They keep attacking the riff they’re building on though, giving it more of a sense of a push, but then let it dissipate. And it was like, oh my god, did we die on the plane on the way over here?” The band went out to play, “and as soon as J. Matt [Greenberg] put the horn to his lips, the crowd erupted, literally just ‘YEAH!!!!’”. We had countless, countless, countless recordings like that. This is going to be a disaster.’ So I was steeling myself for the worst.”, The band was trying to get themselves psyched up for what they thought would be a bomb when the promoter, YiQi Liu, came backstage. “That’s a great point.” Tokle nods. We’re used to playing small local clubs, 150 to 200-person capacity. 36 likes. The song transforms into something with a clear certainty. The Moon & Antarctica Turns 20, Holy Hell! In the wake of A Rain of Bombs, Well Placed, Prisms spent a great deal of time performing.After the band relocated to DC and had a few member changes, the 11 songs on Whale Fall began to take shape.. Then he added the phrase to the record in post-processing, long after the original music had been recorded. “Maybe best-case scenario we play a show for a hundred people, and maybe make a couple of new fans.” They had zero expectations, Greenberg agrees. Bass sounds play out gentle notes as noise starts to march forward from somewhere behind the fragile percussion. Gradually the band build into something bigger but keeping things from overflowing. Because in the past, we’d done something similar where we just threw up a Zoom and just recorded something on that. Manukyan took a similar improvisational approach to that of the band. …, We have reached the halfway point of 2020. Whale Fall themselves were bemused, but game for an adventure. Guitar staccatos, flute appears joyously and trumpet sounds out triumphantly. Whale was a Swedish Rock band, formed in the early 90's by Henrik Schyffert, Cia Berg, and Gordon Cyrus. Percussion picks back up. First of all, I think conceptually it’s a really beautiful idea that if you are applying your skills to a structure, and you’re authentically engaging with a piece, it’s going to become what it was meant to be; it is going to become itself. It’s not that it sounds happy, but it’s just easy on the ears; gentle, soft and caressing. Suddenly a form of beauty reveals itself as that which was there gradually flows away, leaving little remaining. True Places 2. After that what may or may not be It Will Become Itself‘s centrepiece: “El Caracol”. Sound remains restrained, though much of what is going on feels like a suggestion of increasing mass and intensity. The small-club Los Angeles show drew an enthusiastic crowd, but their announcement that, in 2019, they would be playing a tour of China was met with polite disbelief. --- And I think because we’re all so in tune with one another, we have a very uncanny ability to catch changes and to catch dynamic shifts and to catch rhythmic shifts. It Will Become Itself 2. Whale Fall is an instrumental quintet from Los Angeles, California, that has been writing music since their debut in 2011 with a self-titled album that is both energetic and melancholic. Ezekiel Rodofili November 9, 2020. A quick writing about @karmeljage, Eternal 283: We got back, and first of all played it for the rest of the band. Swagger 6. I was like ‘Dude, ok, huge amps, drum riser, giant room—it’s gonna be empty. Careful strums wobble around a loose percussion flow; piano plays and controls the melody whilst adding a wistfulness to the proceedings. As “A Street Scene” drops out, “Pacific” fills the void. Ezekiel Rodofili So on this release we were saying, ‘Let’s just try to keep this raw and keep it as close to the point of inception as possible.‘ And it wasn’t intended to be a record. We were recording ourselves live to multi-track. Internally 284: On the sea floor, these carcasses can create complex localized ecosystems that supply sustenance to deep-sea organisms for decades. J-Matt Greenberg is reaching the final cornet tones in ‘El Pistolero’, and you can hear a pin drop. With music streaming on Deezer you can discover more than 56 million tracks, create your own playlists, and share your favourite tracks with your friends. Quiet builds, then sounds akin to oceanic creatures form in the distance. “This was us setting up our studio, and we were very excited about the fact that for the first time we had it where everything was mic’d up and we could record ourselves practicing in real time just to get the ideas down. Nevertheless, it bears the influence of the trip in several ways, including on the title. There’s a build and rise in noise and it creates this weirdly loud, but warm and rather peaceful din. What did happen “met and exceeded completely every dream I’d ever had of ‘rock stardom,’” Tokle says. Beijing, Spring, 2019: Whale Fall were about to play their first live show in China — and they were horrified. It’s perhaps a little too much on the melodramatic, but opening Whale Fall‘s It Will Become Itself with the dramatic “It Will Become Itself” feels appropriate. As Greenberg recalls it, “Leticia [Greenberg’s wife] and I were walking around Beijing the day of our first show, and we happened on a Buddhist temple. