..Strong female leads, polor opposite styles... Mauracher is a semi-successful "Alt-Indie" act out of Australia. Their latest album "Super Seven" is out now on Fabrique Records. They sort of remind me of Garbage meets The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, only catchier ..and better. How Love, a "random bandcamp find" reminds me of Biblo a tad, mixed with a dash of dragged out ∆Aimon (kinda?). Anyways, I hope you enjoy both as much as I do;]
"..blurs the line between beauty, transcendentalism, future thinking distortions, and Space Gaze Jamming.."
Anogogic Space Frequencies
Vinyl Williams BioInterests:
Egyptian Biogeometry, realms of color, Alejandro Jodorowsky, secret worlds, Golden Dawn, unknown unidentifiable inbetween intangible quantum soups, gold spheres, teal, pop music, tropical wands, Robert Ashley, lunar jungles, instinctual intuitive righteous spontaneity, simultaneity, wonders, dream worlds, energetic fabric, seamless wombs, Phil Spektor on shrooms, Robert Ashley, glam altars, irrational pyramids, Alan Watts, pure paradoxical plains, extreme harmony, hypnotism and true magic.
Hello, how are you?
HIYA, I'm funtastic a'zemeny wooooo!!!!!!!
What are you currently listening to?
KWJAZ - because it's futuristic waiting room music, oddly I seem to enjoy this lately…actually lets be more precise, it's just perfect to listen to whilst responding to interviews. James Ferraro's more ambient albums are tropically psycho. He comes up with unbelievably stimulating album/track titles that seem to set a visual more than a sound world - always on the threshold between hypnotic, boring as fuck, and incredibly Los Angeles-style creepy. "Palm Trees and Wifi" and "Dubai Dream Tone" are two amazing track titles from his newish album "Far Side Virtual." Clear is meditative yet abrasive - paradoxical music is where it's at!
Whats with the band name?
Vinyl was a nickname, first given by a fellow promoter at The Kollective agency in Salt Lake City, UT - I used to design flyers and book local bands. It's actually how I started collaging, doing flyers for touring & local shows around Utah.
When did this project come about? Vinyl Williams with its current members is a little over a year old. Ian Gibbs (current guitarist) had been listening to my music for years and years, ever since my first demos before Vinyl Williams existed. I finally ended up jamming with Ian after running into him and long time friend Nikita Arefkia (current keyboardist) at last year's FYF fest in LA. Just after one rehearsal with Ian I realized he knew every song I had ever written on every instrument... he actually knows how to perform my music better than I do. Evidently he was a perfect foundation to this new reanimation of the band. I met the rhythm section (James Lake and Billy Winger) around the same time at CalArts, after which the band was fully complete. The whole project is about 4 years old. It took until 2010 to find the right turquoise vibes, but from then on I began releasing free albums and making short EPs. Even before then from 2008-2009 Vinyl Williams toured 3 times around the US, we toured every state west of Tennessee. We did it totally independently and were able to break even.
Care to tell us a little bit about 'Lemniscate', themes/personal favorite track(s)? It was my first attempt at a chronological journey where I aimed at transporting listeners. It's not a conceptual album, it's open enough that individuals provide their own unique concepts and associations to the arbitrary themes that occur throughout the album. The lyrics were written fluidly, as poems before they were plugged into songs. This may be the cause of the sporadic-style melodies that occur throughout the album, as a result of syncing melody to pre-made poems. Parallel to stream of conscious writing, the words of separate songs end up linking together non-deliberately, in a pattern that traverses a semblance of worldly things seen by unworldly eyes. I think "Open Your Mind" is my favorite, not sure why. Maybe because of the ambient pad that takes up the second half of the track slowly falls down in pitch over the course of about 3 minutes, until the end where it reaches a half step difference. There are moments where harmonics jump out randomly, like spikes. I like stepping outside of equal temperament tuning, this is the only track on Lemniscate that does so.
Any plans to tour internationally for said release? Early next year is looking likely for a UK/EU tour.This December was a possibility for a show in Paris and a few extra surrounding shows...truthfully I want to spend December driving from Los Angeles 1,000 miles south to the temple of Tacal in Guatamala. It's a hard choice to make between a free European vacation performing dreamy pop music or a spontaneous & equally dangerous Guatemalan expedition into the unknown.
Got any other projects we should know about? Salonislam is a new music portal I've just begun, which will release music from other band members in Vinyl Williams as well as associated partners who also space cruze. Projects include Dream Trees (Ian's band that sounds exactly like the name) Fynndlit (James's noise project) Hidden Music (noisy disco improvisations with several guest musicians) Bijou (Billy's dreamy electronica) Koala Temple (satirical teal pop) and more! Also, I'm planning a video exhibition to open at different locations throughout LA at the same time. A massive show with 10+ video works projected at the same time on the same wall. It will be like a never-ending video jam. I also really want to perform what Sean Patrick Maylone (promoter in S. Korea) talked about while we were in Korea on tour, which would be to have two really greasy gross looking construction cranes arm wrestle to the death. Masculinity!
