quarta-feira, 10 de dezembro de 2014

Catch The Breeze with Kimono Lights

Da novíssima safra de gazers italiano um dos mais climáticos e introspectivos é o Kimono Lights.

A procura de uma gravadora para lançar seu debute, que já esta pronto, os caras por hora soltaram em seu soundcloud quatro amostras da beleza sonora do Kimono Lights. Vocais angelicais, ambientação que nos guia para lugares distantes, as guitarras cristalinas criam imagens e delírios.

O TBTCI aguarda ansiosamente o disco cheio do Kimono Lights, e que não demore.

***** Interview with Kimono Lights

Q. When Kimono Lights starts, tell us about the history...
The first two of us who played together were Andrea (guitar, vocals) and Manuel (bass), two years ago with a band named Grace, they did an EP but then they broke up. Meanwhile they met Matteo (guitar) and in the late summer of last year they worked on an instrumental project, which unfortunately didn’t come to anything. From then on they have been working on the songs we play nowadays. Enrico (drums, vocals) joined in February 2014, during spring and summer we tried playing with some singers but we couldn’t find the chemistry. Therefore Andrea and Enrico started writing lyrics and singing, and then in August Sara (guitar, vocals, synth) came along and we had all that we needed. In September we were ready to record: we worked with Andrea Scardovi who recorded and mixed our tracks at the Dunastudio. We are now rehearsing for the upcoming live dates and searching for a record label.

Q: Who are your influences?
Slowdive are for sure our main source of inspiration. But we owe so much also to My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride, Cocteau Twins, and to Jeff Buckley of course, and before them to the Cure. Another great source of inspiration was the post-rock: God is an Astronaut, Explosions in the Sky, Leech. And finally, even if it might sound a bit odd, we are deeply indebted to some trip-hop bands, like Massive Attack, Portishead, Hooverphonic and Unkle.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Well it's hard, we'll pick these:

Slowdive, Pygmalion
The Cure, Wish
Nirvana, Bleach
Jeff Buckley, Grace
Piano Magic, The Troubled Sleep of Piano Magic

Q. How do you describe Kimono Lights´ sounds?
Our sound is intermediate between dream-pop and shoegaze depending on the instance, with sporadic openings to post-rock. We work so much on sound layering, trying to create a distinctive atmosphere for each of our songs, and we try to vary as much as possible also on the rhythmic level. Our aim is to completely plunge the listener into the sound, sometimes with out-and-out sonic strength, and other times in a less invasive manner (and to do this the instrumentation is fundamental).

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We worked really well at the Dunastudio, Andrea Scardovi is a person of incredible competence, he helped us a lot and gave us some really valuable advices. From a certain point of view it was hard to play only hearing our sounds through the headphones, because they are meant to spread freely in the space, but the result was fine anyway.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Since we have quite different music tastes, every one of us has chosen some bands:

Enrico: No Joy, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ben Frost
Andrea: Kurt Vile, Noveller (Sarah Lipstate), Six Organs of Admittance
Manuel: Esben and the Witch, Jonathan Wilson Matteo: Platonick Dive, Wild Nothing
Sara: Tame Impala, The National

Q: What´s the plans for future...
Our goal is to put our musical ideas in practice: we have a lot of them, and this would be a great achievement already.

Q: Any parting words?
Our first album will be released as soon as we find a label, meanwhile you can listen to three of our songs on Soundcloud and visit our social pages.

Thank you for the interview and thanks to all the readers,

Kimono Lights