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Whale Fall is an instrumental group featuring traditional rock instrumentation interfused with more pastoral strokes of piano, brass instruments, cello, and a touch of analog synth. The result of all this immediacy and freshness can be heard on Friday, March 27, 2020 when the exquisite It Will Become Itself is released on vinyl, CD and digital here. It all starts with a lonesome piano. 2. We all come and take a peek out of the backstage door and the club is filled, filled to capacity. “We’ve done that as long as we have been a band. We would just record them and just leave them alone on the computer. Sites: Wikipedia. Gradually the percussion gains volume and greater clarity, as does guitar when it finally higher than other sounds. The Apartment 5. Specially The Madrean (2014) offers wonderful journey of … /// When you know you’re being recorded, you kind of get inside your head a little bit. A variety of styles of guitar (including Vazin, Tokle, and Dave Pomeranz) and percussion (Aaron Farinelli) are often responsible for this sensation. We are never going to judge an idea until we’ve fully explored it.”, Which is not to say the album is pure improvisation. The drama, whilst still prominent, changes shape. Percussion slowly and gently comes in to caress, as does trumpet. Now what feels like an “off” reflection of the earlier calm section plays out. Violin comes in to meet the piano as it makes some notes stick out and strike at the heartstrings. Whale Fall: It Will Become Itself. We provide a safe space for ourselves creatively. Your email address will not be published. “We walked into the club, and it was a 700-person capacity big room. In part, this was thanks to Liu, a tireless promoter, who brings bands such as Slowdive to an enthusiastic Chinese audience. Asunder 4. It Will Become Itself wasn’t formed in their usual manner, but it captures better some of the natural interactions of the group. It Will Become Itself - Full Album Sequence We inadvertently recorded this album, titled It Will Become Itself, the evening of June 4, 2018, during one of the rare times all five of us were in Los Angeles. Reservoirs 7. Whale falls were first observed in the late 1970s with the development of deep-sea robotic explorat… Tremolo sounds flicker in and out before once more peeling back. It cannot last, however, and instead of letting it grow too large, once more Whale Fall pull back before making their next approach. “The Well” is much smaller in scope. One that came on our radars mid-year though and never left was Sondersongs by LA-based post-rock quintet Whale Fall.Mixing lush, contemplative and horn-filled instrumental compositions with more driving, groove-based post-, the band manages to hit many … The lonesome trumpet finds a moment to speak out and paint the scene a little more; a scene of walking out into the night street after it recently saw rain. This is unlike in shallower waters, where a whale carcass will be consumed by scavengers over a relatively short period of time. And it literally was just lost for six months. Sondersongs by Whale Fall, released 26 June 2018 1. There’s a reach through a thin veil of smoke and thoughts seemingly mean to turn inward rather than outward. I’m thinking the promoter is going to feel like a jerk, he’s gonna be so pissed. Sustantivo 10. Whale-fall ecosystems were first studied in 1988 by a team of researchers at the University of Hawaiʻ i, led by Craig Smith. A long, laborious process of mixing and decision-making—the band makes all musical decisions via consensus—followed. However, the two sections feel like a natural fit to each other. A fistful of transcendent punk ballads and gothic anthems. Gears shift and build quickly on this new setting into something a bit more murky and menacing. Listeners will find the same characteristics in The Madrean , which has in it a multitude of sounds so it can be the soundtrack of every moment of your day. Often Whale Fall sound like they drive toward a common goal of making the music move. A brief drop away and a little more softness, then crunchy guitar comes back in. This is a comforting and relaxing melody. Shadow of the Vampire Turns 20, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Death House, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Santa Jaws, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Stalked By My Doctor: The Return, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Deadcon, USBM: A Revolution of Identity in American Black Metal: by Daniel Lake, The Ministry for the Future: by Kim Stanley Robinson. A few repeats and the piano joins in, mimicking itself a little from the prior track. Greenberg explains, “No one had any thought that anyone else would hear it but us. The imperfections added rather than taking away.” Over the next year, the band took the … Secondly, with our experience in China being that we had no idea what we actually were in China, and then to sort of become what we became—which was, I’d say, a fairly successful performing entity—that really resonated with me.”