Tuesday, 10 March 2020

EPHEMERALS · THE THIRD EYE










Ephemerals

The Third Eye

Label: Jalapeno Records


10 JAN. 2020

















Wolfgang Valbrun – Vocals
Thierry LeMaitre – Saxophone
Maria Chiara Argiro – Piano
Hillman Mondegreen – Bass
Romarna Campbell – Drums

‘The third eye’ es el cuarto álbum de Ephemerals donde fusionan estilos que incluyen jazz espiritual, psicodelia y palabra hablada, para transmitir una identidad inconfundible. El núcleo del trabajo se basa en las composiciones honestas e incisivas de Hillman Mondegreen combinadas con la entrega vocal inconfundiblemente emotiva del cantante Wolfgang Valbrun.

Experimentar con técnicas de grabación y mezcla para ilustrar los conceptos artísticos detrás de las canciones
ha sido clave en el carácter general del disco. La panorámica completa se usa para agrupar sonidos e instrumentos específicos a izquierda y derecha para transmitir los lados masculino y femenino dentro de la pista como dentro del individuo.

El primer y segundo álbum de Ephemerals los vio pasar de una banda de soul que suena muy clásica a una que estaba dispuesta a abordar temas difíciles como la depresión y el suicidio. Según Valbrun: "la banda tuvo que matar su primera encarnación para convertirse en la banda que son hoy", anunciando claramente en su tercer álbum sobre la reencarnación y el renacimiento, comenzando con la frase "la muerte es el comienzo".

La banda ha evolucionado exponencialmente en el transcurso de estos cuatro álbumes, y continuamente van más allá de los límites de las ideas de género tradicionales y atraviesan territorios musicales inexplorados.


the third eye’ is the fourth album by ephemerals and sees them build and develop the work they started on their Alice Coltrane inspired record – ‘egg tooth’ as they continue their ever-evolving musical journey.  

Fusing styles including spiritual jazz, psychedelia, and spoken word, to convey an identity that is unmistakably their own. The core of the work is built from the honest and incisive compositions of Hillman Mondegreen combined with the unmistakably emotive vocal delivery of singer Wolfgang Valbrun. 

Experimenting with recording and mixing techniques to illustrate the artistic concepts behind the songs has been key in the overall character of the record. Hard panning is used to group together specific sounds and instruments to the left and right to convey masculine and feminine sides within the track as within the individual.

The first and second ephemerals albums saw them transition from a very classic sounding soul band to one that was willing to take on difficult subjects including depression and suicide. According to Valbrun: “the band had to kill their first incarnation off to become the band they are today”, announcing it plainly on their third album about re-incarnation and rebirth – opening with the line “death is the beginning”.

The band has evolved exponentially over the course of these four albums, and they continuously push beyond the boundaries of traditional genre ideas and traverse unexplored musical territories.



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