The song Dream Sequence is from their upcoming LP Departures Vol. 1, out as of March 17th on Polar Seas Recording. The video was directed by Kiarash Sadigh and shows a blindfolded quartet playing in the forest with a light approaching. The core concept being musicians playing very aggressively in juxtaposition to the very slowly evolving ambience of the piece.
"once they sense the light they begin questioning their own actions...they stop and remove the blindfold looking directly at the source of light....what that light is and what it represents is for the viewer to find out, but the takeaway is to be open minded for breaking habits and traditions if and when a brighter truth presents itself"
Scott Lord and Paul McCorkle are the main forces behind the San Francisco based band, Distant Mountains. They’ve been playing together in various projects and capacities in the Bay Area for 4 years. Distant Mountains was a project started after the break up of their previous band to make the type of music they’ve always wanted to make; sonically adventurous and outside of easy to peg genres. While the typical Distant Mountains song is dreamed up and recorded in a small room crowded with drum machines, synthesizers and guitars, the goal of “A Small Few” was to capture a live band sound and feel. All songs were live tracked with minimal overdubs added after. The EP was tracked and mixed at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and Oakland. Appearing on the record are also Jason Slota on drums (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) and Rob Shelton (Meernaa) engineering the record and also adding synthesizer. The record was produced by Distant Mountains and Rob Shelton.
We often project onto people the qualities we think we perceive in them and that’s what ‘Melle' is meant to be — an embodiment of some of the projections Benjamin had. The track itself serves up a heady mix of sounds that nod to the bizarre and futuristic worlds of anime, and is predominantly inspired by classic jazz; think smooth, sleek piano melodies, subtle, fuzzy bass tones and hazy vocal sampling, all off-set by crunchy percussive textures and off-kilter rhythms.
Astro Tan is a three-piece out of Portland, Oregon, who hail from opposing corners of the continent; they call rural Pennsylvania, urban Seattle, and remote Alaska their homes, respectively. Perhaps their trans-continental allows for what is a genre-bending songbook that places foot in no strict stylistic camp. Primary songwriting responsibilities oscillate between Charles Tern and Sam Wegman (bass and guitars) and an exacting drummer in Jed Overly (also a songwriter). Astro Tan is freshly attune to their creative ambitions, ostensibly due to a mélange of classic and contemporary influences. 'Soma', the freshman effort from the group, demonstrated a keen affinity for lush R&B, soft-jazz and psychedelia. Their latest, just-released album, 'Canary', brings this to the next level with moody orchestral additions.
“Heart 2 Heart” is a song about feeling like you can be extra reckless when you’re far from home. But instead of the negative consequences usually expected from being careless, you end up returning home with life affirming experiences and a life changing new relationship.
On Saturday, May 20, multi-instrumentalist and lauded bass player Erik Kramer released his debut studio endeavor, an EP entitled ‘Missed the Boat.’ The Brooklyn-based musician has an especially eclectic sound, one that employs the talent of a slew of musicians: saxophone, trombone, viola, trumpet, back-up vocalists - they’re all there. An experimental record through and through, ‘Missed the Boat’ is an indie record quite unlike anything else that’s come across my desk in recent months.