Opposed to the buzzing Irish rock band spectrum of their recent tour mates Fountains DC lies Just mustarda collective of musicians whose slow-building atmospheric soundscapes on their new album heart under creating a sense of growing tension that never quite reaches a fever pitch like those of fellow Gilla Band, not to mention Fontaines’ post-punky catharsis. The band’s latest single “Seed,” meanwhile, revels in the same kind of loud, wild guitar work HEALTH was experimenting with at the dawn of its career as vocalist Katie Ball sings enigmatic lyrics shrouded in din. squeaky.
In fact, the word “atmospheric” comes up several times in the articles the band submitted with the playlist they designed as a list of musical reference points consulted throughout the writing of heart under. With a track list that reflects the diversity of influences clearly embedded in their unique sound – ranging from Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin to Death Grips to the compositional works of Luc Ferari and Mica Levi – the obvious guideline is each artist’s MO. atmosphere on the melody. .
With the new album dropping tomorrow, the five members have helped put together a collection of songs that have inspired them while writing heart under—stream it and read their commentary below, and pre-order the disc here.
Squarepusher, “I Wish You Could Talk”
Katie Ball: I really liked how, for a song without words, this song made me feel very strong emotions. I wanted the instrumental parts of the songs on the album to be able to do that too, matching the emotion in the lyrics but not needing it to convey anything.
Luc Ferari, “Didascalies”
David Noonan: I heard this piece for the first time in the score of the film The favourite and that really impressed me. The simplicity of the piece, the use of silence – as well as the sense of conversation between notes playing over each other – is something that influenced me when writing the instrumentation for heart under.
Mica Levi, “Love”
Weather Kaylon: I was trying to explore new sounds for the record and listening to composers like Mica Levi at the time. It’s one of my favorite of them. It was around this time that I started experimenting with the bow, and one of the sketches I wrote eventually turned into “23”.
Balam Acab, “Big Boy”
Rob Clark: It’s one of my favorite tracks. I heard it years ago at a house party and it’s been an inspiration ever since. I love every element of the track. The bass line and the weird atmospheric textures, the airy vocals and the slow, tedious drums. It’s very relaxing, but intense at the same time.
Electric Bowery, “Beat”
DN: I love the looping rhythm section and the textures found in this track. This was an early reference point for me on the power of repetition.
Boards of Canada, “Happy Cycling”
Shane “Mags” McGuire: Within the band, we reference Boards of Canada a lot (especially their debut album) when thinking about both the production approach and the songwriting as it relates to instrumentation. “Happy Cycling” is a great example of how to create a sense of space from minimal instrumentation to hypnotic effect.
Andy Stott, “Violence”
DN: The space and atmosphere created in this track perfectly encapsulates a vibe that I’m really trying to create in our music. The placement of vocals and bass in the mix also had a strong influence on our arrangements and mix choices.
Grips of Death, “Get Got”
CR: I listened to him a lot while writing the album. It’s very raw and visceral, but with attention to detail in the choice of sound and the mix that is so interesting and inspiring. I love how he has that quiet/strong dynamic that I love in bands like the Pixies.
Twin Aphex, “#3”
DN: This piece is one of my favorite pieces of music in the world. The extended chords washing over each other were a constant point of reference and inspiration for my guitar playing at the time of writing. heart under.
SM: I’m a huge techno fan, and Blawan is probably my favorite modern techno artist. The way the bass drum is often the central point of weight in his tracks definitely inspired the way I approached arranging and playing bass drum patterns in songs such as “Seed” and “In Shade”. – playing as if your right foot is weighted, leading to almost walking – like rhythms.