Trementina is a Chilean project consisting of Vanessa Cea (vocals), Cristobal Ortiz (guitar), Lucas Martinic (bass), and Andrés Yáñez (drums). We’ve loved Trementina’s delightfully noisy sound for years, but with the release of their newest LP, 810, they’ve eternally captured our hearts. 810 is a nimble foray into a more pop-oriented sound and the band’s fearless exploration paid off – this record is gorgeous and flawlessly executed. Each song sparkles with a radiance that feels new and different. We believe Trementina have found their true voice on 810. We couldn’t be prouder to share the following interview with Vanessa and Lucas of Trementina.
and when was the band formed?
Vanessa: It was formed four years ago
in Valdivia, Chile. We were really close friends, so one day the idea just came up to play the kind of music that we’ll never see in a live show in our
lives. Valdivia is twelve hours to the south of Santiago, the only one big city in
Chile. It’s difficult to get there for a concert, it’s expensive, it takes too
much time, and in 2013 shoegaze was a non-existent genre in Chile.
you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming
in the near future (new releases, tour, etc.)? Vanessa: Well, we’ve just arrived back
home from a tour in Mexico. We were supposed to have a tour in the States this
year, but immigration decided that it was better if we stood on the other side
of the border. It was wise advice, since we haven’t paid enough attention to
Mexico. We’ve just released our new album, 810, so this year is based on promotion and
touring. There’s going to be a couple of tours this year, maybe in Europe and
Japan. As soon as we confirm the dates we are going to announce it on our Facebook page.
you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or
any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that
the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in
music, in a general sense?
Vanessa: When we started, we felt
really proud to be named as a shoegaze band, because that was what we were
trying to do, bringing something “new” to our people. It’s kind of what you
have to do as an artist – amplify people’s minds by showing them that there’s a
whole new world to see. But now we want to have enough space to find ourselves
in our work. We don’t want to be a slave of something that doesn’t belong to
us. There are people who are surprised with our new record because it’s not
“shoegaze” enough, or in the ways that they expect it to be. But that’s exactly
what this is all about! If you want 30 years more of the same, you can just
lock yourself in a room with your favorite records on repeat.
"It's kind of what you have to do as an artist—amplify people's minds by showing them that there's a whole new world to see."
I’m not against “genres.” I think that classifying
music by genre is something very positive for the industry, because it helps
you to reach ideal audiences. It also helps the audience find and listen to
what they like, especially in this internet/over consume society. The problem
is getting stuck on labels as a musician, limiting your creativity just because
people think something about you and you have to give in to that.
Portland-based Sea Fuzz is the solo project of Ben
Heckler. In March, a resplendent LP entitled Sky Gazing
was released via Spirit Goth and
features eight shamanic beach punk tunes – highly recommended listening for
our lo-fi psych fans as we transition into the summer months. “Breeze” is taken
from this LP, and the video below is the last in a series of trippy and
colorful visual pieces that Heckler put together for the new album.
As I am writing this for a blog named after one of
Slowdive’s classic songs, this should be a rave review. And it is, to a point,
though I should caution that no album is perfect, even a really great one from
a venerated band that hasn’t released a record in 22 years. And that is a minor
miracle, so settle in and appreciate it for what it is: a wonderful and lovely
piece of work. I say brava to the members of Slowdive, and extend my
appreciation for the craft that went into this, their self-titled fourth studio
album. The band is touring right now in support of this album, so get out there
and see them if you can. You never know how long this might last, and the
chance to see a classic band is one that surely resides on every dream pop and
shoegaze lover’s bucket list. I will not bore you with constant comparisons to
their previous work, because what is the point really? Bands need to reinvent
themselves, not coast on past creations. And since I am a lesser Slowdive fan
(meaning I am not a fanatic), perhaps I view things more objectively. So let’s
get to the music, shall we?
The album opens with “Slomo”, a small wonder of a
tune, chock full of dreamy layers and acoustic guitar, all of it cocooning you
in a gauzy haze. Shimmering and trippy, it’s a sublime example of psych pop. I
love the gentle bass that carries it forward, and the way the vocals float by
like a marvelous daydream. It meanders for close to seven minutes, and I
daresay you will be totally blissed out by the song’s end. And may I say how
much I love Rachel Goswell’s voice on here?
“Star Roving” is the first single, and it’s a
strong effort. It has a solid hook at its heart, and contains all the dreamy
elements you could possibly desire. Listen to it loud with a good set of
headphones and you will find your head bobbing as it unfolds. “Don’t Know Why”
offers up vocals from sweet-voiced Rachel and is simply gorgeous. Neil Halstead
also sings here, and they both make it special.
