Chillwave is not a forgotten genre, and it is easy to imagine why this Parisian electro-pop quartet, Dead Sea wants to treat their music as ‘Turbo Chillwave’. It is a hybrid of Shoegaze and IDM. Their saturated beats and spacey beats simmers deep in your skin, while a female vocalist Caro puts a spell on you with her soulful melisma. We have caught up with the band to talk more about their background, inspirations, and the meaning behind their latest single, “Keep It High”.
Hear Me Out: Dead Sea
Introduced by Charles, Feb 6, 2013
We formed the band with my brother Alex and my best friend Julien a full moon night on a desert island in Indonesia, approximately two years ago. Then it took us a while to find the female singer we were looking for. We finally met Caro at a psychedelic rock festival in Paris a few months back.
We’re trying to make what we imagine is the music of the future by using a wide variety of modern analog synthesizers and drum-machines, and lots of effects on the guitar. We call our music Turbo Chillwave because we consider it halfway between IDM music (Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada etc.) and rock music (My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive etc.)
In music: spacerock, krautrock, shoegaze, psychedelic rock and IDM.
In movies: “Enter The Void” by Gaspar Noé and “Melancholia” by Lars von Trier. We like movies with an hallucinatory aesthetic.
In literature: Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell.
In contemporary art: optical art (Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley), performances (Chris Burden, Joseph Beuys), James Turrell, Mike Kelley etc.
Any secret you want to share?
We did all the fractals of our website (www.wearedeadsea.com) with this fantastic tool:
Hear Me Out
This is the video for “Keep It High”, our first single. This track is about seeking answers on how to get out of that absolute confusion you fall into when you feel like nothing makes sense around you, and that you’re taken into a vicious circle where everything goes darker day after day.
Anything you want to add?
We may be in the soundtrack of the next Coppola movie. Fingers crossed.