terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2015

Mirror of Silver with Golden Gardens - An Interview

O duo Golden Gardens de Seattle formado por Gregg e Aubrey lançaram a questão de dias atrás o single Mirror of Silver / When Your Tears Have Drowned You que seguem a risca o maravilhoso trabalho deles  desde o debute How Brave The Hunted Wolves de 2012.

Um passeio elegante e intenso por dentro de paisagens etéreas por vezes sombrias em outras bucólicas, ecos de Cocteau Twins e Cranes são evidentes mas a roupagem que o Golden Gardens aplica torno suas referências apenas como referências.

Grandiosidade e sofisticação em tons cinzentos a serviço dos bons sons.

 ***** Interview wieh Golden Gardens *****

Q. When did Golden Gardens started, tell us about the history...
Gregg: We knew each other before the band, being active in various experimental art scenes and attending the same goth club. Somewhere in the midst of 2010 we began collaborating on music and have been doing so ever since.

Q: Who are your influences?
Aubrey: I'm really into old Bollywood singers like Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. I'm also super influenced by Middle Eastern music; some of my favorite artists in that vein are Azam Ali and Yasmine Hamdan. Kristy Thirsk, who often sings for Delerium but also has her own projects, has been one of my biggest vocal influences in general.

Gregg: So many to name. Probably TOO many. Right now I'm partial to dark metal, dreamy electronic music, 60's torch singers and dancey industrial.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Gregg (in no particular order):
Katatonia "Last Fair Deal Gone Down"
David Bowie "Aladdin Sane"
My Dying Bride "The Angel and the Dark River"
Skinny Puppy "Rabies"
Mina "Studio Uno"

Aubrey (in no particular order):
Kate Bush "Hounds of Love"
Bjork "Homogenic"
The Cure "Wish"
Red House Painters "Red House Painters I"
Sade "Diamond Life"

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Aubrey: Magical. I leave my earthly body and go someplace else. Words can't really describe it. The feeling is one of non-embodiment and perfect total embodiment all at once. Time does not exist. It's beautiful.

Q. How do you describe Golden Gardens sounds?
Gregg: Dance music for vengeful ghosts.

Aubrey: Starlight twinkling on obsidian waters.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
Gregg: We both have home studios, so we can have perfect soltitude while still being collaborative. It's the ideal situation for people with our mentalities.

Aubrey: We write pretty independently of one another. I think it lends a complexity to our compositions that might be lacking if we were writing in the same room.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Gregg: I have been enjoying Wind Burial, High Functioning Flesh, Azar Swan, The Foreshadowing, Anna Calvi and King Krule.

Aubrey: I second Wind Burial. So good.There are so many great bands coming out of the PNW these days. I can't name them all, but Nostalgist, Charlatan, Vox Vespertinus, somesurprises, The Spider Ferns, Crater are all making some killer sounds. As for artists from other places, I am really into King Woman, Ibeyi, and Vaadat Charigim right now.

Q: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Gregg: We run through some cover songs when playing live, sometimes we put them online for people to hear.

Aubrey: I've always thought it would be fun to cover Marilyn Manson.

Q: What´s the plan for the future....
Gregg: We have a 2-song tape coming out on July 16th with two brand new tracks on it, "Mirror of Silver" and "When Your Tears Have Drowned You". You can listen and order it through our Bandcamp site.

Aubrey: We've got a release party coming up for it here in Seattle at Kremwerk that same night with more killer PNW bands Red Ribbon, KA, and Satsuma. After that we've got some fancy things in the works for a new album, new shows, and lots of touring. Hopefully outside of the US.

Q: Any parting words?
Aubrey: Blessed be.