Resistance is futile, surrender yourself to the atmosphere. Everything will be fine in the end. With Insect Ark, the debutante Dana Schechter, is slowly but surely morphing us into intellectual beings. Earlier, she’s also worked with Bee and Flower and M. Gira’s Angels of Light project. She’s got her base of operations Brooklyn. To be frank, she’s already released a 7¨ titled “Collapsar” on Somerset Records. However, she’s releasing her first EP, titled: “Long Arms” which feature swirly doom-passages, calmly oriented ambient, naive drones, a hint of sludge and noise rock – with a tip on the iceberg dedicated to the jazz-induced hallucinations that simply wants to shape you up. Experimental is the codeword, avant-garde is the common denominator. You’ll be indicted into the world of Insect Ark after you’ve listened to the EP, she will never let you go once you’re hooked on this wonderfully eclectic music. The EP itself can be bought for 11 USD over at bandcamp and you can listen through it down below. See you at the opened gates down below.
The wonderfully extravagant band The Shifting Sands are premiering a new music-video for their song “Worth our While” from their debutalbum “Feel“. So you’ll be the first to view this video, created by Veronica Brett. This band is a part of the wonderful micro-label Fishrider Records, which you’ve heard a lot about on this blog. It’s about time the band released their second full-length album, which will arrive later this year. There’s also some information about the background of this fascinating animation. You can read it down below:
‘Worth our While’ turns up the amps and distortion, firing off a salvo of fuzzed out guitar perfection. In addition to Mike McLeod’s overdriven lead guitar and vocals and Tom Bell’s bass, the song features Robbie Yeats (The Verlaines, The Dead C) on drums and Jay Clarkson (The Expendables, Breathing Cage) on rhythm guitar.
The 185 seconds of ‘Worth our While’ by talented young Dunedin graphic artist Veronica Brett is made up of an average of about 18 frames per second, all hand drawn (minus probably 1000 frames of looping), meaning roughly 2330 individual drawings! It’s the first music video she has made.
The Shifting Sands are planning the release of their second album this year and another, even more ambitious, animated video from Veronica is underway for that.
In case you want to, you can also listen to the track down below and download it, from Soundcloud.