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MUSIC REVIEWS: GRIMES / BEST COAST / POLICA / MAJOR LAZER / SPIRITUALIZED / SIMIAN GHOST
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Welcome to the frst issue of MARKER magazine, I basically started the zine to exibit music and art that I loved and I hope you will too. This month we bring you a great interview with exciting new electronic producer Luke Lount aka Girls on Drugs Also MARKERs travel cover the city of Rotterdam, we aim to bring you places off the beaten track which you should cosider visiting. We also have put some of the new records and films through their paces in our infamous review section. Enjoy reading Josh Gabbitas, editor
CON T E N TS
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We sent Ryan Renolds to speak to new up and coming elctronic producer Luke Lount under the alias of Girls on Drugs. He explains the writing process, future collaborations and also his recent signing to PAN records.
This months MARKER travel section is on the city of Rotterdam, Josh Gabbitas visits the city which was heavily bombed through the Second World War, but has rose from the ashes to become one of the most exciting cities in Europe.
REVIEWS: Full Album reviews of Grimesâ€™ Visions and Policaâ€™s Give You The Ghost. And the return of the readable reviews in a 120 words or less; Best Coast: The Only Place, Major Lazer featuring Amber of Dirty Projectors: Get Free, Simian Ghost: Youth, Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light and many more.
FILM REVIEWS: Wow! we are now doing film reviews also, the first film to be put under the miscroscopes is the geekathon that is The Avengers Assemble. But also Salmon Fishing in the Yeman and the new Bob Malrey docu-film Marley
GIRLS ON DRUGS
words by Ryan Renolds photography by Christopher Day York, February 2012
is a new musical project by Luke Lount, MARKER sent Ryan Renolds to meet Luke in his hometown of York
Girls on Drugs
words by Ryan Renolds
Hey Luke how are you? First of all tell us where the name Girls on Drugs came from? I am great! Well, The name was literally something i liked the sound of. I wish i could turn around and say... Yeah it has some deep, interlectual meaning, but it really doesnâ€™t. It just sounds cool.. i guess. You have a unique music style, which sounds incredibly refined how long have you been making music? Thanks alot! Probably around.. 4 years ago. I had been producing music a while, with no luck. I found something i enjoyed making through experimentation, and i stuck with it, until it became something i thought sounded.. right. Where do you take your inspiration from? Well it takes me up to 3 months just to write one song, so between the point of starting and finishing, i take inspiration from a collection of culture, friends, my daily life at work, people i meet ...... recreational drugs (laughs) When you are producing the music do you have the beat in your head (the songs your going to sample e.g) or is it a complete random creative process? Well, i lay down the track first, then when it comes to bringing in my chosen sample, i work it in different ways, sometimes it falls into place with what i expected, sometimes it goes a completely other way and i love it
Name two people you would love to collaborate with, they can be dead or alive? Chino Moreneo of the Deftones and Jeff Buckley.. that would be perfect. For no reason more than I love the music they have made! Wow! Thats two very different people and musical styles Yeah well I have always had massive variation in the music I listen to, I listen to songs of all different types of genres I have never really stuck to one type of music. Like a few years ago I was in a metal band and now Iâ€™m making electronic music, so you could say I am really open to new music and ideas. So you have just signed to the Leeds based PAN records, tell us about PAN and how this came about? I had about 5 songs on my Soundcloud page and they were getting really well recieved and I got an email from Mark at PAN, and he basically told me that they were intersted in publishing an EP with me. So i jumped at the opportunity. PAN is only a real small label at the moment they have 5 recording artists on their books including me. But I love that because we are all friends and the vibes are just bouncing between us. Its great! When is the EP expected to be out then? (Laughs) I knew you were going to ask me that, I astually dont know yet my parts are all down and
You just spoke about Soundcloud, how important are these new tools to establish yourself? They are so important, a few years ago it seemed to be Myspace but now more and more people are using Soundcloud, its made for musicians by musicians. When I first started out I uploaded songs onto my page and within a week I would a mass over 500 comments mostly just complimentary but some positive feedback and even offers for colabs! I love it though its almost like a community of loads of different types of musicians. What artists do you enjoy listening to within electronic music? Well I have been exposed to alot merely through browsing Soundcloud, but probably stuff like Jacques Greene I like his mellow deep house melodic stuff from the Another Girl Ep, also I like Purity Ring they are cool, and also Jamie XX, I loved the XX and his stuff is just perfect! Finally Luke, where do you see yourself in 5 years time? (Laughs) I donâ€™t know what will happen, well hopefully I will be still making music I enjoy to make because at the moment I love what I am doing. The people at PAN are not demanding or anything so when the EP does come out I may take a short break and then work on something new. I want people to pick up my music and just chill and enjoy it thats why I made it and thats how I made it. I hope I will play more shows and maybe even some festivals that would be cool.
