segunda-feira, 29 de outubro de 2018

Flashes of Sound with Already Dreamers - An Interview

Depois de alguns singles e EPs, o quarteto sonhador inglês, Already Dreamers chega a seu primeiro álbum "Flashes of Sound"

Como não poderia deixar de ser, "Flashes of Sound", é um passeio cintilante por entre texturas hipnóticas que soam como um convite a levitar até as nuvens, contemplando-as sem pressa.

Sonoramente, o Already Dreamers me remete diretamente ao saudoso Rumskib, obviamente que, com isto colocado, as matrizes Eno, Cocteau, entre outros, são ainda mais óbvias.

Uma doce purificação para momentos cinzentos.

***** Interview with Already Dreamers *****

Q. When did Already Dreamers begin? Tell us about the history...
Already Dreamers have existed in numerous forms (and under different names) for several years now. The current line up have played together since 2015 and we are really pleased with the work we’ve produced together so far.

Q: Who are your influences?
We are an eclectic group so our influences range far and wide from Beethoven to the Beastie Boys! But our main inspiration comes from Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Mike Oldfield, Hammock, and Brian Eno. We have a Spotify playlist showcasing the artists and works which have had the greatest impact on our sound if you’re interested in finding out more.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
We’ve gone for the ones which we’ve felt have had the greatest impact on both ourselves as musicians and music as a whole. In no particular order:
1. Pet Sounds: Beach Boys
2. St. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles
3. Paul’s Boutique: The Bestie Boys
4. Loveless: My Bloody Valentine
5. Tubular Bells: Mike Oldfield

That wasn’t an easy list to curate though. 5 seems like a short number considering all the musically significant albums that have been made over the years. But the direction each of these masterpieces individually helped to push both popular music and sound engineering to new areas of innovation are unparalleled . At least in our nerdy opinion anyway!

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We don't know because we have never played live. Not in our current line up anyway! That's down to two main reasons. Firstly, acute shyness. And secondly, we've yet to find a way of re-creating the sound we record in the studio, on the stage. We are starting to think about possibly doing some multimedia based live show which will incorporate visuals as well as our own songs. But as we say, that's very much in the early stages of development so watch this space.

Q. How do you describe Already Dreamers´ sounds?
We like to mix elements of electronica, rock, dream-pop, and ambient into all our work. The main part of our sound though originates from the guitar and our use of reverb and delay. We hardly ever use synthesisers which is something people are surprised to hear. We had a conversation with a journalist once who refused to believe that the only instrument we used in “Safely in the Arms of October” was a guitar. They could have sworn they heard an array of keyboards in the intro. But there isn’t. It’s all exclusively guitars and the way we treat them.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We never enter a recording session with any songs or preconceived ideas. We jam, play around and generally make a large noise before the basics of a song starts to come together. Our trick is to record everything. Then our lead guitarist Christopher listens back to our sessions the next day. He’s brilliant at picking out motifs, chord changes or sound effects and then splicing it up with other jamming sessions. Then sometimes we will come back to the studio and he’ll excitedly say “we’ve got something really great here, let’s work on this and possibly add this or this”. The buzzing guitar effect during the chorus of Even The Whitest Snow Melts, took about a week to create with an array of distortion, reverb and compression. But Christopher (who produces all our stuff) will have an idea and of what will work with a particular element of the song and we’ll try our best to create that. He’s not a perfectionist per se, but he does like to get it right!

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Well they aren’t new as such as they’ve been producing music for while, regardless though, they are new to us.

Olan Mill (anything Alex Smalley produces with either OM or Pausal is truly special), Hammock (melancholy personified) and Jefre Cantu Ledesema (ethereal doesn’t do his music justice, as it seems to come from another time in space way back when life seemed a lot simpler).

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
We are not confident of our own ability to deliver any cover with the right amount of justice. We are huge admirers of musicians who can deconstruct a song and make it sound like their own. That’s not a skill we’ve mastered yet, but never say never! We would love the opportunity to remix someone else’s songs though. That would really excite us.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
It’s taken a while for us to get the debut album off the ground, but we are now committed to releasing two or three new bodies of work a year, as a minimum. That doesn’t mean we would sacrifice quality for quantity though. That’s part of the beauty of running our own label; we can release what we feel will resonate with our listeners the most, as often as we need too.

Q: Any parting words?
Thank you so much for listening.