Interview: Moran Gang – Andromedary

Released 7th of December by Capiroto Records, Andromedary is the newest release by Swedish artist from Stockholm, Moran Gang. After his previous EP entitled Squid Tango, produced for a dance performance. Moran Gang also has another project which is his “main persona” as an artist, Nathanael Saposnikoff, released in the same year independently. With a more delicate, psychedelic rock influenced sound. With special remarks to Not Welcome and all its power. We interview him in November 2018, before the release of Andromedary, asking him to tell a bit of his story and what inspired him as an artist:

1) How was the process of composing Andromedary? What were the instruments you used to record it? How do you like to work in the studio? Considering both of your projects. How’s your creative flow? 

Andromedary started out with me messing around with the Pro Tools stock synths. Usually I work in Logic so I was just trying to get my head around Pro Tools and found this synth sound I actually liked. I drenched the vocals with chorus effects and then added a lot of swell synth pads and resonance effects using a Korg Minilogue. My favourite part, though, was recording a bunch of vocal parts and then putting them all through a step sequencer. 

For me it’s all about emotions and communicating a certain feeling. For most Nathanel Saposnikoff it’s a process of improvising with myself until I have a pretty solid feel of where things are going sound- and groove-wise. Vocals and lyrics are basically the last thing I do. Sometimes I write with a theme in mind and sometimes the emotion itself serves as a theme – even though that’s more hard to express in words. I seldom try to copy sounds or songs, it’s more of a in-the-moment kind of process.

With Moran Gang it’s a bit different. I generally don’t get caught too much in trying to achieve a certain feel or emotion, it’s more about the experimentation and having fun. I don’t put as much boundaries on Moran Gang, which is a big relief and a great way of finding an outlet musically. 

2) What changed from Squid Tango until now? 

Squid Tango was made together with dancers for a dance performance. It was made thematically and as a project with a clear goal. I love working with people from other art forms to try and achieve something from very different perspectives. We worked a lot brain storming ideas and using free association, on many hands throughout the process.

Now I’m continuing to produce Moran Gang’s material on my own. So the biggest difference is that I’m doing it all solo, but also that I’m kind of switching formats from a soundscape/noise/techno kind of music – meant to accompany other things happening in the room – to a more song based material. Squid tango was also all instrumental, from now on it won’t be. I guess it’ll be easier to listen a shorter track.

3) What are your future plans with both of your projects?

To keep writing and producing. I do it for myself, I feel the need to express myself musically. I still play in groups, but there’s a certain freedom to making music all on your own. The reason I want to release it is that, if I like it, someone else might like it too. 

4) What are your biggest influences in music considering both of your projects? What do you like to listen? Who were the key influences for Moran Gang’s project? 

For Moran Gang I have to say John Maus, no doubt. 

For Saposnikoff I think Daniel Norgren. But of course there’s a a lot of Mac Demarco and Tame Impala kind of retro vibe going on there as well. But I seldom try to recreate what I listen to or play a certain genre, which is why it might sound a little schizo or hard to pin point sometimes.

5) Besides producing your own music, are you also connected with other ways of expressing yourself artistically? 

Well I do make the artwork for both projects on my own, which is fun, but I really don’t consider myself a photographer or artist in that sense. I just do it for fun and more like a DIY thing. I have to say that I spend most of my time making music, if not with Moran Gang or Nathanael Saposnikoff its punk drumming with The Wave or experimental impro flute drone with Duo Woland. 

6) Why the name Andromedary? Why this specific animal served as inspiration for your work? 

Well from Squids you can really only go one direction. Add some galaxies to the mix and you have the perfect visual for any Moran Gang song. 