. And then Tokle went back through in December [2018] and discovered it and said, ‘This is great, this might even be worthy of an album.’”, The rest of the band thought so too. A Street Scene 5. And you know we’re great friends, too, which is really helpful. They have two albums and both of them are great. Once the piano also away a little bit of guitar and strings over ambient washes remains. Outside sounds start rising and become shaped, but never quite get there; at least, for a little bit. It all starts with a lonesome piano. “It will become itself” reverberated so strongly that Tokle got a Chinese friend to record himself speaking the phrase in Chinese. I think it’s his best playing as far as anything we’ve ever released.”. Every show was sold out or close to it. In the Whale spent the summer and fall of 2014 touring alongside Guttermouth , Jane's Addiction and The Presidents of the United States of America . WHALE FALL come from Los Angeles, California and have recently unveiled their second album called “The Madrean”, an eight-song instrumental story of the Madrean Region of the American Southwest. 619 Followers, 402 Following, 141 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Whale Fall (@whalefallband) Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals.They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises.Whales, dolphins and porpoises belong to the order Cetartiodactyla, which consists of even-toed ungulates.Their closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses, having diverged about 40 million years ago. Eventually Whale Fall switch to something that implies an impending bigness. Whale Fall’s tracks 01 It Will Become Itself by Whale Fall published on 2020-03-12T00:03:37Z There’s a bit more of a liveliness, perhaps based on the idea of… well… a scene on a street. Members: Cia Berg, Gordon Cyrus, Heikki Kiviaho, Henrik Schyffert, Jon Klingberg, Jörgen Wall [a11124] Artist . Black Emperor Toe The Evpatoria Report El Ten Eleven Sneaker Pimps No Clear Mind Oh Hiroshima Lack Of Afro Kenoma Sigur Ros Toundra Lite A Winged Victory For The Sullen Kwoon The Seven Mile Journey Boris Te Wang Wen A Silver Mount Zion The Pirate Ship Quintet Do Make Say Think Young Widows Dirty Three Silver Mt. It was that good. He’s going to bring us over and we’ll play some coffee shops for five or 10 American expats.” But the band decided a free trip to China could be fun. Onsen 3. “‘My name is Liu, I represent a record label [in China] called Weary Bird Records, and I would love to bring you guys over for a China tour,’” Tokle recounts. “We felt like the Beatles. The music for Whale Fall’s upcoming fourth album, It Will Become Itself, was recorded before that epic China tour—nearly a year earlier, in June of 2018, even before the album release show for their third album where they had announced the trip. There’s a sense of the scenery here; perhaps it is the representation of being on a beach and staring out, bitter and burned out. Whale Fall is a band from USA. Depth of Field 12. So we all kind of let our guard down, we threw caution to the wind. His playing is much freer, much less restrained. The album was nearly an accident. Whale Fall excel in creating a sense of motion. We get together in our studio and just jam, and generally when we are writing, our writing process is [to play] a riff or two, and then present a musical problem and see how we’re going to solve it. ReJack101: Don't read this drivel. A dance continues onward and gradually grows in intensity and menace as it rolls and shifts into something more direct and grand in size. Guiding it all the percussion becomes a little fuller, but pulls back to allow room for other sounds. Kodiak 4. As Tokle puts it, “Much of our work on the previous three records is very considered; in some cases I would say overworked?”, Tokle: “Yeah, a little overwrought. From something formless shape is provided and the percussion guides through what feels like unknown territory. She also sings/writes songs/records music under the name Huge Shark. 2:09 PREVIEW Dream Awake. Pacific 6. Here the main melody of “Pacific” returns and shifts. Earlier this year @itssarahwolfe, Old Man Gloom: Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being. We went back in the studio and said, ‘This is great as it is, but can we enhance it, can we kind of get a hybrid best-of-both-worlds?’ And so there are overdubbed trumpet tracks, there’s some overdubbed guitar—in contradistinction to our other albums where Tokle plays a little bit of guitar on very particular songs, Tokle plays a lot of overdubbed guitar on this record. “And you know, you get an email like that and your first response is ‘This kind of sounds like nonsense.’ I figured this guy’s got a little label, he’s probably selling 20 CDs a year. Tim Brinkhof wrote about the narrative, The 281st tempo: Erik Tokle, the band’s voluble bass player, recalls the moment. 