Track Of The Week
Apr 10, 2017
Hailing from France, Shoegaze and Krautrock anthem makers, Dead Sea, share their debut single, ‘8.50’. Named after a preset from one of their synths, the band’s first cut boasts soothing, ethereal vocals. The track was written and recorded by Dead Sea, mixed by Aaron Bastinelli and mastered by Mike Marsh (Phoenix, Oasis, The Chemical Brothers).
Caro from the band gives us an insight into 8.50:
“8.50 is the number of a preset from one of our synths and the sound in question is the first one you hear when the song starts. More than chord progressions or song structures, what primarily matters to Charles, Julien, Alex and I when composing are the colours and consistency of the sounds which eventually come to form a balanced and harmonious block. In terms of lyrics, I always improvise to set the melody first. Most of the final words make it through that way. It is a bit like what we call « écriture automatique » which consists of writing whatever pops into your head without trying to intellectualize anything. I do change some words from time to time to try to avoid contradictions or overly blurry concepts, but I like to keep things organic and sincere. The lyrics to 8.50 came that way and, despite the relative sadness they convey, their association with this lingering melody makes the song quite healing to me.”
Following a premiere over at DIY Magazine (read here) ‘8.50’ needs some serious attention. More than worthy, it grabs the Track Of The Week title! Listen in below:
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