2017-09-30 04:58:59 UTC
Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller embrace their Pacific Northwest roots and DIY mentality. Their diverse taste provides listeners with a melting pot of rock, math, jamming and jazz. With a passion for live performance, Spiller encapsulates the spontaneous nature of improvisation while combining it with an indie-rock flare. With their latest double EP, Reuben and Coldcut, Spiller has taken their sound to the next level, both lyrically and musically.
Spiller is proud to be part of a the Eugene, Oregon community, with the music and community coming ahead of glitz and glam. They produce no-frills, wholly memorable music that is well worth checking out.
"The songs from Reuben and Cold Cut are some that we’ve been playing live for almost a year now," bassist Aidan D’Angelo explains. "Because the songs were born in a live setting, we thought it was important to capture that same feeling of improvisation and spontaneity in the recording process. To do so, our drummer/engineer (Justin) set us up over at the music school and, using borrowed gear and whatever else he could find, made a great studio for us to record these songs. We spent the full day running through the tracks and what you hear on this double EP is the result of that day's work."
"Fall of last year I got around to watching 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' the documentary on Nina Simone," explains singer/guitarist Sam Mendoza. "It was incredibly inspiring just seeing how fearlessly she used her craft as a medium for protest and empowerment. This was around post-election time, where most of my friends and family were in a state of disarray and uncertainty. That frustration combined with having watched the film left me feeling restless."
"I was (and still am) concerned about our new administration essentially giving up on the planet, specifically the possibility of seeing the EPA and natural spaces going to dust. The lyrics came right out and almost immediately messed with a guitar sketch recorded via iPhone a few months prior. Per Spiller tradition, we decided to throw a jam/improvisational section in the middle of the song. It kind of serves as a strange preface to the heavy breakdown, which really conveys the big scary feelings. I like how the song takes many different directions; it could be jumbled, but we worked on the transitions to tie it all together."
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
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