quarta-feira, 18 de maio de 2016

The Flow In Between with Tales of Murder and Dust - An Interview

Não é de hoje que a Dinamarca definitivamente tem se tornado uma meca da nova geração psych, apresentado ao mundo verdadeiros tesouros da nova era psicodélica, bandas como Get Your Gun, Road to Suicide, Woken Trees, Spökraket e inúmeras outras demonstram o real motivo desta psicodelia gélida e mantrica perpetuada em doses cavalares.

Todavia, a mais intensa e impressionante de todas é o Tales of Murder and Dust, algo como um encontro de All Tomorrow Parties e Swans em ritmo desacelerado, extremamente denso, caótico e doentio.

Os caras recém lançaram The Flow In Between pela referência e cultuada no assunto, Fuzz Club. Seguinte os exercícios de insanidade dos seus últimos trabalhos, "Skeleton Flowers" de 2013 e do apocalíptico "Hallucination of Beauty" de 2012, "The Flow In Between" é ainda mais experimental, com tonalidades negras e talvez nos momentos menos perturbadores as cores sejam cinzentas.

Se você quer psicodelia flower power, com florzinhas pra lá e pra cá, mantenha distância do T.o.M.a.D porque aqui o negócio é barra pesada.

Simplesmente acima.

***** Interview with Tales of Murder and Dust *****

Q. When did Tales of Murder and Dust start? Tell us about the history...
We grew up in a remote part of the country, with not much happening. We met over a shared interest of music. We started playing together in 2003 and in 2007 we relocated to Aarhus and formed T.o.M.a.D. Our sound has evolved through different sounds and genres but has always had a leitmotif of dystopia, as is evident when listening to our previous releases. This is also the centrepiece of our new album “The Flow In Between”. It really feels as the culmination of all we have done so far. Creatively this is T.o.M.a.D at the peak of the mountain.

Q: What are your influences?
“The Flow in Between” was under way for a very long time, so we went through different periods of listening to different music. Bands that have stayed with us though, as a continuous source of inspiration, are “The Velvet Underground & Nico” and “The Warlocks”. But a band that really has taken presence during the creation of this album is “Swans”. The heavier sound and stagnating compositions of “Swans” has really crept into our sound. This is especially evident in our song: “Sisters”.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
As influences vary, so does the idea of which 5 albums are greatest.

* The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground and Nico
* Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
* The Warlocks – The Mirror Explodes
* Swans – Great Annihilator
* Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate

Ask us again tomorrow, and we’ll give you another answer. ….…. Actually in the time it took us to finish this interview we already changed our minds, so here are 5 others:

* The Cure - Pornography
* Dead Can Dance – Dead Can Dance
* The Blue Angel Lounge – A Sea of Trees
* Nico – Desertshore
* Crime and the City Solution – The Bride Ship

Q. How do you feel playing live?
We love playing Live! We are all fairly introvert people, so it may seem like we have difficulties communicating it to the audience while playing, but the truth is that we really enjoy it, in our own quiet way. We hope that the music and the sensation of the performance express the joy we feel playing, that we don’t necessarily express in words.

Q. How do you describe Tales of Murder and Dust sounds?
Atmospheric, Symphonic, Wet, Dense, Weightless, Chaotic, Shaped, Endless, Bound, Sincere, Constructed, Unique, Imitated. There is no limit to the amount of adjectives we can use to enclose our music and all of these, more or less contradictory words seem to fit in, thinking about our sound. We experience it as Endless and Unique but it also, without a doubt, bound by traditional form and in many ways a reproduction of what has been heard before. What runs through this album though, is a relatable sense of angst and melancholia that we all experience, when life is at the stage of the space between the carefree youth and the impending sense of knowing that it will end at some point.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs?
We always start with a sketch of a song, more or less finished in its composition. We repeat it over and over in our rehearsal space, until we find the right sound and dynamics. When we have a few songs, we head for the studio to record drums and bass. After this we take the tracks home and start filling in the blank spaces ourselves. Christian usually spends days recording different guitars, synths, percussion or whatever instruments end up on the song. Every song will end up having 20-30 different tracks of dubbed instruments and sounds which we then take out or adapt to the mix. This approach allows us to really explore in depth, the different moods and sounds each composition can offer.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Check out Nils Gröndahl. One guy with a violin and a bunch of pedals. Amazing!

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We are going on a three-week tour through Europe in June and we are going on our first small tour on the west coast in U.S.A. in August. Between our concerts we are hoping to get started on a new album of which we are currently writing material.

Q: Any parting words?
Just another list of 5 important albums. 5 are never enough!
* Michael Gira – Drainland
* Sonic Youth – Washing Machine
* Yo La Tengo – Prisoners of Love
* My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
* P.J. Harvey – Let England Shake