“Microclimat is a project of free celebration in the public space. We set up in parks, forests, gardens, skating rinks, quays, squares, underground and wasteland in the Paris region, set up a decoration between fairgrounds, flea markets and more unexpected constructions, set up games and workshops for children, schedule mixes, live shows and sometimes concerts. The musical programming is mainly oriented house, techno and sometimes bass music when the party is at night, but also jazz, funk, rock, disco, reggae and songs in the afternoon.”
Listen here -> https://microclimat.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0DZLlen2M0KUdvyAFp9W4qNpKp5zzpzD6Fl_DGVsTKplxFjEIlMu60gYk
Like all the best bands, Automatic found each other in an organic way. Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met in the DIY band scene of Los Angeles and started jamming together in 2017. Over the last year, they have become an important part of the L.A. Club circuit, sharing the stage with bands like Surfbort, Wand and Flatworms. On 27 September 2019 their debut album “Signal” will be released on Stones Throw / PIAS.
Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins, the drummer of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, the art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13 years old. Halle and Izzy met in local bands in the northeast of L.A.; Izzy was a guitarist and singer, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Unimpressed by the masculine energy of the local scene and the rock music on the radio – “pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean” – Izzy changed guitars into synths and joined Halle and Lola in 2017. They called themselves “Automatic” after a song by the Go-Go’s – the only (!) purely female band that ever wrote and recorded an entire album that reached number 1 in the charts in the USA.
Automatics guitarless setup seemed to leave a void in the sound at first, but their interplay gave them strength and they took their place in the scene. Empowerment in the best sense. They refined their sound and, informed by Neu! and Suicide, combined their preference for dub reggae, motoric rhythms and gnarled synthesizers with their cinematic pop understanding. In collaboration with sound engineer and producer Joo Joooo Ashworth (FROTH), they started working on their GarageBand demos and their debut album.
Their first single “Calling It” captures the feeling of drifting in an endless space, tearing everything apart and starting anew. Elsewhere on “Signal”, songs speak directly from the band members’ experiences: “Humanoid” and “Too Much Money” are reflections on boredom, misfortune and the disappointing falsehood of social media personae, while the title track “Signal” is about “being trapped in the drudgery of a shitty life/job and realizing that no one but yourself will save you from it.” “Signal” is the title track of the band’s album. A shocking near-death accident in her apartment inspired Izzy to write “Electrocution” – an experience alluded to in the cover packshot, which shows a switch on a red background.
Izzy studied film at college and Halle used to work at the legendary video store “Kims Video” in New York, so it’s no wonder that the band also mentions film as an important influence on their music. David Lynch and Dario Argentos in particular have left their mark on the ambiguous lyrics and eerie atmospheres.
The red thread that runs through “Signals” is the feeling of fear and alienation, possibly one of the most formative experiences of the early 21st century: the feeling of being on the edge of the world. Or as Automatic put it: “The world is so fucked. I don’t know how a musician could say: ‘That’s all great.'”
aufnahme + wiedergabe presents:
Light Asylum (US / Mexican Summer) / Berlin outdoor summer intimate show
At once brutal and romantic, Light Asylum exists in that space where industrial gives way to goth, where the city meets the outer regions under the cover of night. Calling Shannon Funchess a commanding lead singer is an understatement; there is a heaviness and attack in her vocal delivery that is downright sinister. This is contemporary synth pop to a tee that comes to life during their revered live performances.
aufnahme + wiedergabe
Revaler Str. 99/Warschauer Str.
Come over for a latesummer session Friday and Italo Festival-eve in the beergarden with
Matt Paull Trio
Felix Barth – bass
Matt Paull – keys
Nir Sabag – drums
Die Königin Venezuela homemade Venezuelan streetfood
Italo Festival Berlin: https://www.facebook.com/events/223855605048693/
The Urban Spree Summer Sessions are acoustic live concerts that happen every Friday & Saturday late afternoon in our fabulous beergarden. We will host live performances from the best Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and street bands Berlin has to offer. After sunset we take the party inside for the MILK ME club nights with secret DJ’s to keep you dancing all night long.
Come and join us for smooth outdoor vibes with the best of Berlin’s street musicians, alongside selected local street food vendors varying each week.
Let’s celebrate summer together and see us in the garden!
TATTOOSHOP will be open by Amor de Madre #Berlin
[aufnahme + wiedergabe] presents:
Zola Jesus live
(US / Sacred Bones Records)
For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She’s been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label. Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova’s longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi’s textural universe. With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.
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