terça-feira, 7 de agosto de 2018

Rain with Cuerpos Cósmicos - An Interview

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O primeiro single do duo argentino, Cuerpos Cósmicos, é simplesmente uma das músicas mais hipnóticas que ouvi nos últimos tempos. Algo como se o Portishead e o Tamaryn se fundissem em uma única banda com o único propósito de envolver mente, corpo e alma.

"Rain" é simplesmente soberba, apenas isso.

Que venha o primeiro EP urgente, porque se o intuito era fazer com que houvesse paixão a primeira audição, o Cuerpos Cósmicos conseguiram, e não foi apenas comigo não....

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***** Interview with Cuerpos Cósmicos *****

Q. When did Cuerpos Cósmicos begin? Tell us about the history...
Camille : Cuerpos Cósmicos formed on the surface of the Earth, in 2018, during the meeting between a lo-fi indie pop comet and shoegazing tiny humans. At this precise place, Lucas and I bumped into each other. He said : « Hola ! », to which I replied a shy « Bonjour... ». After talking for a while, we said in a heart : « Let’s make music together ! ».

Lucas : Cam and I met online 4 years ago, via mutual friends. I live in Córdoba, Argentina, and she lives in Paris, France. We started talking, and realized that we had a strong musical connection, among other things. The idea of actually making music together emerged this year. We set our band name « Cuerpos Cósmicos » about a week ago, when we finally met each other in real life. Cam is visiting family where I live, so that’s new for us too.

Q: Who are your influences ?
Lucas: Currently, my influences are artists from Argentina such as Telescopios, Gustavo Cerati, Luis Alberto Spinetta… I also listen to a lot of electronic music. Truth is, I'm generally more concerned with self-influencing, that is : improvising, recording, and paying attention to the sensations I feel and my life experiences, taking that as an influence to compose.

Camille : They are very wide, from 12th century troubadour music to dark ambient jazz. This year, I’ve been really inspired by Slowdive, Screen Vinyl Image, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Avoxblue, Tamaryn, White Night Ghosts, Fairuz, and Perry Blake. I also like to watch movies such as Wong Kar-Wai’s « Chungking Express » while making music.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Felt Mountain - Goldfrapp (2000)
The Silver Album - The December Sound (2007)
23 - Blonde Redhead (2007)
Tender Buttons - Broadcast (2005)
Bloom - Beach House (2012)

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Camille : I have never played live yet, except in my bedroom and for myself. The idea was initially just to make music and post it online. Lucas is a performing musician, so he takes me out of my comfort zone, which is really cool. CuerposCósmicos will be my first time playing live.

Lucas : Honestly, it’s the best feeling in the world. Among all the things I like to do, playing live is what I prefer. That’s just what I want to do with my life.

Q. How do you describe Cuerpos Cósmicos sounds?
Cuerpos Cósmicos has a spatial, flying sound. Each composition is like a short story, with sensations ranging from depth and introspection, to clarity and beauty, love and tenderness, peace and harmony. It’s about concrete, corporeal reality and one’s unforgettable memories ; We hope it can make people’s hearts beat faster. Also, although we have the possibility to record with high-quality equipment, we prefer to take off a bit of perfection, giving rise to a Lo-Fi style. We recorded for instance the vocal parts of « Rain » with earbuds mic. We generate ideas more than anything else, that is, we give room to spontaneity, expressing our feelings as they come.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We’ve just recorded two songs as of now : Lucas wrote the first one « Gravedad » : he sent me the demo and I added some vocal, guitar and synths parts. I wrote the second one « Rain » and he added bass, synths and vocal parts. Thing is, we published them unfinished on Bandcamp, just to listen to them when walking, in order to write some improvements or mix changes. So it’s a true miracle you found (and liked) them. Composing is like having a meaningful conversation with someone who is 100% here and now with you. It never really ends, there’s an ongoing conversation inside, where ideas keep on blooming. Distance working allows us to live such moments.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend ?
Lucas : Telescopios, Usted Señalemelo, Mac Demarco, Boy Pablo, Tycho.

Camille : Mint Field, a tijuanense band I’ve discovered during my Madrid-São Paulo flight. I listened to their new album “Pasar De Las Luces” for approximately 10 hours up there, spellbound.

Q: Which band would you love to make a cover version of?
If we had to choose only one, it would be Tamaryn’s « Violet in a Pool ». Otherwise : « Gitme » by Selda Bağcan, « Black Sun » by Dead Can Dance, « Behind the Wheel » by Depeche Mode, Something from The Brian Jonestown Massacre, or Argentinian Folk musicians like Chaqueño Palavecino. Really, it could be anything we listen to.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
Our plans are to enjoy our time together, here in Argentina : we’re about to shoot and edit the first music video, record and finalize our 4 tracks EP. Once I get back to France, I’ll keep on making music for a short movie and a theater piece. Lucas is a DJ and has several other bands and audiovisual projects, so he’ll keep on working on that too. And we'll meet again real soon.

Q: Any parting words?
We thank you a lot for the room you gave us to introduce our music. We love your blog. Also, gratitude and kindness are everything.