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SBTS – Fall Of The Summer Heart by The Foreign Films

To be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Fall Of The Summer Heart. The first thing that caught my attention was the length of the track – almost 13 minutes!

I had assumed that the time would be somehow occupied by a chorus or bridge on repeat, steadily wearing itself away. What I encountered however, was something else entirely.

A musical masterpiece, with an eight part song cycle. A full year’s worth of songwriting and inspiration was packed into this. I have never heard this much diversity in a single song since the legendary Bohemian Rhapsody (not a comparison I use lightly).

Here are the titles of all eight parts:

I/Maze of Your Heart
II/Silver Tears of Rain (My darling dear)
III/Star Gazing
IV/Fall of The Summer Heart
V/She Disappeared
VI/Victoria (Miss India)
VII/Lost At Sea
VIII/A Ghost of Myself

With us today is Bill Majoros, the man behind The Foreign Films 

-Mark

 

One morning after playing a show in England I awoke from a rather hazy, soft focus dream.

 

An imaginary record seemed to haunt my sleep! I sang and mumbled all but forgotten fragments of melody into my “tape recorder”. Random foggy images of came to mind as well. Blackbirds, ghosts, a maze, heart broken lovers, a fortune teller, an abandoned amusement park at Crystal Beach, being in my Dads old car listening to a neon jukebox style radio as summer fades to autumn.

Again bits of sonic colour, melody and rhythm.

 

Days later I listened to the total nonsense I’d recorded! Like an archaeologist of the subconscious I began to piece these ideas together note by note. Connecting the dots from the past to the present. The result is the 13 minute single “Fall of the Summer Heart”. I’ve always loved  song forms that shatter the mirror of traditional structure. My dream did this for me! I guess you could call it a song cycle, or a dream sequence.

Songs within a song.

 

 

As far as recording goes I’m very lucky to have a supremely talented group of musicians/friends around me. I think of music in very cinematic terms,telling stories with sounds and musical colour. Because I’m a multi-instrumentalist I’ll lay down the basic drums,guitars,keys and lead vocals. Bass and recording wizard Carl Jennings plays a giant role throughout the journey. Kori Pop,a wildly creative musician, brings the track alive with her magic vocals!

 

When Bill calls me in to contribute vocals to Foreign Films material, I am always game. Because he has such a creative and solid sense of harmonic structure, it ends up being a singers playground! First, I listen for any instrumental hooks that vocals may be able to pull out even more. Secondly, I see if there are any obvious harmonies to add to his main vocal part. After these bases are covered…it’s time for the real fun!! When working on Fall of the Summer Heart, I tried to imagine my vocal parts as characters in scenes from a movie. Carl Jennings is a serious mastermind when it comes to producing vocals – he inspired vocal parts that I never would have imagined – like the weirdly charming  “tralala’s” in Part V/She Disappeared and the tribal “ooh la la’s” in Part VI/Victoria (Miss India).

– Kori Pop

Kirk Starkey adds brush strokes of technicolor strings to heighten the emotional themes of the lyrics. Tim Allard and Marie Avery add additional keyboard and organ textures and sonics.

 

 

Records are, funny enough, records. They’re a snapshot, a time and place. Musicians, technology and emotion-interwoven, entwined, tangled together..forever. If you listen deep they may just let you step into another world, an alternate universe of sound where you to can almost time travel. They weave a web from yesterday to tomorrow. Records can allow you to freeze in time a lost love or a distant summer. If you’re a song writer you can live in the moment and create a soundtrack to your own life in real time.

 

The Foreign Films new LP “The Record Collector”  is the story of a girl who  obsessively collects music. Her dreams, fears, journals, calendars, friends and lovers all corresponding with a tapestry of 45’s and LP’s. The seasons cycle round as her records spiral round. The album blurs fact and fiction, the real and surreal, the conscious and subconscious.

 

Look for the new LP

April 2014

The Foreign Films-

The Record Collector

theforeignfims.com

 

– Bill Majoros

 

 

#NowPlaying Sea Salt by Slow Bird

 

I wrote the lyrics to Sea Salt about a year after being laid off from my job as a research technician. I had just started playing music again in a band and was working in a bar. My friends and family were concerned that I wasn’t moving forward, despite my efforts to find another job in my field. It was incredibly frustrating to live in an economy where I was told there would be jobs & I could afford to have debt to obtain an education, & have that promise left unfulfilled. I had plans laid out for myself. I didn’t know where I was going or how I was going to get there. And who do you blame for this economy? Me? My parents? The baby boomers? Capitalism? It turns out that patience paid off because now I am here doing what I love, but at the time it felt very hopeless. 

The song is not to me about giving up but waiting it out and seeing what lies ahead instead of trying to control your future. Change is inevitable… people should stop trying to resist it or they will end up stuck in the past filled with regret.

