terça-feira, 11 de julho de 2017

Seaglass with Leisure Walks - An Interview

Ouvir o duo australiano Leisure Walks é se intoxicar com o amor.

Uma aura tenra e doce vai invadindo mente, corpo e alma durante a audição do primeiro trabalho deles, o EP, "Seaglass".  Desde a bela "Aibohparoga" até a redenção com a lindíssima releitura de "All of My Tears" do Spacemen3/Spiritualized. "Seaglass" é um medicamento poderoso para curar machucados do cotidiano.

Um verdadeiro sopro de candura que todo ser humano precisa, ainda mais nos dias caóticos em que vivemos.

***** Interview with Leisure Walks *****

Q. When did Leisure Walks start? Tell us about the history...
A. We were already kind of jamming now and then in late 2016, and one night at a gig we decided to actively try and write some songs and get something happening and recorded. The catalyst was an instrumental track that was written while we were on different continents that was sung over later once we started living together (~Dec ’16), then the ideas for others/covers came together later, and in different ways.

Q: Who are your influences?
A. Specifically for this project - Spacemen 3 and all affiliates beyond, Stereolab, Kraftwerk, Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Alvvays, Velvet Underground, The Wake, Total Control, vhs dream, Blouse, Broadcast, Galaxie 500, Harmonia, Slowdive, New Order, The Radio Dept.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
A. Selena: The Strokes – Room on Fire
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Beach House – Depression Cherry

Roland: Television - Adventure
Kraftwerk - Ralf und Florian
Joni Mitchell – Hejira
Neu! – Neu! ‘75
The Wake – Here Comes Everybody

Q. How do you feel playing live?
A. We have yet to play live and given the nature of the ‘band’ it doesn’t seem likely to happen any time soon!

Q. How do you describe Leisure Walks sounds?
A. This will be the first time doing so, but generally electronic tinged dreampop with lots of layers/lead lines popping up here and there, quite far from a straightforward band sound – a recording project at heart.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
A. Everything is done in our room where we only have one microphone and limited gear – a computer, guitars, one synth/organ, one drum machine, shakers/tambourine, effects units. For the covers, all the music is done first to figure the direction that the track will go in, then the vocals. For the originals, one of us will come up with an initial melody/chord sequence on guitar or keys and go from there in various ways. Selena writes the words sometimes after hearing an instrumental track, or sometimes with a song in mind with chords simultaneously.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
A. In Australia – VIM, Pure Moods, Jade Imagine, Bananagun, Jaala, Miris, Hills Hoist, Sachet, Terry.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A. So many! We have been thinking Broadcast lately as it would suit us and our current mindset in many ways. Nancy Sinatra’s ‘So Long Babe’ has been begging for a dreampop cover for years for sure.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A. We have done a Stereolab cover, Strobo Acceleration, for the upcoming tribute compilation by TBTCI! There’ll surely be many more songs written and recorded as well as covers but who knows when they’ll surface and what form they’ll take.

Q: Any parting words?
A. Thanks so much to you Renato! So happy to be involved with the tribute compilations and to have your interest in our original songs too, thanks to anyone who has listened also.