Posts Tagged ‘Suicide’

Interview: Rachel Zeffira

October 28, 2013

Hear an interview with Rachel Zeffira tonight on Echoes

Rachel Zeffira Live on EchoesRachel Zeffira is a former operatic soprano who now vocalizes in caressing whispers. She makes an enchanting and haunting dream pop, telling tales of suicide and lost love, placing it all in a chamber music setting. She doesn’t like to reveal the meanings of the songs on her album, CD of the Month The Deserters, but she does, on Echoes.

Highlights:

On her hushed singing style:  I’m singing in a completely opposite way to what I did in opera.  I couldn’t be doing things more differently and I was quite loud as an opera singer.

Rachel Zefirra - The Deserters

Rachel Zefirra – The Deserters

On her honesty: It’s so embarrassing telling you all these lies.  I mean, you’re, you’re not gonna believe a thing that I tell you after.

One the lie that got her group, Cat’s Eyes, into the Vatican Church:  I wrote to the Vatican and I said we were a visiting choir.

Something true about “Letters from Tokyo”: And then they got detectives onto it and stuff and eventually they found that the mom had, had jumped off a cruise ship and died.

Something more true:   If I can’t be honest in my music then I’m really screwed, so this album had to be honest.

Hear Rachel Zeffira’s full interview tonight on Echoes.

Read a review of Rachel Zeffira’s The Deserters and hear several tracks.

Below, watch Rachel Zeffira’s video for The Deserters.

Rachel Zeffira’s group Cat’s Eyes, at the Vatican:

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Echoes Podcast: Rachel Zeffira’s Dissembling & Suicides

August 2, 2013

Hear the Echoes Podcast of our interview with Rachel Zeffira.

Rachel Zeffira Live on EchoesRachel Zeffira is a former operatic soprano who now vocalizes in caressing whispers. She makes an enchanting and haunting dream pop, telling tales of suicide and lost love, placing it all in a chamber music setting. She doesn’t like to reveal the meanings of the songs on her album, CD of the Month The Deserters, but she does, on Echoes.

Highlights:

On her hushed singing style:  I’m singing in a completely opposite way to what I did in opera.  I couldn’t be doing things more differently and I was quite loud as an opera singer.

Rachel Zefirra - The Deserters

Rachel Zefirra – The Deserters

On her honesty: It’s so embarrassing telling you all these lies.  I mean, you’re, you’re not gonna believe a thing that I tell you after.

One the lie that got her group, Cat’s Eyes, into the Vatican Church:  I wrote to the Vatican and I said we were a visiting choir.

Something true about “Letters from Tokyo”: And then they got detectives onto it and eventually they found that the mom had jumped off a cruise ship and died.

Something more true:   If I can’t be honest in my music then I’m really screwed, so this album had to be honest.

Hear Rachel Zeffira’s Interview in the Echoes Podcast.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

Read a review of Rachel Zeffira’s The Deserters and hear several tracks.

Below, watch Rachel Zeffira’s video for The Deserters.

Rachel Zeffira’s group Cat’s Eyes, at the Vatican:

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WavesRachel Zeffira’s The Deserters was an Echoes CD of the month. This month’s pick is Melorman’s WavesSign up for Echoes CD of the Month Club. With the Echoes CD of the Month Club, Follow the link to the Echoes CD of the Month Club and see what you’ve been missing.

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Interview: Rachel Zeffira

July 30, 2013

Hear an interview with Rachel Zeffira tonight on Echoes

Rachel Zeffira Live on EchoesRachel Zeffira is a former operatic soprano who now vocalizes in caressing whispers. She makes an enchanting and haunting dream pop, telling tales of suicide and lost love, placing it all in a chamber music setting. She doesn’t like to reveal the meanings of the songs on her album, CD of the Month The Deserters, but she does, on Echoes.

Highlights:

On her hushed singing style:  I’m singing in a completely opposite way to what I did in opera.  I couldn’t be doing things more differently and I was quite loud as an opera singer.

Rachel Zefirra - The Deserters

Rachel Zefirra – The Deserters

On her honesty: It’s so embarrassing telling you all these lies.  I mean, you’re, you’re not gonna believe a thing that I tell you after.

One the lie that got her group, Cat’s Eyes, into the Vatican Church:  I wrote to the Vatican and I said we were a visiting choir.

Something true about “Letters from Tokyo”: And then they got detectives onto it and stuff and eventually they found that the mom had, had jumped off a cruise ship and died.

Something more true:   If I can’t be honest in my music then I’m really screwed, so this album had to be honest.

Hear Rachel Zeffira’s full interview tonight on Echoes.

Read a review of Rachel Zeffira’s The Deserters and hear several tracks.

Below, watch Rachel Zeffira’s video for The Deserters.

Rachel Zeffira’s group Cat’s Eyes, at the Vatican:

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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Choose either a one time $1000 or on-going $84 Monthly PaymentSupport Echoes by becoming a member of the Echoes Sound Circle.

Think of the great artists you love on Echoes. Think of the informative interviews and exclusive live performances. Then, think of a world without Echoes. You can make sure that never happens by becoming a member of the Echoes Sound Circle.

Echoes is a non-profit 501(c3) organization just like your local public radio station. And all donations are tax deductible. You can support Echoes with a monthly donation that will barely disturb your credit card. 130528_Echoes

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Hammock’s Echoes Interview Podcast

January 11, 2013

Hammock Talk About their ShoegazeEpic Departure Songs in Echoes Interview

Download the Hammock interview on iTunes.