– Jennae Quisenberry, Slow Bird

 

http://slowbirdband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Bird/153850758016262

Conversations // Post Black Metal with Aurélien Di Sanzo

I’ve recently stumbled upon some really great music by The Last Days, a post black metal band. I was somewhat surprised/disappointed at the lack of information on this particular genre on the internet. So I decided to investigate further. That was when I found Aurélien Di Sanzo, administrator of several post black metal band pages on Facebook. Here on IndieVerse, he provides some really great insights into this often misunderstood genre.

I’ve chosen one of the more sedate tracks for you to listen to while you read this article. Just hit play on the music widget below

-Mark

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Post Black Metal enthusiast

 

First of all, could you introduce yourself to our readers?

 

I’m Aurélien from France. I’m the guy who created the first post black metal community on the Internet (http://postblackmetal.forumsactifs.com ). Years ago, I’ve also created some fan pages dedicated to the first post black metal bands : Shyy, The Last Days, Onryō and Sun Devoured Earth. I’ve also interviewed a lot of bands (Alcest, Les Discrets, Falloch, The Last Days). At the very beginning, it was a really underground style and I did my best to promote it over the internet. I guess I somehow dedicated few years of my life to post black metal, I’ve been in touch with an incredibly amount of post black metal bands. Nowadays, I’m not the only one, as post black metal almost became a trend. It’s not so original anymore to say that you’re playing in a post black metal band and, as a matter of fact, a lot of bands are copying the others.

 

 

How would you define Post Black Metal? What sets it apart from other genres? And what do you enjoy about it?

 

That’s a complicated and tricky question. I will divide my answer in different paragraphs.

Historically, you have to know that the “post black metal” tag was used by a journalist to qualify the first Amesoeurs record, which dated back to 2009. Almost every one agreed to say that post black metal emerged from France which is not entirely true. To me, the Australian band Austere was playing a kind of post black metal few years before. Same idea with Agalloch from the US.

Musically, it’s a mix between black metal and post rock. Some idiots said that there also some shoegaze elements but it’s not really true in my opinion. From this, came all the stupid nicknames such as “blackgaze” and “shoegaze black metal”. I’ve even heard “romantic black metal” once, which I found pretty funny afterall.

Conceptually, it’s mainly about what I like to call “urban disease”. It’s a Baudelarian concept, taken from “Les petits poèmes en Prose” (1869). Lyrics are usually about empty streets at night, blurry neons, black and white perception, the feeling of being lost in big cities, the isolation of the self in the night, the fact that the city has not the same face during the day and the night. About this, Amesoeurs was definitely the first one to bring this urban image both in its lyrics and images. Bands like Lantlôs, Heretoir, The Last Days followed months later, even if they were already existing. There are lot of post black metal bands in Germany nowadays!

Its different simply by the fact that musically and lyrically, it deals with opposing feelings: black metal and hatred, slightly misanthropic atmospheres mixed with the beauty of post rock, the poetic and quiet feelings that you can feel at night. What I like the most is that there is a a complete coherence in post black metal: you have images which illustrate the lyrics and the music. It’s so artistic. Concerning this artistic approach, I want to add that it’s obviously Alcest who brought this to the table, releasing beautiful artbooks with very high quality images, conceptual lyrics and almost esoteric music. Even if Alcest is not a post black metal to me, we can definitely say that without Neige, we would have never heard post black metal or, at least, not in the same way.

 

 

Name some of your favourite bands in this genre

 

Lantlôs, Heretoir and Infinitas from Germany. Amesoeurs, The Great Old Ones and Je from France. Austere, Germ, Grey Waters (Tim is a true genius!) from Australia. The Last Days from Mexico. Apocynthion from Spain. Hypomanie from the Netherlands. Lately… I want to say Deafheaven from United States, they’re incredible.

Story Behind The Song – Meet Me by Animal Years

Meet Me –  The first single from Sun Will Rise, the latest album from Brooklyn based Animal Years

 

Mike McFadden, the driving force behind Animal Years tells us more about his song.

-Mark-

“Meet Me” was an easy song to write. Easy in the sense that I had the idea for the song and plenty of lyrical content to work with. Emotionally it was one of the most difficult songs to write because of the circumstances that were going on while I was writing it.

I was living in Baltimore last year when a song that I had written was selected to be in a huge ad campaign for Pennzoil. With the money I made I quit my comfy job at Johns Hopkins University and decided I was finally going to move to New York and be a musician full-time.

“Meet Me” is about relationships and leaving people behind for new adventures. Not only did I leave my job (which I loved) , I also left my family, friends, and a girl that I finally thought I could have a meaningful relationship with.

 

The lyrics are loosely based on my trying to convince someone to stay with me even though we would be apart most of the time, but also talking about the uncertainty of  picking up and moving to a new place with much uncertainty about the future.

Now that I’ve lived in New York for over a year, “Meet Me” takes on a much different tone for me when we play it live. I think more about the things that I’ve overcome, and am happy that I’m able to look back on what I’ve left with appreciation rather than regret. This excerpt is a great example of this, talking about how then I was upset with the situation but now have come to terms:

“I had half a mind to come back, you had a reason to let me in, but I had so much more to tell you way back then”

 

-Mike McFadden

 

http://www.animalyearsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalYears