+ Bonus Video;) ..because a lil more CAG couldn't hurt you..
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8.25 out of 10
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.gif (pronounced 'dot jif') are an up and coming duo (Chew Wei Shan & Nurudin Sadali) based out of Singapore. Their sound is reminiscent of "yesterdays Trip Hop" meets a few of "today's" modern sounds.
'Saudade' (a deep emotional state of nostalgic or deeply melancholic longing for an absent something or someone) is the duo's first official release. Coming out out during the tail-end of 2013 (and for free!) via .gif's bandcamp, there is something almost tragic about how possibly overlooked this album may be. The vocals are smokey-seductive, sometimes reminiscent of CocoRosie's and/or Natalie Beridze, the music is a meshing of pitch-perfect weird/organic samples + soothing beats and exotic undertones. From what I understand this project is more of a side deal than it is a main focus for the artists involved, but apparently there is also a full length on the way, so we've at least got that to look forward to as well.
My only hope is that this duo doesn't disappear into obscurity like a lot of fellow bandcampers do. There is something really special about this release that should appeal to the masses (IMO). Highly Recommended.
Standout Tracks: All..especially; Good Night, Green Light, 11:59
"..reminiscent of "yesterdays Trip Hop" meets a few of "today's" modern sounds.."
Pronounced |dot jif|, .gif is an Electronic duo comprising of Weish and Din. Being frequently occupied with other musical projects, they treat .gif as a space of freedom, respite, and honesty. They strive to make music that is intensely personal, and hopefully, meaningful. More HERE.
Hello, how are you?
We're doing great! A lot of work, but also a lot of play. Life is good.
What are you currently listening to?
We're quite different, so we're going to take this question one by one. Weish is currently obsessed with Hiatus Kaiyote. Din's playlist right now is full of Boards of Canada and Trentemøller.
What's the story behind the band name?
Well, a gif (graphics interchange format) is essentially a loop of an image or moment, and our music is generally structured around loops. In terms of theme, our lyrics also very much involve recurring images or memory, too.
When did this project officially start and was there a specific sound you were going for when you began writing for it?
We can't recall exactly, to be honest! Sometime in late 2012? There definitely wasn't any sound we were going for, we were just playing around and just kind of started writing and playing shows all of a sudden. HAHA!
Love your first EP, any word on the next release?
Weish: Gee, thanks!
Din: We're aiming to release a full-length album hopefully sometime in the middle of this year. With an emphasis on "hopefully". Heh.
Got any other projects we should know about?
Din: Weish has her own solo act, she just opened for Tegan and Sara when they came to Singapore last year, and played at the F1 Grand Prix. And she also plays in an experimental/progressive band named Sub:Shaman.
Weish: Din is a great DJ, but is too lazy to DJ nowadays and mostly helps the rest of us out a lot with production, sound, and tech when we play live.
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?
Din: 'The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me' by Brand New
Weish: 'An Awesome Wave' by Alt-J
Are you living your dream?
Not yet. ;)
Thanx Din and Weish!
.gif recently released their debut EP, get that (for F-R-E-E) right H-E-R-E...
Sunday, March 9, 2014
EverythingIsChemical Virtual 7" No. 65 - Soft Riot comes out March 13th!
"We're electrical items.. When we die our energy goes into the galaxy. " ~Dominic Monaghan
(hopefully you checked out the last v7"?)