Depature SongsHammock doesn’t sound like your typical band coming out of Nashville.  There isn’t the sound of country twang.  Instead, Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson mix twin guitars awash in distortion and reverb spread out over landscapes that can shift with the subtlety  of a desert or open up like a mountain top panorama.  They’ve just released a double CD called Departure Songs.  It was an Echoes CD of the Month in December, #2 on the Listener Poll and #1 on 25 Essential Echoes CDs for 2012.  It’s an album that takes on weighty themes, including death and suicide.  But there’s also light at the end.

Looking at the cover of Hammock’s new CD with its ghostly angelic figure on a dark shrouded landscape, listening to the deep, layered music and the blurred and muffled lyrics of loss, you might wonder if you’re supposed to be depressed when you hear Departure Songs.

“That’s up to you,” laughs Marc Byrd, one of the two composers and guitarists in Hammock.  “It’s definitely a big record and the themes are big too. It’s not just a big sound.  I think a lot of it was you know, our house, mine and my wife’s house was flooded in 2010 and we made shortly after that an EP called Longest Year.  And that was just dealing with that year because my stepfather died suddenly that year, a friend of ours who did some orchestration died right before that.  And then shortly after that our house was flooded.  So it’s definitely got that theme running through it, but I also think that it has a, a redemptive quality to in a sense that it’s our way of dealing with the darkness is creating some beauty out of it.

That’s a pretty big assignment to fill, but Hammock does it on their double CD, Departure Songs.  Hammock has been making deep, ambient guitar orchestrations since their debut album, Kenotic, 13 years ago.

Both Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson emerged out of the Christian music scene and a band called Common Children. Even then, they sounded more like My Bloody Valentine and The Cure than Christian bands like Reliant K and Jars of Clay.  As Hammock, they’ve explored pure ambient spaces free of overt rhythms and melodies. But they’ve also recorded anthemically driven themes that that surge in glorious crescendos of reverb and rhythm.  On Departure Songs, it all comes together in an album that ups the rhythm and aggression.

“We kept getting these comments about how Hammock is amazing, I’m going to sleep to Hammock tonight, I’m going to study to Hammock tonight,’ laments Byrd. “We wanted to make a record that some tracks you just you know, if you were sleeping it would wake you up.

You can hear Hammock’s complete interview in the Echoes Podcast.

Further Reading: Hammock Swings Out 2012 with CD of the Month
Hammock Not Swinging, but Soaring

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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Hammock Swings Out 2012 with CD of the Month

November 29, 2012

Ambient Post-Rock Avatars Transcend their Roots

Hear Hammock interviewed on Echoes Tonight 03/06/2013.

In an immersive experience where time loses meaning and there is no up nor down, it takes a quantum physicist’s sense of time and an astronaut’s sense of space to navigate.  Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson are neither scientists nor pilots, but as Hammock they negotiate similar terrain in their sea of deep ambient guitar, enveloping washes of echoes, and intricate, shifting melodies.

On the double CD of Departure Songs, Hammock finds the center in the swirl whether it’s in the ambient expanse of “Cold Front” with its arpeggiated guitar balanced on forlorn cellos and reverb swirl or the following “Ten Thousand Years Won’t Save your Life”  with its pounding drums and echoing female chorus.  Each track on Departure Songs is an epic excursion, with languidly arcing strings merged into shimmering reverb, and delay-dipped guitars that contrast with charging drums and reverb-drenched screaming guitars.  Beneath all that, listen for the uplifting brass on some tracks, the layered cellos of Matt Slocum on others and the angel-in-a-storm vocal choruses of Marc Byrd’s wife, Christina Glass Byrd. This is an album whose subtleties unfold with each loud listen.

Hammock emerged seven years ago out of a rock group called Common Children, who, if they hadn’t been marketed as a Christian rock group, they would’ve fit snugly between bands like Slowdive and The Cocteau Twins.  When they formed Hammock, they shed the Christian imagery in favor of instrumental landscapes, sometimes purely ambient on Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow;  often bringing in a rock energy on their 2010 Echoes CD of the Month pick, Chasing After Shadows… Living With Ghosts.  Departure Songs is the most aggressive Hammock release to date with hellbent forays like “(Let’s Kiss) While All The Stars Are Falling Down” with its driving bass ostinato and swooping slides underpinning a chaos of guitars and whirlwind drums..  Yet, even here, there is still beauty and melancholy in their music.

Departure Songs is a meditation on the brevity of life.  You may not be able to glean that from the reverb soaked and submerged  vocals on the six vocal songs, but it becomes clearer when reading the printed lyrics included with the CD.   “Tonight We Burn Like Stars That Never Die,” contemplates our existence against the stars that outlast us while “Words You Said… I’ll Never Forget You Now” is one of three songs exploring the pain of suicide.

Yet, rather than an album full of sadness and loss, Departure Songs is more about embracing the life you have now.  And it’s done in symphonic dimensions, just with a lot of electric guitars in place of orchestral strings.  Hammock has pulled out all the stops, along with every stomp box  you can imagine, to create a definitive album.

Echoes will interview Hammock about Departure Songs Wednesday night, March 6.

~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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Lola Dutronic Does Suicide (the band, not the act)

January 10, 2012

I came across this charming video of Lola Dutronic singing Suicide‘s “Keep Your Dreams.”  It’s a long way from “Ghostrider” and “Frankie Teardrop.”

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