UK’s synth-pop trio, Woman’s Hour has recently released a brilliant second album, “Ephyra”. One of the highlights “Don’t speak” is accompanied by a twinkling synth riff, with Fiona’s ghostly and processed vocal dancing around it. Check the video below.
What’s exciting about living in Germany is that those artists who are touring Europe hardly miss visiting Germany. Every day, albeit just the Day 2 of living in Berlin, I check out various websites to see who are coming. So far I put down Brendan Perry (from Dead Can Dance), Sharon Van Etten and Hot Chip on my notebook as must-see.
Moving now on to introducing a new album from our favourite sextet from Toronto, Canada. Their latest long-play “The Speech” is a collection of smooth, relaxing and mature synth-pop tunes. It also includes one of my favourite singles of the last year, “Ender”. Stream from a cute Bandcamp player from below.
Hey there. I have not updated the English version, well let alone the blog itself, for a very long time. But now that I have moved to Berlin (surprise!), I thought I’d give it another go.
There’s no better song to introduce the 2019 with a delightful collaboration between Australia’s Golden Vessel and Oscar Key Sung. Get ready to put your dancing shoes on. “VESSEL” will be featured in Golden Vessel’s upcoming debut album. Listen below.
Last February, I met Toko Yasuda in Tokyo. She is undeniably one of the key figures in the American Indie music scene, having (and have) played in bands such as Blonde Redhead, Enon, The Laps, St.Vincent and PLVS VLTRA as a solo artist, so I was very honoured and happy to get to know this lovely human being. Just like I casually did to Neon Bunny, Baths and Gold Panda, I gave her a disposable camera to freely take pictures of Los Angeles – a place where she bases herself in right now. Here’s what she saw.
Kumisolo’s latest album Kabuki Femme Fatale is out now via Flau
We are focusing today on Dublin’s synth-pop duo, SHIPS. A musical project of Simon and Sorca as SHIPS started in 2012. Continously releasing a strong suite of singles since 2012, the duo has finally released their debut album last May, titled Precession. We have spoken to Simon and Sorca about the making of this album and how the concept of the album, which was inspired by what was learnt throughout their life, the past and future.
By Satoru ‘Teshi’ Teshima, June 2, 2017
Hello! Very nice to meet you. How’s everything?
Hi, lovely to meet you, everything is well here for us in Dublin. Thanks for inviting us to chat.
We always ask artists this question. Please describe Ships in three words.
Sorca: Hmmm three? I’m not sure I have one that would do, Simon?
Simon: I’ll stick to empirical descriptions, Duo, suffix, journey
What’s the creative role between the two?
We write songs together and sometimes separately, and we record them here at our home, in Dublin.We both like to sing and play different instruments and we like to sit together and share production ideas, then try to make them happen, and we take turns making dinner.
We read that most recording is done in house. What’s your set up?
We have a small studio set up in the attic. It’s cosy, with a big sky light. There are some synthsisers, bass guitars, regular guitars and a few other odds and ends.
The music is recorded and mixed onto a computer and the rest is history.
You have been making music since 2012. How did it all start?
When we met we had an instant connection around our musical loves and we just took it from there. We’ve been writing and preforming together ever since. We’ve put out a few of singles over the years, each quite different, mostly just trying ideas out.
And in May, you have released your debut album. What took you so long?
We just followed the natural course of things, we didn’t rush in, and it happened when it was ready.
‘Precession’ is the name of the album and you said that this album draws inspiration from what you’ve learned in the past and what there is still to learn. Can you tell us why and how you reached to this concept?
Much of our experience of life is rooted in cycles. We are all part of our own set of cycles, from experiences, to emotional cycles and of course, intrinsically tied to the cycles of our planet, our galaxy and our universe. One of the beautiful aspects of experiencing something again and again, is that you get a chance to take with you what you learned from before, and add it to the experience, each time it comes around. Making each personal precession uniquely different, with something new to learn at every moment.
And how is it reflected in the songs featured in the album?
Each song speaks of parts of ourselves that have learned something along the way. They are as much a selection of songs about the self as they are about the experience of being human in general. They kind of speak directly from experience, none are abstract or have storylines, you might say they are upfront and transparant in this way.
I believe that by learning something new, you continue to discover more to learn. Do you agree?
Absolutely! Although at times it might seem daunting that behind every door is another door, it’s also very exciting!
What do you believe in music?
Music is a powerful evoker of emotion that cuts across barriers of language or understanding. Music is for everyone.
What’s next for Ships? Touring Japan anytime soon?
We would love to tour Japan, we’re drawn to your culture’s strong connection with the planet and respect for nature. We’d love to visit and play music there along the way!