Jon Clowdus é a mente por trás do Azul Toga.
Resumidamente um espectro de canções pop perfeitas em formato e ambiência lo fi, com aquele delicioso e viciante fuzz de fundo, vocais desleixadamente apaixonados, com aquele tempero de Black Tambourines e Aislers Set.
As vezes não é preciso muito coisa pra se fazer a canção perfeita.
Vida longa ao Azul Toga.
***** Interview with Azul Toga *****
Azul Toga started a few years back as a way for me to release solo bedroom recordings. I started the project and recorded the first EP following the break-up of my former band with friends, fake nails.
Q: Who are your influences?
Black Tambourine, Cocteau Twins, Neu!, Luna, O.M.D.
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
I could never choose 5 favorites, but here are 5 albums that I love...
1. Stereolab - Peng!
2. Elliott Smith - Roman Candle
3. Brian Eno - Here Come The Warm Jets
4. Broadcast - Tender Buttons
5. The Magnetic Fields - Get Lost
Q. How do you feel playing live?
I love playing live! So far, Azul Toga has consisted of a few different live formations, and lately I've been focused on recording, but I hope to start playing live with a bassist (my friend Derek) and a drum machine by the end of the summer, it's in the works.
Q. How do you describe Azul Toga sounds?
Pop songs that are lovably imperfect, usually incorporating guitars and old drum machines. Some songs are more polished than others...
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the album?
Recording of the new EP/ cassette (out on track and field records) took place over the course of winter 2014/2015. The first three tracks on the EP were recorded in the same week, at home in my studio apartment. I think they sound like the fit together nicely. The last 3 songs on the new cassette were recorded over the course of a few months, including one weekend at small cabin here in Oregon, where I enlisted the help of my friend David Blatnik who I played in Fake Nails with. The new EP is definitely intended to be guitar-pop.
Q. Which new bands do you recommended
They aren't super new, but I love Mr. Twin Sister! There is also a dance project that I love from Berlin called Satin Jackets.
Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
I'd love to record a cover of "Rush Hour" by Jane Weiland, who was in the Go-Go's.
Q: What´s the plan for the future....
I plan to continue working on new music and to release some new demos/ random tracks and EPs online. I also wanna play some shows this fall. Eventually, I'll do another cassette. In general, I'd like to stay positive and stay active as an artist!
Q: Any parting words?
"Don't take life too seriously!" -Rupaul