sexta-feira, 29 de junho de 2018

Voodoos of Ambition with Flower Vision - An Interview

Elegância em formato lo fi, contemplando sonhos e outros delírios, mais ou menos assim flui o projeto britânico Flower Vision.

O debute nasceu em Maio deste ano, "Voodoos of Ambition", tem em suas cinco canções os dois substantivos do título, Voodoo e Ambição, caminhando ambos estreitamente unificados.

Constantine o cara por trás do Flower Vision expõe suavemente seus devaneios, solidão, isolamento, mas um tracejo de luz vai aparecendo docemente em vários momentos.

Reserve o Flower Vision para seus momentos solitá trabalho melancolicamente bucólico e belo. 

***** Interview with Flower Vision *****

Q. When did Flower Vision start? Tell us about the history...
The project started as a way for me to finally finish something that I would have started. It was ideas and melodies I had in my head for the past few months, and I felt the urge to record them. It only crossed my mind that I would be, eventually, able to, like, release them after I was done with them. The name FLOWER VISION was playing on my mind since last year, as a band name, and thought that this way I would be able to ‘’kill two birds with one stone’’, I guess.

Q. Who are your influences?
When it comes to influences, it’s always a really weird one for me. I mean, it’s what you listen while growing up, isn’t it? For me, Morrissey will always have a special place in my heart. I tend to cling to musicians, mostly because of their view of the world, rather than their music, because, in the end of the day, it’s their charisma that attracts you (of course, making mind-blowing music helps as well!). I don’t know… Peter Doherty, Keaton Henson… definitely Oasis, maybe also the Blur! Oh, and the Beatles. Anything by the Beatles.

Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy (because of what it means to all the people who love it)
Molly Nilsson – These Things Take Time (because of what it means to me)
Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (because Sam France is the dude)
The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs (because every time I listen to Asleep, it makes want to hide under my duvet)
Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork (because it feels like a force of nature and it’s the album that can awake ALL my feelings, sadness, happiness, lust, longing, sometimes all at the same time)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Considering I haven’t in a while, I am not sure I can remember. I am looking forward to doing some shows with Flower Vision in the near future… I reckon it’ll push me out of my bubble, for better or worse.

Q. How do you describe Flower Vision´s sounds?
To me, it sounds like losing the last train home. It is melancholic, even distant at some places, but at least you are left with the ‘’what if I did something else differently?’’ question, and that’s what makes it interesting. I think, at least for ‘’Voodoos of Ambition’’, the main concept was projecting the sense of being left alone, in a huge city, where you are only a small part of this whole machine. If you listen closely though, there are happy notes in there as well. There always are. As a work, as a sound, it’s hard to explain, but I hope there is something you can take with you, like a painful memory. It’s important to keep this stuff. I feel like I’m not very good at explaining, and I think that’s why I started writing songs.

Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Well, it’s very low budget… Just a guitar, a bass, a synth and my laptop. A few pedals here and there, to entertain the listener with some wobbly noises, and that is it. Sometimes, the songs are being recorded really quickly and others just take days upon days upon days to finish, to the point that I don’t want to listen to them anymore… The songs come from a part of me that feels most vulnerable, so I don’t analyze the whole process really. I feel like whenever I finish recording a song, a part of me dies. The song is not mine anymore. Though, another part of me doesn’t really care, so I keep on doing it.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
There is only one new band I would recommend. Cathedral Echo! Cool vibes, even more amazing productions…

Q. Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
The aforementioned one. I’m getting my head around it at the moment. It could sound great. I think I could make a good job covering them in my style…

Q. What are your plans for the future?
I take the days as they come. John Lennon once said ‘’Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans’’. As long as I stay healthy and alive, that’s what matters to me. As long as I stay healthy and alive, I will keep recording…

Q. Any parting words?
We can’t afford to be anyone else besides ourselves. So be you, and create something that will make yours, and other people’s lives, better. Hold no faith, but only conviction…