sexta-feira, 26 de junho de 2015

Pale Reflections with Gliss - An Interview

Desde 2013 com o ótimo Langsom Dans que Victoria Cecilia e Martin Klingma, também conhecidos e cultuados sob a alcunha de Gliss não nos presenteavam com um novo trabalho.

Eis que no último dia 23 de junho veio ao mundo Pale Reflections, uma verdadeira pérola infestada de doces melodias, vocais perigosamente sensuais, e um suave wall of sound. Um trabalho grandioso e para se ouvir horas a fio, não há a menor chance de Pale Reflections soar enjoante, a capacidade de Victoria e Martin em criarem joias de noise pop se assemelha ao Raveonettes.

Simplesmente majestoso, ouça alto.

***** Interview with Gliss *****

Q. When did Gliss started, tell us about the history...
It's quite a journey… I'd say it started the day Victoria and I really started thinking….let's go to Europe and do some shows….that where I felt it really began. Up until then, I had done local shows and that was redundant. She sparked the voice of possibility and the belief to explore the world….Expand & Explore !! The history is all over the internet, I would need a month to go through it all. Wait for my novel, it will all be in there !!

Q: Who are your influences?
My influences are my own life experiences, atmosphere, ambient experimental concepts, Godard, Rothko, Kubrick, gut Kaffee, sleep and lack of, ballet, anyone that is not afraid to be vulnerable influences me…I like real. I love real. I dislike shut down or closed off. I can't relate to that. If you can't let me in, I can't connect. It's been true my whole life.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Beatles - White Album
2. Stone Roses - Stone Roses
3. Ray Charles - Atlantic Years
4. Elliott Smith - XO
5. Radiohead - OK Computer

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Nervous usually for the first song and then that goes away and then I realize the show is over…it basically happens in the blink of an eye….hard to describe…it's like a dream…then you wake up and go sell some merch and hope the club puts on some good music…..Meddle by Pink FLoyd, LIve at Pompei, Vessel, Suuns, Leonard Cohen...

Q. How do you describe Gliss sounds?
The current sound of Gliss is inspired by looking at Rothko's work, riding my bike through the streets of Berlin and of course all life experience. When i look at his work, I imagine long deep dreamy paths that seem never ending. Their are many amazing paths here in Berlin and these days and nights all wash together….very much like Pale Reflections…a bit of dirt and beauty woven together…the record turns and floats like a bird leaving the nest in the search of independence.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Let's see…… I flew back to LA to work on the record last year. I pretty much slept on a couch and looked out the window to a beautiful view of Griffith Observatory. I'd get up have a coffee and start recording until I realized I'd forgotten to eat. Then i would come back to it…it was a good experience. Once I was back in Berlin we kept working on the final bits. Harmonies, synth parts, beats…I think you just keep at it until you say…..wait…i think it's done..Lets mix it and get the artwork together. It was really an adventure. I did the design of the cover and Victoria mixed the record, so we really shared the complete making of the album. This is my favorite part about it this time. Just doing what we feel on our own and letting it be. Its a very honest record.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended
I listened a great deal to Ariel Pink this year for current releases. He went to an arts school in California where some of my friends went and it doesn't surprise me one bit how creative and fearless he can be with his music. Ja, I love it, He allows me to go to that place of a child and get lost in it. That's very rare. I saw him play in Berlin and it was such a beautiful combination of genius and chaos. It worked…I felt like I'd been through some sort of serious journey in the end. I just rode my bike home in silence. Other music I have been digging into is Vessel, early Nick Cave…the first two records are incredible, lots of Stereolab and always classical music.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Air, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, and probably something fairly recent like Tr/st…something ambient while still being melodic.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
The future involves writing, traveling, shows and working on another record. We are meeting up very soon…I can't wait! We are already working on a new one. We like to keep going and staying creative. I have tons of songs I have written here in Berlin and can't wait to start seeing which ones will work with Victorias ideas. She just sent me some incredible basic tracks yesterday. We are lucky to need music. I don't choose it, it chooses me. I am also looking at some more classes to take. I love learning…

Q: Any parting words?
Vielen dank für Alles….Hab einen schönen Tag lieber Freund !