terça-feira, 21 de novembro de 2017

Chasing The Sun with Lost Echoes - An Interview

Entre delirantes atmosferas e paisagens espaciais, "Chasing The Sun", o debute do trio de Oregon em Portland, Lost Echoes, veio ao mundo com o intuito de fortalecer o derretimento dos aficionados em shoegaze e psicodelismos densos.

Com fortes doses de experimentos fluindo de pedais e demais efeitos, o Lost Echoes, segue a linhagem de bandas como MBV, Jessamine entre outros mestres.

Obrigatoriamente o "Chasing The Sun" deve ser escutado alto e em fones de ouvido para melhor captar toda sua essência.

***** Interview with Lost Echoes *****

Q. When did Lost Echoes start? Tell us about the history...
Lost Echoes began writing songs in late 2016. We were birthed with the idea of a return to our early 90’s roots of guitar based psychedelic shoegaze. Now, as more experienced musicians, the focus is on what excites us the most - good songwriting. The hazy sounds that blanket each song follow easily this time around. Since we have all collaborated together for years prior in the electronic music scene, primarily in the realm of dark underground Techno, Lost Echoes would also embrace synthesizers, drum machines, sampling and remixing as a part of the style and sound.

Q: Who are your influences?
Our influences are vast. They span decades of music that we have absorbed through life. We can easily say that it starts with 60’s psyche & garage rock and moves through 70’s krautrock and classic rock, 80’s goth and synth pop and into the 90’s shoegaze movement. But it doesn’t stop there. Ambient, IDM, Techno and especially the current revival of the shoegaze sound are also very influential to Lost Echoes.

Some favorite bands are obvious - Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure. But, with a deeper listen you might sense a love for Seefeel, Boards of Canada, Bowery Electric, Nirvana, Bauhaus, Kraftwerk, Joy Division, Swervedriver, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode. Some heavier influences would be ISIS, Cult of Luna, and Caspian.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1. Slowdive - Souvlaki
2. Seefeel - Quique
3. The Cure - Pornography
4. Whirr - Sway
5. The Church - Starfish

Q. How do you feel playing live?
Playing live is exhilarating! There is something special when the energy and vision of several people blend together to make something happen live. It is sometimes an emotional experience as it happens. So very different than making music with machines and computers. It is something special. A moment in time. That sound and feeling of guitar tones bathed in reverb and delay bouncing out of multiple amplifies and speakers placed around the room. This is what made us want to come back to playing live together as a band.

Q. How do you describe Lost Echoes sounds?
Lost Echoes is spaced out, drenched in reverb but simple at the core. The wall of sound is what we are about. The goal is to bury this in our recorded versions but live there is a different approach. Our live sound is loud, fuzzed out and hazy. This gives our songs about love, loss, time and hope for the future a stronger sonic emotional context as you are enveloped in the sound.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
We have all individually been engineers and producers since the 90’s. I’ve worked as a mixing and mastering engineer, professionally, since a young age. This makes the initial recording process fairly quick for the most part. We will often have several versions of the mixdown trying to find the right balance. We tend to use large diaphragm condenser microphones run through Apogee mic pre’s and A/D converters. There is the occasional use of Urei 1176 compression in that path. The recording platform is Pro Tools with a plethora of plugins for processing during the mix.

The stems are shared among us for remixing, which occurs with the use of Ableton Live, Electron Octatrak, Novation Circuti aand a good bit of other hardware including a Modular Synth setup.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Stargazer Lilies, New Fumes, Cheatahs, Marker, Belong, Vaniish, Houses of Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo, Visiting Diplomats, Deafcult, Sun Colony, Firefriend, Vibrasae, A Place to Bury Strangers, 93milionmilesfromthesun, Blankenberge, Black Nite Crash are a few current favorites.

Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
A super spaced out version of Soundgarden -4th of July is on our list.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
We have finished an album and are working through details for release on all digital platforms and vinyl. Playing this material out live is to follow. Writing and recording is a constant thing for us currently, as the inspiration is very high. There is so much great music happening right now - it keeps the creative energy always flowing.

Q: Any parting words? Thanks again and talk soon
It is a really exciting time to be involved in the Shoegaze scene. We have so many more outlets these days. The internet is an amazing thing. We have purveyors such as The Blog That Celebrates Itself and DKFM that helps to push all the new artist’s music out and it keeps the scene so vibrant. It has brought the far corners of the world’s music scene together. Thank you for that!!!