Welcome to our first newsletter of 2019! We have several announced and un-announced releases coming this spring, the first of which are the new The Curls single "Isn't It Funny" and the new Alexander Carson (of Wooden Arms) single "Colour" and album "Ellipsism". Our featured videos are "Hit Em Where It Hurts" by The Curls and "Alien" by Reliant Tom. For our interview section, we have a talk with Fauvely that focuses on their inspirations and the recording process of their new album that is slated for release this spring.
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Q: How did you get into music?
Sophie: Fauvely began when I was playing with Scott in Astrobrite. He encouraged me to start writing my own music. I found it intimidating and truthfully, I didn’t think I was capable. I had a lot of insecurities about it. But I knew there was something very specific that I wanted to say. I started recording at home, and when I listened back, I thought, yeah, I guess that is technically a song, isn’t it?
Q: How much has your musical career changed, and has it influenced your new album?
Sophie: Fauvely began as a solo project. The EP we’re releasing this spring is much more of a collaborative project. We all bring unique strengths to the table and I really wanted that to shine.
Q: What is your songwriting process?
Sophie: Typically, it’s just me on guitar, singing nonsense, following a pattern that takes my attention. It’s deeply personal, emotionally-driven music. I try to demonstrate sonically what it is that I'm feeling, even if it's ephemeral.
Dale: For my parts, it's usually trying to figure out where I need to add punch--making a chorus bigger or adding melodic ideas here and there. There's a great feedback loop in the band so the parts evolve. When I'm writing at home, I use loop pedals and play against myself to find new ideas.
Dave: I listen to what's going on in the song, the dynamics of the vocals, and the band, and try to play what feels the most natural.
Scott: Every sound either strengthens the focus or distracts from it, so I try to be judicious and not obfuscate the most basic structure of the song. If it takes you out of the story, if you have to think too much about it, cut it. The melody needs to shine through, I try to bring that out in the best way.
Q: What do you look to for inspiration for your music?
Sophie: I love music that feels raw and real, and to make that sort of music, you have to look inward. And I’m really into arrangement right now. I’ve learned a lot about playing with others this year. My style and the band's style is developing and evolving and that's pretty inspiring to me.
Dale: I'm always listening to new releases, and there's always an idea or a technique or a sound that seeps into what I'm doing subconsciously.
Scott: Timbral quality, sound colors, textures, and effective unfussy chord progressions.
Q: Does your musical taste align with the music you make?
Dale: Very much so, that's what drew me to working with Sophie in the first place. I love atmospheric, confessional songs--a lot of dream pop, folk and bedroom pop.
Q: How is this new album different than past work?
Sophie: The new album is different in so many ways. This is much more of a studio-album, so to speak. There’s much more focus on the arrangement of songs. It's softer and lighter. Past recordings I've done have been pretty pieced together. I had a much better sense this time around of what I wanted and how to go about achieving it.
Dave: It's an entirely different genre for me to play. With this band, I'm tweaking things I've done in the past and making them current for this band and the sound we're trying to achieve while looking for new ways to play. It's good to get out of your comfort zone and test yourself. We're capable of more than we give ourselves credit for.
Q: How does music affect you, and what do you hope your audience takes away from your music?
Sophie: I love the idea of helping someone make sense of a situation through music. That’s a really nice sentiment. Music has helped me find my voice, give small or fleeting moments meaning, and make sense of the world.
Dale: I'm almost always listening, writing, recording or playing somewhere. Every day a song changes my life, and I just want to do the same to someone else--help them make sense of situations or soundtrack a life-changing event.
Dave: I guarantee most people have an inner soundtrack to their lives. I hope people take away whatever feels the most relevant to them personally.
Q: Once you get this new album, will you tour? If yes, how will you translate your new music from album to stage?
Sophie: Yes! In April, we're going south and in May we have a small midwest stint. This will be the closest translation of studio version to live set.
Dale: Although the recording is based on the live versions we'd been working on, I've already noticed I'm changing how I play a couple of songs. Mostly, it's trying to evoke the mood of the song even if we're not currently "in" it.
Dave: We added some color to the record that would be harder to perform on stage, but I think the energy we bring live compensates for any extras we added in the studio.
Interview by Lilly Wellen
BIO: Lily Wellen is a freelance journalist and graduate of Marquette University's Diederich College of Communication. She currently writes for Chirp Radio, OnMilwaukee, Chicago Music Guide and Diversion Records.