quarta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2015

I'm A Firefighter with Cigarettes After Sex - An Interview

Simplesmente ouvir os estadunidenses do Cigarettes After Sex é um exercício de elegância, sofisticação, estilo, sensualidade e bom gosto.

Se você acha pouco, dê play imediatamente e perceba que a eloquência aqui colocada chega a ser pequena perto da grandiosidade do ep homônimo dos caras. Talvez algumas referências possam vir a tona como Julee Cruise, Mazzy Star, Opal e similares, mas a singularidade do Cigarettes After Sex somente sugere as conexões.

Música para pessoas de bom gosto, certamente, como costumo dizer, ACIMA.

***** Interview with Cigarettes After Sex *****

Q. When did Cigarettes After Sex start? tell us about the history...
I started Cigarettes in the summer of 2008. I had been writing a bunch of songs that felt good together, so I basically worked around that going in. It was more of an electro-pop style for the first few years, but gradually found its way to what it is now. The project formally started in 2012 with the release of the first EP though the way I see it. The rest was some sort of trial period. A warm up.

Q: Who are your influences?
Always too many to list, so I guess I’ll pick the most influential on the current sound. The EP was initiated after learning that the Cowboy Junkies recorded the Trinity Session live over the course of a few days with one mic in a church. I had wanted to do something like that just to relieve the burden of slaving away in the studio forever & getting nowhere. “Katy Song” by Red House Painters & “Fade Into You” are also direct influences, as well as the feel of late ‘50s, early ‘60s singles like “I Love How You Love Me” by the Paris Sisters or “You” by the Aquatones.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. La Question by Francoise Hardy
2. Final Fantasy VI by Nobuo Uematsu
3. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
4. Feldman: Piano & String Quartet by Kronos Quartet & Aki Takahashi
5. Rampatrouille - Space Patrol by Peter Thomas Sound Orchester

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It’s a need. The sound of our records is based on capturing the spontaneity of fairly or totally unrehearsed live performances. It’s essential.

Q. How do you describe Cigarettes After Sex sounds?
I’d say the group sounds very much like music you’d put on to go to sleep. I feel like a vast majority of the records I love are the ones that helped me zone out when I couldn’t quite get to sleep due to whatever sort of anxiety was presenting itself at the time.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
There’s a pretty clear cut way of recording at the moment. The first EP was recorded totally live with only the acoustic guitar, vocals & bass guitar closed mic’d. The drums, keyboard & electric guitar were recorded with mics spread out across a 5 story stairway. A few of the songs we had run through a few times at rehearsal, but the other two I had just showed the band & we came up with an arrangement on the spot. The takes of those are only the 2nd complete time we’d ever played them. The new EP coming out repeats this process mostly, but every song was learned at the recording session & only run through once by the band.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
I’m a huge fan of Luxury Problems by Andy Stott & hope to work with him one day somehow. Todd Terje & Disclosure also have a handful of tunes I love.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
We have a few covers coming out on our next EP, but I’ll say I have a very strong desire to cover “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” by Boyz II Men lately.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Planning to do a full length album & a world tour as soon as possible.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so so much for listening & keep an eye out for our next record coming out in September.