ROT TER DAM
THE THE Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ ‘second city’, was bombed f lat during WWII and spent the following decades rebuilding. You won’t find the classic Dutch medieval centre here – it was swept away along with the other rubble and detritus of war. In its place is an architectural aesthetic that’s unique in Europe, a progressive perpetual-motion approach to construction that’s clearly a result of the city’s postwar, postmodern ‘anything goes’ philosophy. After the Second World War the city of Rotterdam had the rare opportunity to re-establish itself and develop the city into a modern and succesful European metropolis. The city has been labelled the city with no heart due to the destruction of the city centre by the Germans in 1939, but this however is no longer true. R’dam as it is known by some
words by Josh Gabbitas
CITY OF FUTURE natives, has a thriving culture to rival any European city of the same size. In the centre you will find a vibrant mix of bars, restaraunts, cafes and shops which are set amongst Manhattan like skyscrapers which dominate the surrounding skyline.
Rotterdam’s infamous ‘anything goes philosphy’ Rotterdam has a crackling energy, with superb nightlife, a multicultural community, a gritty arts scene, and a clutch of excellent museums. It also has a long-standing rivalry with Amsterdam. And when Rotterdam unleashed its extreme form of techno, gabber, on the world in the early ’90s, one of its most enduring targets was Amsterdam: an early gabber single was memorably titled ‘Amsterdam, Waar Lech Dat Dan?’ (‘Amsterdam, Where the F*** is That?’).
I dont know much about city planning but I imagine most city planners would like the situation R’dam had post-war. The citys infastructure is at the very cutting edge of modern technology. It doesn’t just boast the second busiest seaport in the world but a fast reliable metro system amazingly inspiring architecture which makes cities like Berlin look like a postcard from the past. Rotterdam has always lived in the shadow of Amsterdam but in recent years it has lured more and more tourists to expirience the new cultural capital of the Netherlands and maybe even Europe. The laid back attitude of the Dutch has always allowed the tourism sector to flourish in the country and the city is reaping in the rewards of a new wave of arty folks who seek the same inspiration that Willem de Kooning absorbed in the city. Rotterdam has an incredibly bright future.
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reviews Grimes: Visions (4AD Recordings UK)
After a short and snappily robotic intro reminiscent of something Aaliyah might have recorded with Fever Ray, single Genesis kicks things off. Boucher’s exquisite falsetto rolls over simple synth melodies, thudding bass and crisp beats more at home on a pirate radio station. Oblivion, another brilliant single, is next and is a perfect companion piece to Genesis. It’s got a future-pop beat, a verse melody that sounds like Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now and a whirling synth that could well summon carsickness . Things take a swift left turn on Eight, a terrifying Cocteau Twins-go-dubstep number that will may have listeners sleeping with the light on for a fortnight, before hitting the album’s best tune. On Circumambient Boucher sings, “Oh baby I can’t say / That everything is okay,” while a beat seemingly stolen from 90s Prince and echoing, overlapping synths fight it out for sonic supremacy. Vowels = Space and Time includes more vocal acrobatics , but pulls right back from the darkness
POLIÇA: Give You The Ghost (Memphis)
and gleams like a daytime radio hit in waiting, before Visiting Statue is Madonna’s Live to Tell reinterpreted by Little Dragon at their most mischievous. Boucher freel y admits that Colour of Moonlight is built on the When Doves Cry beat, but it is a fine song in its own right. Later, N ightmusic ( featuring Ma j ical C loudz , aka Devon Welsh, Bouch er ’s boyfriend ) is big on sinister atmosphere yet never portentous. There are lots of great ideas bursting out all over V isions. It ’s an essential culmination of Boucher ’s hard work in creating a mysterious yet distinct and exciting musical identity. It combines the vocal and textural brilliance of Braids’ N ati ve Speaker album with the punch of contemporar y underground dance music.
