We have been a fan of Role’s mysterious aesthetic. Following their debut album How Distant, the London by way of Barcelona group is back with a new EP titled Blurry. Absorbing elements of Dream pop, Witch House, and Trip Hop, they have polished their ethereal sound. It’s ghostly and thrilling, but at the same time, inviting. Stream the EP below.
Kansai’s witch-house outfit, Eadonmm has recently unveiled his 8-minuite new track, “Jeux Interdits”. It might remind you of the silence/explosion combination and solemnity of Ben Frost’s amazing “By The Throat“. Grab for free from the widget below.
Osaka/Kyoto is a place where young electro producers gather and share their musical talents. And here is Eadonmm, possibly the only witch-house beat-smith that surfaced before my very eyes. He is finally releasing his debut album, Aqonis via Daytripper, and this is the trailer/new video for “Gothic Anamnesis” directed by Tetsuya Fujimoto.
Kyoto-based witch-house, drone producer Eadonmm recently shared a new track, “If You Melted” As the title suggests, it is full of frightening, almost zombie-awakening sounds that can make you shiver up in Halloween themed nights. If you are around Kansai area next week, make sure to check him out on the area’s most important electronic dance party, INNIT.
Holy Other, oOoOO, the Haxan Cloak, AlunaGeorge…you can’t deny the NY-based label TriAngle has tons of great talents in the witch-house and drone field. Now here’s something new. NZ producer Fis, aka Olly Perryman is debuting on TriAngle with the new EP, Preparations on November 11. Listen to “DMT Usher”. An unsettling white noise blows a cold wind, while robotically inorganic and stark rhythm keep on going relentlessly.
Noah is a Nagoya-based songwriter who was originally born in Hokkaido, Japan. Her single “Winter Moon” which was released last winter is an impressive work that brings together her minimal production of pushing sounds to their utmost extremes along with her beautiful melodies that feature her own singing voice in the forefront. After participating in Cokiyu’s Remix Series, she released a split album from Flau Records with 19-year-old producer .SELA from California.
With a penetrating chill that recalls long winter nights, enveloped in moody ambient sounds, Noah herself becomes transparent as she utilizes her voice as an instrument. For the final track of the EP, “Do You Remember,” she sneaks in classical piano sounds throughout the song, which she is said to have become accustomed to in her youth. The highlight is “you’ll come”, which elegantly fuses together R&B and trip hop, producing a very unique soul for her work.
Through an e-mail interview, we were able to ask the rising electronic artist about the reason for her unit name, her opportunity for releases, and her goals as a musician.
Focus: Noah By Satoru Teshima, April 21st, 2013 Translation by Nicholas Etheridge
I used the “no” of noise and added the first initial of my name “a” to get Noah. At the time I was listening to a lot of noise music. Simple as that.
What was it that gave you the opportunity to go on to do music? I heard you said you wanted to be a DJ when you were a university student.
I guess it was from my friends saying how much they liked the music I made when I showed it to them. I got to the point where I am now because it made me happy and I gradually began to make more music. One day I thought I’d really like to try and write a song that could be used by a DJ. I thought if could hear my music play at the club how great it would be. So after that, I started to want to study more about DJ stuff and dance music. But it’s not that I wanted to be a DJ or anything. At a point, I understood to a certain extent what I wanted, and ended up devoting my time to making music and gave up on DJing. Now in my free time I just DJ at home and have fun.
When did you begin composing music by yourself? What was your track like for your first work?
It was about 3 or 4 years ago, I guess. It was a song I made inspired by Brian Eno’s music. I wrote the song while I was thinking about a baby that wasn’t born yet. It had a calm melody.
How did you get to where you are now with your music?
Basically, I will listen to anything. As time passes, I’ve come to experience many kinds of music, and with what I know now about the diversity of music, I truly think my feelings about music have expanded. A big part of it, too, is that I came to listen to music while making more links to images and sceneries. The result of that is who I am now. With that kind of meaning in mind, I feel like I am transforming my sense of music through what I am seeing and listening to.
In many media outlets, you’ve been described as a Witch House singer/songwriter, but how would you express Noah’s music in your own words?
Hm… maybe “lyrical” music. It’s definitely not science music.
Is there an artist that you think resonates?
Jean Phillipe Verdin. His sense of esthetics really touches my heart.
The way your voice almost transparently unifies with the beat is impressive. Have you always liked singing?
Thank you. I like singing. But, I’m not at all aware of myself as a singer or anything. I work with it the same way as a synthesizer and use it to color the overall tone of my music.
Can you tell us the details of how you came to release with SELA from Flau?
One day the boss from Flau made me listen to one of sela.’s songs. The way he used space in his music made a big impact on me, so I really wanted to incorporate that kind of component (technically speaking) in my own works. Well, I quickly made something, titled it “sela.” and showed it to him (without any hesitation) After that, sela. seemed to like it, and he said he wanted to do a split with me. That song, now called “Dune”, actually appears as a first track on the EP. The title had to be changed though since people might find it difficult who the producer was. (laughs)
I’m still keeping in touch with sela. even though the project has finished. I feel like we’ve created some kind of bond between us while making this record. It’s fun talking about music with him. We talk about how great it would be to do something together again. I love sela.
Tell us some albums that you often listened to last year.
Jean Philippe Verdin – Flexion/F me Music for Dior homme (Fcom),
SELA. – Unthought – EP,
Coyote Clean Up / SELA. – Split
Newworldaquarium – The Dead Bears (I’ve been listening to them for several years now)
Other than music, what else do you enjoy?
I like getting lost in my thoughts in a quiet place. On rainy days, I would gaze outside when it becomes night. I like seeing the street lights reflecting and the city sparkling. It’s like I’m remembering some past life or some long forgotten memory. But I can’t recall.
What is your goal as a musican?
To write a good song that I can play with just a piano. If I could do even one song, that would be my goal in life, I think.
You might think that there’s a limit with playing only on a piano, but I feel like the music I really want to listen can be done on a piano keyboard. The work I’ve been doing now is all about connecting it to that. I want to absorb all kinds of music and challenge myself until I can come upon a song that is romantic and think I can’t do any better than this.
Noah x Sela: Split is now available to download at Flau’s Bandcamp
Nagoya, Japan based producer/singer songwriter Noah is scheduled to release her split EP with American producer SELA (known for her work with Kitty) via Flau Records. Following a forlorn “Dune“, she put out another single from the EP titled “Do You Remember?”, which is now available for free download. A beautiful, classical sound of piano sinks in a witch-house infused soundscape, flowing very calmly. So lovely.
oOoOO recently launched his own label Nihjgt Feelings, apparently. Prepping his debut LP Without Your Love, which is scheduled to be out on June 24, a witch-house producer put out a new single “Stay Here” featuring the vocalist M.L.