“Sugar for the Pill” is the second single, and one
of my favorite songs on the record. It has a pastoral feel, and is the perfect
soundtrack for a picnic on a warm summer’s day. Dazzling and slow, it is the
band at its best. “Everyone Knows” kicks up the energy and revels in a shoegaze
lover’s paradise. The vocals are marvelous and the layers of guitar spin you
‘round in silken splendor. “No Longer Making Time” is another beautiful song,
and feels like another single to me. Great! “Go Get It” verges on space rock,
and it sure sent me straight into orbit hearing its atmospheric sonics. It is
another cool favorite of mine.
“Falling Ashes” is a bit of a puzzle, and
drastically different from the rest of the album. Cool piano washes over you
with notes falling like rain on your soul. It shows the band experimenting with
ambient music, and they do it well. Perhaps they should consider writing
soundtracks, for this is what I am most reminded of. It’s a peaceful coda to a
fine album from these dream pop pioneers. Highly recommended!
is the Indiana-based duo of Neil Burkdoll and Krissy Vanderwoude. The project
first began in 1999 as a 5-piece, and drummed up a healthy amount of attention
after releasing their debut album, now a cult-classic, entitled Setting
Suns are Semi-Circles. The band started work on a follow up album, to
be called Sleep to
Dream, but internal and external forces resulted in a dissolution of
the band when the album was 90% complete. The near-finished record remained
unheard until 2015, when Burkdoll rediscovered it on an old hard drive.
Energized and excited by the recordings, Burkdoll and Vanderwoude decided to
complete the album. Sleep to Dream
came out in February 2017 via the highly lauded shoegaze label Saint Marie Records. It’s an impressive and
beautiful recording that has garnered much deserved praise since it's release and will no doubt top Best of 2017 lists across the board. Enjoy getting to know the very talented Neil and Krissy of
and when was the band formed?
Whimsical was officially formed in the summer of 1999, but there was an earlier
attempt by Krissy and I to form the band in the beginning of 1998. I had been
writing the songs that would become our album Setting Suns Are Semi-Circles since
1995, but I had no band. I had moved back to Northwest Indiana in July of ’99
and Krissy and I knew we would form the band this time around.Our original drummer, Tim Fogle, was an old
friend from high school that we asked to join right away. We had trouble
finding a bass player so we placed an ad locally. Joe Santelik joined on bass
after seeing our ad in a music store. Mark Milliron went to college in Florida
with me and decided to move by us after we both graduated. He quickly joined
the band on second guitar and was in the band by the time we played our second
show. This is the lineup that recorded the first album.
By the time we recorded most of Sleep to Dream, Tim had been replaced
with Andy Muntean and Joe had been replaced by Brian Booher. Both of these guys
had previously played in other bands with me and it was only natural that they
join. The band fell apart in early 2005 while we were recording our second
album Sleep to Dream. We were just
burnt out and life had sort of gotten in the way by this point. It wasn’t until
early 2015 that I discovered the old hard drive that had the mostly recorded Sleep to Dream album on it. It was at
this point that Krissy and I decided to finish the album, as well as start up the
band again as a two piece. Saint
Marie Records signed us soon after and here we are today.
you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming
in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
Neil: Sleep to Dream was
released in Feb 2017 on Saint Marie Records. As a way to get our band name out
there while waiting for the album to come out, Krissy and I decided to record
an entirely different album consisting of covers and re-recordings of old songs
called Brought to Light.We have tried to release one song online
every 4-6 weeks over the course of 2016. This was a way for Krissy and I to
figure out how we can work on new songs while we live in different states.I have already begun working on song ideas
for around 12 songs so far, but it’s too early to tell how the next album will
sound. I’m sort of torn with the direction I want to go in musically for the
next album. I’m sure it will figure itself out somehow, but you can hear the
new song “Had I Known” on the Alternative
Facts compilation that DKFM just put out. There are no plans for
touring, as we aren’t a live band anymore, but there is talk of maybe a one-off
show in Chicago later this year.
̷acts: A Shoegaze Resistance Compilation by
Beyond excited to exclusively premiere a new
video from the Danish dream pop artist Keith Canisius. We’ve been fans
of his for over a decade, starting with his mid-aughts dream pop project
Rumskib. He started recording under his own name a few years later, and our
love for his output only intensified. His most recent LP, 2016’s We Are
The Dreamers, is an aural joy to behold. “Milky Way” is taken from the
aforementioned LP, and his new video for the song merges visual bliss with sonic
bliss, resulting in an all-out blissfest that we recommend everyone immerse
themselves in immediately.