2014 Preview SONG TIME Fail-Safe. Erik Tokle, the band’s voluble bass player, recalls the moment. If music can paint pictures in the listener’s mind, then this must be one of the most interesting masterpieces in the world of cinematic and instrumental music. The Well 4. Once more it wrings as much emotion it can out of its notes. Descent - Mobile Scavengers - Enrichment Opportunists 2. We went in and they were having a ceremony, and we made a little audio recording of part of it. El Caracol 3. Then once more the building energy shifts into something else. That they do so in so many different ways is a measure of their genius. The way I look at it is, we’ve got the trilogy of the big three records; this is kind of like ‘Rogue One.’”, Greenberg laughs. I’ve played in a lot of groups with a lot of different musicians, and for my part, this is the most in-tune group of guys I’ve ever played with. Bob Dylan’s 20 Best Songs of the ’90s, Bob Dylan’s 20 Best Songs of the ’80s, Bob Dylan’s 20 Best Songs of the ’70s. At the end of 2018, the band played a rare concert to celebrate the release of their third album, Sondersongs. The warm noise falls away and now all others play in some sort of unison. We’re used to … Greenberg explains, “This was maybe the second or third time we played any of those ideas…we had three basic structures we knew we were going to weave in, but we didn’t know when, we didn’t know how, and we didn’t know where.” Once the recording had been unearthed and selected, they added to it. Whale Fall is an instrumental rock band based in Los Angeles, California. A Street Scene 5. Additionally, at quite a few points Whale Fall could go for the big riff and do the expected. Music Reviews 0 6 min read. At all possible times they don’t; here they’re more interested in their music holding depth over having superfluous crescendos. Edit Artist ; Share. Perhaps this is a reflection on the title track, though perhaps putting the emotional wight in a different context and a sharp suit. And finally, in early 2020, the album became, well, itself. Black Emperor, Grails, Tortoise and Mogwai. 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It started with an email. During the first two years, scavengers pick the carcass clean at a rate of 88-132 pounds per day. El Llanto en Llamas 8. Sulfophilic Bacteria A whale carcass which has drifted to the bathyal or abyssal zone serves as a thriving and ever-changing oasis in a desert of nothingness. A sense of elation takes over and celebrates, if only for a moment, for it too must disappear. At the end of the tour, we were like, ‘I don’t ever want to play the States, because if we play the States, we’re going to be in a broken-down van, playing for a couple people, maybe get a hot dog before the show.’” On the China tour, the band travelled on a chartered bus, feasted on excellent Chinese food each night, and spent a couple of hours signing autographs after every show, with the young audience members telling the band that Whale Fall (the band’s first release, in 2011) had been the first post-rock album they had ever bought. Whale Fall. Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2013!! Instead it is cacophonous, texturally brash. Julia, Train, Slow Down 8. Greater context forms, more surfacing, more stuff becoming clear. Considering the repeated musical motif(s) recontextualised as required and the transitional nature of the songs, it makes sense and is all the better off for it. A brief writing about Jesu's 'Never', Sound 282: She has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology. They also decided to bring in some guests. Cast Against Type 6. Click 9. “I got out front and there was a line around the block, like, around the block, packed, jam-packed. Tokle says, “We actually just considered keeping it to the core five, and we went back and forth and said, ‘It really doesn’t sound like a Whale Fall record unless there’s cello on it, and we really like saxophone, we should probably get Daniel there…’” Enter Artyom Manukyan, a session cellist, “one of the best cellists in L.A.,” and Daniel Rotem, who adds tenor sax and flute. 2018 was a wild and exciting year for post-rock with just an incredible number of high-profile releases and unexpectedly fantastic ones. That field recording isn’t the peaceful chanting an American audience might imagine. It becomes very nonverbal. “And I don’t know how many guys were playing hand cymbals,” Tokle adds. Formed in 2008, … Either that or perhaps Whale Fall are presenting themselves as a sad bar band. Whilst it begins quiet, it does not stay quiet. It Will Become Itself by Whale Fall, released 27 March 2020 1. You Go Up, I Go Down 11. They really loved the sound of it, and then Tokle was able to weave it in the way that you [can hear on the album].”. Pacific Whale Fall's It Will Become Itself is a lush, cinematic and fully improvised post-rock record that draws from Godspeed You! The song grows more into the shape of jazz, but once it reaches a required point, some sounds gradually pull back and make room for space. Between the Buried and Me: The Silent Circus, Bargain Bin Babylon: Earth, Wind & Fire: All ‘n All, Bargain Bin Babylon: Henry “Buzz” Glass: Square Dance Variations Volume I, Bargain Bin Babylon: Robert Cray: Strong Persuader, Bargain Bin Babylon: Lemon Jelly: Lost Horizons, Discography: David Bowie: Black Tie White Noise, Holy Hell! “The musical negotiations (of improvising) gave rise to particular unexpected and beautiful moments. 