terça-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2012

Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside) with Le Recourder Larouge

Quando ouvi pela primeira vez o termo "a banda de um homem só" achei absolutamente fantastico, sinceramente não me recordo quem foi o responsável pelo texto que li, mas a banda eu me lembro perfeitamente, nada mais nada menos do que o grandioso e inimitável Ultra Vivid Scene ou se você preferir Ralske, que na minha opinião foi o percursor do genero Dreampop, há controversias, mas até aí sem problemas, o fato é que a introdução feita aqui serve apenas de ilustrativo para citar que atualmente o termo "a banda de um homem só" virou algo normal, logicamente pela tecnologia absurda que vivenciamos, o que de fato é valioso para talentos que antes jamais atingiriam seus bairros, por este ponto de vista a web é um poderoso veiculo de propagação da boa musica.

E foi atraves da rede que recebi o contato imediato de Rei Soto, soa estranho a você? Entendo, a mim também soou mas, lendo atentamente o conteudo do email e vale ressaltar, com uma tremenda humildade, Rei Soto sugeriu a este que vos escreve ouvir seu projeto DIY intitulado Le Recourder Larouge, e na apresentação de seu banda situou como influências o shoegazer clássico. Obvio que ouvi os dois Eps...aaaah qualidade acima da media, guitarras inspiradissimas e um belissimo cartão de visitas ao mundo do subterraneo dos bons sons.

O som? Shoegazer meus caros, com roupagem atual e altamente assoviavel e trejeitos de indie rock americano dos mais inspiradores, leia-se Dinosaur Jr e Smashing Pumpinks, fase inicial, sim sim, se alguem de gravadoras quiser apostar, sugiro Rei Soto e seu Le Recourder Larouge.

E para melhor ilustrar as ideias e a concepção dos Eps, o TBTCI apresenta Rei Soto soltando um track by track dos dois eps....ah sim ambos gratuitos no bandcamp, link no final do post, aproveitem!!!

Track by Track - Le Recourder Larouge by Rei Soto

"L" EP (released 11/22/11)

1. "Don't Talk To Me That Way" - My main influences musically were My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain. My use of the whammy bar on the guitar during the intro (0:00-0:41) was definitely influenced by My Bloody Valentine and the use of feedback towards the end (4:04-4:26) was influenced by My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain.

Tonally, I just wanted a killer, dense fuzz sound that might ideally be called the "signature Le Recourder Larouge fuzz". But my fuzz tones were definitely influenced by Deadsy, The Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" album, and the self-titled Cold album.

Vocally I was influenced by My Bloody Valentine and Ringo Deathstarr. Specifically the background vocals were influenced by the female vocalists of My Bloody Valentine and Ringo Deathstarr.

Lyrically, the song is about an ex-girlfriend of mine. We had tried to become friends months after our break-up but her attitude towards me had drastically changed. She was doing well for herself at the time and she seemed to think that she could talk to me like I was beneath her, like she forgot I was the one that was there for her when she had no one. I began writing the song minutes after our last argument.

2. "Dream Of You" - My main influence really came from a comment my best friend made once. He had heard some new songs by The Depreciation Guild at the time and described them as sounding like "depressing prom music". That stuck with me and I set out to write what I thought "depressing prom music" might sound like. I wrote the song in 3/4 waltz time because it felt appropriate for "depressing prom music". But I definitely was influenced by The Depreciation Guild and The Smashing Pumpkins when I wrote the song.

Tonally, since the song is made out of 3 verses, I concentrated on making each verse sound a little bit different from each other texturally. But not so different that it took away from the main feeling of the song.

Vocally, I was influenced by My Bloody Valentine and The Depreciation Guild.
Lyrically, the song is about me not being able to accept breaking up with an ex-girlfriend.

Longing for her and hoping that things will be back the way they used to be but knowing deep inside that I am not worthy and that perhaps love isn't even real at all.

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"E" EP (released 02/14/12)

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"Say That You Love Me" - I am not sure what influenced me musically to write this song as a whole but I suspect that some of the effects I used were probably influenced by Finger Eleven. The intro was definitely influenced by The Depreciation Guild and The Raveonettes. And the bridge (3:27-3:39) was probably influenced by The Smashing Pumpkins. I am not sure who influenced some of the bluesy guitar licks during the 2nd verse (2:04-2:33) and although the guitar solo (3:50-4:25) makes heavy use of the whammy bar I am not sure where the influence came from especially since certain aspects of the guitar solo are also bluesy.

Tonally, I was going for a very dense signature sound again that was influenced by Deadsy, The Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" album, and the self-titled Cold album.

Vocally, I was influenced by My Bloody Valentine and The Depreciation Guild.

Lyrically, the song is about a time when I was dating a woman and even though it was "understood" that nothing serious would come out of it, I think deep inside we both wanted the other to feel more, probably to feed some deep-rooted loneliness or insecurity. Neither of us would admit to our real feelings to each other, let alone ourselves. We just pretended that nothing meant anything and that neither wanted more. But I think deep inside I wanted her to love me and to always come back to me and I think she wanted me to feel the same exact things for her. But we never admitted it to each other.

2. "Danielle Harris" - Musically and tonally I was influenced by 30 Seconds To Mars' "A Beautiful Lie" album and The Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" album. The intro (0:37-1:49) was influenced by the Japanese band envy. And the outro (5:53-7:00) was influenced by The Cure's "Disintegration" album.

Vocally, I was influenced by My Bloody Valentine and The Depreciation Guild.

Lyrically, the song is about when I was 6 years old and went to go see "Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers" in theatres with my parents. I immediately developed a huge crush on the child actress Danielle Harris and that crush remains to this very day. She was probably my first huge childhood crush and for all of these years she's held a special place in my heart because that day, when I saw her in the movie for the first time, was the first time I'd ever felt anything that intense for anyone. It was the first time a girl made me feel so strongly and I feel like whatever it was that I was feeling that day was my first taste of what love could be like. Not that I fell in love with her but what I felt was something I had never felt before. It was completely innocent and pure and it came from a real and unassuming place. It felt as if Cupid was making himself known to me. From that moment on, I knew that whatever "love" was, I wanted it.
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