quinta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2015

Under Overfladen with Tusindfald - An Interview

Já é uma tradição na Dinamarca ser produzido muito do que há de melhor no dreampop mais shoegaze, vide Rumskib do mestre Keith Canisius, e agora mais recentemente outro mentor começa a guiar seus projetos, Jesper Lundager comando entre outros a nave sonhadora chamada Tusindfald.

Kys o EP de estreia deixa explicitamente claro a beleza da música do Tusindfald, muito além da mesmice etérea que acontece por aí, Jesper e seus comparsas criam atmosferas repletas de camadas e mais camadas sobrepostas gerando um clima hipnótico absurdo.

Precisamos de mais material do Tusindfald urgentemente,

***** Interview with Tusindfald *****

Q. When did Tusindfald start? Tell us about the history...
Tusindfald was initially a concept band. I wrote, recorded and produced the EP on my own, invited some friends to play and sing along, and put out a single on bandcamp (Kys). Before I knew it, I was contacted by some lovely people from the UK; I suddenly had a record deal on my hands. Requests for concerts starting popping up, so I gathered some good friends from college and formed a proper band.

Q: Who are your influences?
In no particular order, and from the top of my mind: Slowdive, Ulrich Schnauss, Tangerine Dream, Michael Rother, My Bloody Valentine, Limp (Manual, Syntaks & Aerosol), School of Seven Bells, M83, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Rós, Mew, Chapterhouse, Vangelis, Stephané Picq and even new age artists like Enya, Enigma and Constance Demby. I also really enjoy demoscene music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Ouch, these top lists are always impossible for me, and I couldn't restrain myself here, sorry. Frankly, I don't think I'd be doing what I do today if these records hadn't moved me as much as they did (and still do). Again, in no particular order:
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Manual – Azure Vista / Ascend / Isares
Ulrich Schnauss – A Strangely Isolated Place
Cocteau Twins - The moon and the Melodies (but anything by them, really!)
Sigur Rós – Agætis Byrjun
Mew - and the Glass handed Kites

Q. How do you feel playing live?
It can be fun, and it can be a hassle. For me personally, the most fun part about music has always been messing around in the studio on my own. The logistics; managing a band who lives far apart, rehearsing for three or four days and then being paid off with a meal and/or transport money is a lot of work for very little, I think. I realize it's the name of the game, and a lot of people are happy doing this. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but for me the creative processes that I find in the studio have always been the main attraction. And please don't get me wrong: I do enjoy the rush of playing a concert once in a while!

Q. How do you describe the sounds of Tusindfald?
Longing, yearning, ethereal, other worldly, comforting, powerful, delicate, uplifting, melancholic, melodic loving, intimate, near and far.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Basically, I'll mess around in the studio until I find something that inspires me and flesh everything out from there. I have a tendency to meditate/dwell on ideas and demos for a long time. This is both good and bad - good because I know if I can listen to a song/demo/idea 1000 times and still be moved and inspired by it, it's probably going to be a good tune! Bad because it takes a long time for me to actually finish things up.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Recently I've been getting into Jon Hopkins and Ghost. Not really new, I know, haha... I like to discover things at my own pace, I guess.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
Not sure, never done one as I think remixing is more fun! I've done a few of them – For instance, I did one for SPC ECO, which was released on a compilation some years ago.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
There's another Tusindfald EP coming at some point! I'm sorry, I don't have a release date or anything, it's been on its way for a while, but should be out before spring. Sorry for taking so long!

There will also be a limited cassette tape (via Night Vision Tapes) and bandcamp release of my very first collection of demos/songs, which I gave out as a CDr to friends in early 2009. Named after the my childhood home in Mozambique, ”Macuti” will be out in November and consists of songs and demos I recorded between 2006 and 2008. The b-side of the tape will feature lost and previously unreleased stuff from that era. The production values and aesthetics are quite lo-fi compared to my recent productions, but I hopefully people will enjoy it nonetheless. :)

Currently I'm working full time composing a soundtrack for an indie computer game called Unclaimed World. It's already on Steam (early access), albeit not with my music in it yet. The soundtrack will be ambient/folk oriented, - I'm having a lot of fun working on it.

So yeah, lots of new (and old) stuff in the pipeline!

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks. Because of music, I've gotten in touch with and made friends with people from all over world. It's incredible to know that a person in South America is being moved and inspired by things I've done, so far away... Another example, someone from the UK sent me a message telling me he'd played one of my songs at his wedding. Wow.