Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Message to Bears is multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander. He has recently released a new album, Folding Leaves, and it’s fucking great. It’s an album which has some great ambient beats to act as a foundation which allows the vocals and strings and samples and piano and xylophones and so forth, to soar.
I can’t recommend it enough. So what’s it about.
The loose theme of the album, to put it simply is sort of the idea of having a desire to run away/escape when all you needed was right where you are.
I did sense that element of travel/travelling on the album, so I asked him a question about where the most beautiful place he had visited was. (Though with such an intriguing answer I should have asked what the best thing about being at home was.)
Probably the Iguazu waterfalls in Brazil, absolutely incredible.
I’m gonna try and catch a live offering when it roles in to town because the sound is so intriguing. I asked what the live show will be like, that answer is below as is the album (The physical's a sellout). Enjoy.
The live show includes a small ensemble, it's quite different to the recorded material actually, less ambient and louder.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Everlone is a London based music maker, specialising in the ethereal and, apparently, the night bus sound. Here’s what he said when I asked him to describe the music:
I'm not sure how I'd describe my music to be honest, it's been described in a few bizarre ways before, like 'slowcore' and 'night bus' but I don't even know what they mean, let alone agree. I don't want to come across as being pretentious, but I don't think it's healthy to pigeon hole music either to be honest, otherwise you're forever having to live up to that expectation. I just run with it and see what happens.
The music features lots of layered vocal samples which create a great atmosphere, presumably it’s more suited to accompany a dark room?
I don't think there's a particular setting my music is suited to. I'd much rather it affected someone on a personal level, and if that means they want to hear it in a club then so be it. Maybe this is what 'night bus' is all about!? Basically, so long as someone is enjoying it, it could be played in a tree house for all I mind.
Let’s leave all this talk of night buses behind us. Everlone, tell us about the samples.
With sampling I never set out looking for things to use, pretty much all the samples in my tracks are things that I've stumbled upon and have ended up being exactly what I needed. I always start a track with a melody rather than a beat too, so it helps when your starting point is something you've found and really enjoy.
Next time I'm on the N1 I know what to listen to. The EP is coming out really soon and will feature his own vocals. He promises it will be an interesting offering. Look forward to it.