Zoe Polanski é uma talentosa artista de Tel Aviv, Israel, com inúmeros projetos, participa de algumas bandas e chega as páginas do TBTCI por conta de um desses sublimes projetos, o Bela Tar.
Música feita sob encomenda para flutuar entre nuvens, dançar com anjos, sublimar o belo. Assi mé "Daria" novo EP da Bela Tar, que dá sequência a dois álbuns irretocáveis, "Pulsar" de 2010 e "Pharaoh´s Islands" de 2014.
Mistério, magia, melancolia, beleza, adjetivos faltam-me para descrever o quão belo é o mundo de Zoe e seu Bela Tar.
***** Interview with Bela Tar *****
There was a long period in which i was touring with different bands - Katamine and Ex Lion Tamer. I was also working on film sets doing art and photography. I was completely exhausted from these working environments that included so many people around me all the time and i slowly found more and more comfort in working alone. I was able to focus on creating my own language and aesthetics. I felt like i found this frequency with which i can truly express myself, using my guitar and loops. This was the starting point for what would later be called "Bela Tar". I recorded some songs in my house in early 2010 and sent them to my friend, Itamar Weiner, who then owned a small club/record shop/label in Jerusalem called "Uganda". I was hoping to get a gig there based on these demos. But when Itamar heard them, he called me and said that he wants to do a release. So the demos became "Pulsar", my first album.
Q: Who are your influences?
Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and the Mary Chain where my first crushes.
I got super into Red House Painters and Sun Kill Moon later on. I was never a music head that knows tones of stuff. I always just get stuck on something that a friend plays me. At the moment it's my boyfriend who introduced me to Fennesz and William Basinski. I fell in love with both their work.
Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
Hmm, Tough One..
Sonic Youth - Evol,
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless,
Jesus and the Mary Chain - Darklands,
Red House Painters - Red House Painters,
Spaceman 3 - Sound of Confusion
Q. How do you feel playing live?
It's a very complicated experience for me. I am in introvert and i suffer from stage fright.
But i still do it because there are rare moments of elevation. In the right venue, with the right crowed (and the right sound man) it can get pretty great. A trance like experience. And after these rare shows i get an hour of not feeling socially awkward.
Q. How do you describe Bela Tar sounds?
All of my songs are based on sound pictures. They are not written in a linear form like a story. In the core of each song there is a loop which is a few seconds long.To me these few seconds are like a clean canvas. They repeat over and over and it's possible to look at them almost visually. I paint on them with my guitar, effects and vocals and create a geography. The song is some sort of a walk through this terrain.
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I Record almost completely live, just like it's being played in front of an audience. My first 2 albums where recorded on garage band which i believe is the modern day 4-track. And the new EP was actually recorded on a 4 track.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
The Israeli Vaadat Charigim, Singer Or Edry, Shame On Us, TV.out and Red Axes
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I am really enjoying singing along to Neko Case lately. Perhaps it's a sign.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
There is a new release coming up of a score that i composed this year. I am also working on a new live performance that will take place May 5th in the Tel Aviv Museum.
Q: Any parting words?
Please adopt a dog!