What movie would work best on mute while listening to your music?
Although Vinyl Williams has been at it for a few years now, 'Lemniscate' is the band's "official (regular line up) debut". Somewhere between bizarre Psych Rock and "Experimental Gaze" Vinyl Williams' sound is something your body needs and your spirit feels.
I could just cut this review short by telling you to pay attention to the cover art.. That seems like the best way to describe this album. But for shoots and googles I'll elaborate a bit more. 'Lemniscate' starts off with a very bizarre intro, "Tokyo -> Sumatra", immediately you will think you're in for something weird, hang in there though the ride is just starting. Once track 2 (the album's first single I believe) "Higher Worlds" comes in you will become instantly hooked. This track sort of reminds me of Primal Scream ..kinda. But much more psychedelic with a stronger sense of bending/manipulating psychedelic space. Seriously track 2, yum. Honestly the tracks just keep getting better and better as you go along, the flow is very balanced between slight toe tapping, and comfy head nodding. 'Lemniscate' is one of those "sounds better as a whole" albums, I can't imagine myself just wanting to listen to just one of these tracks without hearing the rest. It's fair to say Mr. Williams has something unique going on here, you will hear elements/styles you recognize, but not the way it's presented here.
'Lemniscate' blurs the line between beauty, transcendentalism, future thinking distortions, and Space Gaze Jamming. Just check it (you won't regret it).
Standout Tracks: Higher Worlds, Stellar Scope (like your inside a kaleidoscope), Inner Space, Open Your Mind, Harmonious Change (Bonus Track)
From his homebase in northeastern Tennessee, the man behind Slow Head has been making his ethereal electronic melodies long before the Slow Head project. Before he was picked up in 2011 by Texas weirdo label Disaro I had a bootleg tape in about 2003 called ‘Society Of Sensation’ from the now-defunct Canadian label Kandria which was the first time I heard the oddly warped, detuned bells and chimes which would become sort of a hallmark of his later work. And his output is huge; he has also made music under numerous other names including: Sioux Spur, Miners, Deodo, Horrid Veils, and more. ‘One can still find all those old CD’s on the net if they know where to look’ he told me in a recent interview, in which he went on to say, "Slow Head isn't for everyone, it’s a vibe, you know?" Indeed
Hello, how are you?
Coordinated and well prepared.
What are you currently listening to?
Mr. Head decided to skip this one, we'll assume it's something awesome though;]
Whats with the band name?
Two reasons. There is a part in the track "My Neck, My Back" by Khia where she says, “Slow Head show me so much love…” I used to cut up mixes with that. But it also came to symbolize for me this one guy I knew who was…a little not there.
Everywhere I looked last year (and for some weird reason hardly at all this one), people were talking about this upcoming Mayan apocalypse or whatever and I wanted to find out for myself what a lot of it was about. It is a very symbolic album for me. Learning anything I could about Mayan culture at the time was very inspiring. Of course my fave track is "Fire Is The Mouth.."
Any plans to tour for said release?
You never know!
Got any other projects we should know about?
I have been messing around as this tech-house DJ named DJ Oilspill. I have a profile on mixcrate.com. I also just finished an album with Moon Mirror as Image Circle for AmDiscs.(Everyone should get it)
What movie would work best on mute while listening to you music?
Although Slow Head (and his many other monikers) has been at it for a bit now I really didn't come across his music until last year's (super overlooked/underrated) 'Night Glitters' release.
First things first, although the artist is on the label/powerhouse-conveyor of awesome underground Dark/Experimental music; Disaro, Slow Head is NOT Drag, Slow Head is also NOT Witch House. Upon first listening of some his older material you might think this (in a way--and still maybe..idk?), but really his sound (to me) can be best described as "Spooky IDM". On 'Fire Is The Mouth Of The Snake' Mr. Head ventures a little further away from the spooky aspect though and explores head-tripped/hallucinating drugged-out Clubbier vibes instead. To be honest, this release sounds pretty much polar opposite of 'Night Glitters' (which I kinda wish wasn't the case (sometimes--I also love it though), but I'm happy that he's open to new ideas). Take a stripped down Clark album, mix it with a dash of Aphex Twin's earlier Ambient works add a few extra Dark tones and "Fire Is The Mouth Of The Snake" might be your end result. I actually really like the simple/minimal vibe of this release. And based on the differences in tones (from beginning to now) I feel like we've got a few more awesome albums like this (and better) coming to us..(very soon?)
Chill/Dark IDM , what's not to like about that?
Standout Tracks:The Pearl (this reminds me of the "golden era" Warp sounds), Fire Is The Mouth, Plumed Serpent, Jade Tongue, Twelve Macaw (Shisa Remix), Alt. Mode (Slow Head Remix)