Ultimi due giorni di concerti del Beaches Brew 2017, il festival di musica internazionale che si svolge a Marina di Ravenna, sul palco dell’Hana-Bi.
Il programma di mercoledì 7 giugno 2017
Decibelles is a three-piece indie rock band from Lyon, France. Influenced by post punk, new wave, noise rock and power pop, singer and guitarist Sabrina Duval, singer and drummer Fanny Bouland, and bassist Julia Kat formed the band in 2004 when they were in high school.
If a Turkish disco diva, a Nigerian record producer, and a Brazilian cabaret dancer all got together circa 1976, DJ Fitz would be providing the soundtrack. A unique blend of rare record aficionado and major party animal, Fitz captivates by spinning your favorite jams that you didn’t even know existed.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith‘s formative years were spent communing with nature on Orcas Island in the northwest region of Washington state, a place she describes as “one of the most magical and peaceful places I have ever been.” Though she wouldn’t begin experimenting with modular synthesis until many years later, her creative work continues to be infused with and inspired by the vitality and serenity of Orcas. Smith left the island to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied composition and sound engineering, initially focusing on her voice as her primary instrument, before switching to classical guitar and piano. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbor who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer, had a profound effect on her. Mesmerized by the Buchla’s potential, she explains “I got so distracted and enamored with the process of making sounds with it that I abandoned the next Ever Isles album.” Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she soon began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound.
Mood is Daniele Maini (drums) and Francesco Molinari (guitar): an instrumental duo born in 2010. The self-titled debut album was released in 2015 for Upupa Produzioni / Fooltribe and thanks to their first studio work, beside their attitude in live shows with no stage and no PA, the duo plays almost everywhere in Italy alongside bands like Zeus !, Calibro 35, Bachi da Pietra, Delta Sleep, Three Second Kiss and many more. Their motto was and still is: “no stage, best stage.” By their strong connection with the audience, Mood convey power and emotion, solidity and concreteness with their music. This way the band expresses its simple and direct language marked by an impressive physicality and effectiveness.
When the four members of Preoccupations wrote and recorded their new record, they were in a state of near total instability. Years-long relationships ended; they left homes behind. Frontman Matt Flegel, guitarist Danny Christiansen, multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro and drummer Mike Wallace all moved to different cities. They resolved to change their band name, but hadn’t settled on a new one. And their road-tested, honed approach to songwriting was basically thrown out the window. This time, they walked into the studio with the gas gauge near empty, buoyed by one another while the rest of their lives were virtually unrecognizable and rootless. There was no central theme or idea to guide the band’s collective cliff jump. As a result, ‘Preoccupations’ bears the visceral, personal sound of holding onto some steadiness in the midst of changing everything.
While there is no specific coordination between Shellac‘s record releases and touring schedules, you can expect the band to tour at its usual sporadic and relaxed pace. Shellac will have a new LP anytime between now and the future.
Though Natalie Mering, who performs and records as Weyes Blood, chose to distort her project’s name (giving “Wise” an appropriately outré, olde feel) with a nod to the ocular (w’eyes), her entire output thus far has been an exercise in exploring the atemporal. She is a musician, a singer, after all, but the particular process of Weyes Blood’s development, and Mering’s experimentation with everything from early 2000s local-noise-scene strangeness to her present mastery of timeless balladry, highlight her as an meticulous sonic alchemist.
Il programma di giovedì 8 giugno 2017
Blue Crime’s stars have a gloomy shine, inspired by myths and dreams and parallel universes. Earth felt too low; space is the place. They started out as a glowworm in a dark atom shelter, and emerged as eerie moonpop, growing grittier in time. Call it moonpsych, noisefolk, call it earthquakes with guitars and vocal eclipses. Or just feel it, and call it nothing at all.
Born at the beginning of 2016, GOMMA is a gum-wave project created by Matteo, Ilaria, Giovanni and Paolo. They come from Caserta, and they have several uses, just like gum.
This is the traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of Ghana, brought with the energy and flavor of the 21st century. King Ayisoba, who sings in Frafra, Twi, and English, has helped kick off a whole new scene after introducing the super catchy kologo beats to large audiences in Ghana, and abroad.
Matteo Vallicelli is an Italian drummer and composer, best known as the live drummer of The Soft Moon, Death Index, and as a founding member of many renowned Italian punk bands. This winter he debuts his first solo project, Primo, on Captured Tracks. In 2013, Vallicelli relocated from the ancient neighborhood of Trastevere in Rome to the ever-changing Kreuzberg district in Berlin. This dramatic uprooting acted as a catalyst, inspiring him to try and make music on his own. Heavily influenced by the pulsating techno scene of the German capital, Vallicelli began experimenting with synthesizers and drum machines. Recording sounds onto his computer and cassette tapes led him to create a massive collection of loops and samples, sometimes in protracted home sessions where he wouldn’t leave his apartment for days. For Vallicelli, the transition from playing drums in punk bands to sitting alone in his home studio, working on minimalistic electronic compositions, has dramatically shifted his music career. He says, “Being in charge of everything can be disorienting. Having no other band members to work or fight with… I would end up with hours and hours of music that I was never content with, having the possibility to endlessly edit all the parts on my computer. It took me almost three years to learn how to limit myself, to finish up a project and move on to something else. But as soon as I mastered that, I was able to assemble my first album in something like four weeks.” Songs like “Michelangelo” and “Frammenti” were born as techno tracks but, through subtraction, became something different and more representative of the introspective state in which they were created. These two tracks opened up a path for the rest of the music on the Primo, in which most of the songs ironically have no traces of drums or percussive elements, marking a new, liberating way for Vallicelli to make music. The result of three years of experimentation, Primo is ultimately an exercise in self-limitation and discovery. Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word ‘occult’ is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult Architecture of Moon Duo’s fourth album – a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes to be released in 2017 – is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang.
In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic Vol. 1, embraces and embodies Moon Duo’s darker qualities – released appropriately on February 3rd, in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Yang means “the bright side of the hill” and is associated with the male, sun, light and the spirit of heaven and as such Vol. 2 explores the light and airy elements of Moon Duo’s complex psyche, and will be released in the spring as the darkness of winter is replaced by the appearance of new life.
The Oh Sees
The Oh Sees are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, and guitarist John Dwyer’s ever-evolving pop-folk psychedelic group. Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late ’90s, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS (which is an acronym for Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound, or whatever Dwyer decided it was on any given day) initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio.
Il video di copertina è Banjingo, Mood, Out Loud 2017.