One In A Googolplex’s awesome new poppp jam ‘Lilly’ will hit the digital shelves next Tuesday. For now we’ve got a full stream of the digital 7″. Get on it.
Archive for February, 2011
Well, today is the day when we officially release Local Winds pop ambient debut In The World Of Ours…. There are a lot of ambient and noise releases coming out these days and it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff but Scott Dickson’s attention to detail, choice of sounds, and ability to make captivating tracks from minimal components make this a standout in the field. The tracks are like little daydreams or the short dreams that we used to have as kids when we foolishly made ourselves pass out for fun. In Eno’s liner notes to the seminal Music For Airports he said that “Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think”. Local Winds debut will do this and much more…..
Purchase a copy of the EP here (mini cd 7$, tape 6$, digital 5.99$).
As the Pythons say “and now for something completely different”. We are excited to announce that we’ll be releasing the phenomenal tape “Jours Avec Jennie” by the left field avant-poppp mastermind Zach Phillips under his GDC moniker. Hailing from the green country of Vermont, Zach Phillips has been steadily making a name for himself with his virtuosic piano and synth based tape explorations into what one his other labels (feeding tube records) has described as “an intricate and idiosyncratic world of private melodic symbology”. Known for his releases under the name Horse Boys, Sord, Nals Goring and lately Blanche Blanche Blanche, we are excited to be putting out the only record under the GDC umbrella, and what a record it is too! “Jours Avec Jennie” has been rightly called “one the best cassettes of the year and hands down the best pop record I have heard this year” and “this is a must hear!” by the astute blog Auxiliary Out. Recorded over a mere eight days and densely filling both sides of a c30, this is a lo-fi faux French masterpiece. It’s like a bootleg of a Smile era French version of Brian Wilson set loose upon the synths of Bernard Fevre with a head full of Scott Joplin and Thelonius Monk.
GDC’s “Jours Avec Jennie” will be out March 29th on a limited edition of 100 pro dubbed hi bias c30 tapes. Look for some samples and a pre order date soon. For now visit the site of Zach’s “non label, non press” OSR tapes dax bills.
For our latest installment of Alchemist artist interviews I asked the somewhat mysterious man behind Local Winds, a couple of questions. He kindly peeled back the layers of hazy synth pads and atmosphere to reveal some of his thoughts behind the sound.
Do you have an album or song that you remember from childhood that sparked your interest in music?
I became very interested in psychedelic rock from the late 60’s at a pretty early age. I guess because it sounded so unique to me at the time. It was mainly just all those classic psych rock albums as a whole that really got me thinking about music more. If I had to name one that had a big impact on me, early on, it would probably be Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It was that perfect combination of pop and strange noises that interested me the most.
Do you have any training or education on any instruments or are you more of a “non musician” music maker?
I do not have any formal musical education. Never took guitar or piano lessons, I just kind of taught myself how to play, decently, on the piano. I still consider myself in the learning process though.
How would you describe the influence of your environment on the types of soundscapes you create? The wind in particular?
I’m a big nature person. I try to go hiking, camping, biking, etc. as much as I can. Just love being outdoors. I kind of see Local Winds as the sounds I hear and interpret from a natural setting. That doesn’t mean it’s always woodland inspired. It could be the distant, man-made sounds that I hear sitting in my backyard or something like that and I see the wind as what takes in those structureless noises and carries them to other places.
What things have you been into lately?
I have been in a Spacemen 3/BlackDice phase as of late. Oh and White Flight. That dude is ridiculously taletned. I’m biased though because he is from Lawrence, Kansas where I spend a lot of my time.
Analog, Digital, both?
Definitely both. I always like to get the best of both worlds.
It’s a bit early in the game but what are your next plans for Local Winds? Are there any live shows in the works?
With Local Winds I just plan to continue to write more songs and progress that formula of short soundscapes for the short attention spans of today. There are not any live shows in the works currently but I hope to get that going soon. I have never actually done a real live set before. I’ve just performed for close friends and such. When the time does come I’ll be looking to enlist more people to perform with me. I don’t want to be that guy all on his own with just his macbook. I’ve been to shows like that and they get rather dull after awhile. I want to put on live shows that I myself would look forward to going to.
No Fear Of Pop has reviewed Local Winds upcoming ethereal Alchemist debut and they’ve also co-premiered (with dead as digital) the beat driven jam “Small Towns”. You can now stream the album here and pre-order it here and now that the cat is out of the bag, download Small Towns below. Winds surfing!!