Grimes: Visions out 09/03/12 in UK on 4AD records. 4ad.com/grimes music
Poliça — Gayngs producer instrumentalist Ryan O lson and singer Channy Leaneagh — get a shitload of mileage out of that ver y strange brew. O lson weaves impressi vel y psychedelic synth tex tures, and the show - stealing rhythm section ( drummers Ben I vascu and D rew Christopherson, bassist Chris B ierdan ) summon thick , echoing caverns of ghostl y muscle. B ut G i ve You the Ghost is onl y as transfi x ing as its singer. Leaneagh has an emoti ve, heart - w renching voice, but it ’s swaddled in Auto Tune, half - way between a w ink and a revelation. Most of the time, it ’s the latter : on “ Lay Your Cards Out ” ( featuring backing vocals from Bon I ver side- dude Mike N oyce) Leaneagh sounds like a late- ’ 9 0s dubstep - sampled di va gloriousl y fighting for ai r in a blinding weed fog . She plays that role a little too well — about halfway through the album, her j itter y soul runs start recycling themsel ves,
and the once - spooky AutoTune loses its ethereal luster. “ Dark Star ” is a v ictim of melodic stalemate, despite its blaring Phil Collins – esque horn charts and Neil Peart tom - tom flourishes. At least in this case, repetition breeds cohesion : even when Leaneagh treads water, O lson and com pany refuse to cease thei r alien sonic stranglehold. The gang have produced an absolute gem in G i ve You The Ghost though it has ever ything needed to make it a successful album to establish the band w ithin the overconcetrated alternati ve genre.But if you like this album don ’ t expect another in quick succesion as this one took almost 5 years to write and produc but it was definatley worth the wait, I must say that.
Polica: Give You The Ghost out 12/05/2012 UK on Memphis Industries
120 Best Coast, The Only Place out now on Witchita Recordings ( US)
words Major Lazer feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors, Get Free is out now on V2 Records
Best Coast: The Only Place
Major Lazer: Get Free feat. Dirty Projects
Where Best Coast’s 2 010 debut, Crazy for You, stacked fuzzedout garage guitars and girlgroup vocals into a low -fi blaze, the indie -pop duo’s follow-up sounds way richer – with shades of Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield and Dolly Parton in frontwoman Bethany Cosentino’s vocals. Fiona Apple and Kanye West producer Jon B rion helped the band take advantage of L. A. ’s Capitol studios, where everyone from the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra cut classic sides. The new sound suits emotional tunes including “How They Want Me to Be” and “Better Girl,” about the pressures of indie celebrity. “When I fi rst got successful, wow – people got mean !” says Cosentino. “These songs are the sound of me picking myself up. I wanted to get this off my chest and sing my heart out.”
Major Lazer are sti rring back into the life. D iplo and Switch recentl y confi rmed plans to record some reggae / Dancehall cuts w ith Snoop Dogg, with an album scheduled to be released later in the year. However this is far from the onl y collaboration Ma j or Lazer have been attempting . The duo recentl y hit the studio to record w ith D i rty P ro jectors’ Amber Coffman, who supplies guest vocals over thei r production. And what you get is great Ambers vocals give the punch that they were missing . This relase shows a more mature and proffesional side of production after stepping up from Pon de F loor which was commerciall y success ful but damaged the two producers reputations, who do consider themsel ves serious and the future collaboration is where we w ill the see the best work from the duo. words by LE
words by JG
or Simian Ghost, Youth is out now on Playground Records (UK)
Simian Ghost: Youth Do the Scandinav ians have tech nology we are unaware of ? Why is it they can get such a cr ystalline sound, it ’s like audio in glacial form. S imian Ghost are clearl y party to the secret pact, thei r new record is a w istful set of indie tunes that are cleansed from any possible pollutants : distortion, feedback , background noise, lo fidelity. The bright instrumentation, worked by the Swedish three - piece, is often guided w ith the glistening electric guitars w ith the treble on high. Yet however lightl y these songs may travel, they do possess a reflec ti ve nature – it means they sidestep the twee trap more often than not. And when the mi x is right, like on the perfect piece of heavenl y pop that is The Capitol, you are led somewhere quite special. B reaking between celestial harmonies to a solitar y vocal line outfit. words by L L
less Spiritualized, Sweeet Heart Sweet Light is out now on Domino Recordings
Spiritualized: Sweet Hear Sweet Light Thankfull y, P ierce isn ’ t bummed about his situation. Far from it. I nstead, he pushes through his plight, w ith yet another of fering drawn from his trinity of transcendence: love, drugs, and God. From its opening moments, in fact, Sweet Heart packs in one of Pierce’s most impressi ve works yet. “ Hey Jane” is a nearly nine-minute B ritpop throwback in two parts : The fi rst bit grooves until it quickl y collapses into itself, while the second part takes fi ve minutes for a dramatic, James B rown -style rise from the ashes, w ith P ierce haunting the titular woman: “ Hey Jane, are you gonna die? ” Sweet Heart is shot through with this sort of wooz y awareness of mortality, draped in P ierce’s signature simple - yet - lush orchestrations. words by C D
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