N G -Your Touch
5. Arrange -Marker Smell
6. Biblo -Crazy Eyes
7. Borealis -Morningcell, Still
8. Miniature Tigers -Midnight With The Stars & You (Ray Noble)
9. Courtship - My Friends
10. Shy Kids - Teachers
11. Treasure Hunt -Slappy
12. The-Drum -/Gon
FIND IT HERE.          
Feel free to pass this along to as many people as you'd like;]
PS I chose not to include the individual track players this time because it bogs down the site to a slow crawl..