1 talking about this. The post-rock scene in China developed around the same time as Whale Fall’s first album came out. Whale Fall by Whale Fall, released 06 February 2011 1. And we walked out on stage and there was a five-foot-tall drum riser for Aaron. Whale Fall : Whale Fall,álbum, crítica, lista de pistas, mp3, letras Slight shift and the horns become more frantic, the percussion much more tense. It will Become Itself is based off a thirty-eight minute improvisational jam. After listening “a little bit” to the album, he simply began playing along as though he had been in the original jam session, then improvised a second track on top of his first. Engineered and Mixed by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studio, and Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, Whale Fall finds the band expanding and exploring their sound. But it was also possibly serendipitous timing. The lonely piano returns with all the weight of drama that it carried before. We’re going to be playing for 10 people.’ I felt horrible. Percussion keeps everything steadily moving forward. Beijing, Spring, 2019: Whale Fall were about to play their first live show in China — and they were horrified. By day, she’s a senior IT director at the University of California. “This was an advanced version of that. The music is “moving” and they help to provide direction in that movement. A light flickering of sound at the edges, then percussion makes itself known. Holarctica 5. Whether this was intentional or not, it’s something they pull off successfully as overall It Will Become Itself flows well; really well. It Will Become Itself by Whale Fall, released 24 April 2020 1. The band earned the opportunity to open the Denver installment of 2014’s Riot Fest and got to play at noted Regional Music Festivals like Treefort Music Festival and The UMS. And you can really, really hear it, especially in Aaron [Farinelli]’s [drum] playing. The Sondersong 9. “I’m guessing,” Tokle hazards, “that our first record came out at just the right time to catch something.”. The song fades in its guitar noise as a fuzzed out warmth for which cleaner guitar builds on and plays over. “Absolutely no idea what was going to happen.”. El Caracol 3. Go listen. I think I understand why this section is in “El Caracol”, but I’m not sure if Whale Fall are trying to articulate the plight of gastropods, express the history of a structure at Chichén Itzá, describe a whale fall in a joyously sombre manner, or if they’re just being self-congratulatory. Valerie writes music reviews, articles and crime, horror, literary and SF short fiction, and edited the literary journal Grasslimb from 2002-2020. The resulting effect is, surprisingly, almost industrial in nature, adding to the breadth of genres discernible on It Will Become Itself. Before going for the expected crescendo Whale Fall instead pull back. Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2014!! Dave [Pomeranz] did some overdubbing, Ali [Vazin] did a little bit.”. Editor & Co-Runner Culture Eater | Host of Podcast Eater (The Culture Eater Podcast). Five Years Later: The Best Music of 2013! The song relaxes and eases itself into the quiet, and It Will Become Itself ends. This Cat Has No Moral Compass 10. Marketplace 1,618 For Sale. Some melodic falls that fit in nice and snugly for as long as necessary. It crashes on the beat and recedes. The loss of a loved one can often be the beginning of an inward journey that can be both empowering and deeply reflective. Horns sound out, announcing the arrival of something massive. The Well 4. Old County 7. We walked into this place, and I remember turning to [drummer Aaron] Farinelli and going, ‘Dude, this place is going to be empty. Suddenly a shift into “A Street Scene” with very little fanfare or smoothness; It just kind of happens. Your email address will not be published. Smith and Amanda Demopoulos later estimated that … “We walked into the club, and it was a 700-person capacity big room. It’s perhaps a little too much on the melodramatic, but opening Whale Fall‘s It Will Become Itself with the dramatic “It Will Become Itself” feels appropriate. “There are a number of overdubbed tracks by all of the original band members except for drums. “Yeah, it’s ‘A Whale Fall Story.’”. “This was not recorded as demos for an album, much less an album or anything like that,” says Greenberg. “It’s kind of like where you know you’re being filmed; you kind of put a front on to a certain degree. Whale Fall successfully created It Will Become Itself from a single improvisational session. Recording as pure rehearsal had allowed them a freedom that their album work had lacked. 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Another fragment from the trip also became part of the album. Whalefall by Culled, released 14 April 2019 1. Tokle elaborates, “I met an artist in China, and we were talking about process, and what they told me was, ‘You need to listen to the piece and it will become itself.’ And to me that was a real resonance with the way that this [music] kind of came about, on several levels. The fact that we literally turned the tape on and just played—we were loose, we were in the moment. Whale Fall - Listen to Whale Fall on Deezer. Whale Fall (2014). A whale fall occurs when the carcass of a whale has fallen onto the ocean floor at a depth greater than 1,000 m (3,300 ft), in the bathyal or abyssal zones. 1.