Not Welcome by Nathanaeal Saposnikoff has been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Psychedelic Rock: Beach for Tiger – It’s Been So Long

It’s Been So Long is the opening track for Toffee EP, by Beach for Tiger, from the UK. It’s a psychedelic rock band that sounds like a mixture between Elvis Costello, Tame Impala and Blur. A pleasant track to listen. The band has been releasing their music since 2015, collecting a few singles, being Toffee their second EP after Beach for Tiger – EP (2016). Toffee, the title track, has been released as a single earlier, and deserves special remarks for its instrumentalism, that dives deeper in the psychedelic rock experimentation, presenting us with lush synthesized textures.

Prog Rock: Algorhythm – Why Now

Why Now is Algorhythm’s first single. Band from Montréal, Canada, they make a prog rock that reminds us the golden age of British progressive rock, with bands like Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes or their Canadian counterpart Rush. Remarkable instrumentals, they show us all their virtuous skills during 4 minutes, but with special remarks to the bass solo that starts at around 2:30 and stands for a long time, which is complemented harmoniously by guitar, keys and drums. I’m really looking forward listening their new single scheduled for release on the 24th of February. Lots of cool bands coming from Montréal, such as Ellemetue featured here in January.

Meanwhile, you can listen Why Now is our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Progressive Rock: Ajay Pawar – The Monsoon Ride

On Ajay Pawar’s own words, nothing better to describe The Monsoon Ride:

This song tries to captures various moods, emotions and stories associated with rains. Some feel romantic, Some want to relax. Farmers rejoice with the sound of rain. On the other end of the spectrum, heavy rains can cause floods and destroy cities, towns, villages and people’s lives. The song was inspired by the train journey which I took from Mumbai to Guwahati in India during the monsoon season where I witnessed rains affecting people’s lives in various ways.


released December 13, 2018
Mixing and Mastering – Luke Martin
Artwork – Molshree Jain

Ajay Pawar is an Indian artist, from Pune. Besides making his own instrumental progressive rock, he is a professional Supply Chain Consultant. He picked up guitar for the first time in his late teens and it became an inseparable part of his life ever since. He composes, records and produces music out of his bedroom studio.

The Monsoon Ride has been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Psychedelic Rock: Grand Sun – Flowers

Experience and, above all, a great deal of contemplation were the ingredients that made their first EP – The Plastic People of The Universe – where humanity is a cake and its idiosyncrasies, cherries, now bitter, now sweet but a bomb always about to explode.

Whenever I don’t post here for some days I feel like it’s my duty to be back and present some great independent music material. This time a psychedelic rock band from Lisbon, Portugal.  A city full of music and poetry of high quality everywhere you go on those hills. Therefore, today Synths of Eden present you Grand Sun and their 5 tracks EP The Plastic People of the Universe. It’s a late 60s style of psychedelic rock, from albums such as The Piper at The Gates of Dawn or whatever was published on the year of 1967 when it comes to rock. Flowers is a track that stands out when it comes to psychelia,  followed by The Clown, which is even heavier.

 

The Clown has been added to our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden, that’s a great example of tracks I want to curate for that playlist:

Shoegaze: a.harlana – Textile Workers

Textile Workers has been released last Friday, by a.harlana. The track is a mix of contemporary psychedelic rock with lo-fi shoegaze and dream pop. a.harlana is a band from New York, United States. A very intimate feeling comes up when listening this track, which is well represented by the cover art.

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Psychedelic Rock: Dire Wolves – Paradisiacal Mind

A sound of ecstatic improvisation, each member documenting coordinate points in the higher dimensions of cosmic free-rock. The music lies somewhere near the nebulous intersection of psych, kosmische beat and astral jazz. These are exploratory journeys, transportive trance-based experiments in vertical listening, totally collaborative and often forming spontaneous compositions. The focus is more about feeling than any specific approach to playing.


When Psychedelic Waves of Eden started to be curated, the main idea was to gather psychedelic rock tracks that were influenced by bands from the late 1960s and early 1970s, but that kept their unique contemporary sound, daring even to make 17 minutes songs if that was necessary. Then, we received Paradisiacal Mind from Dire Wolves (Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band) a band from San Francisco, CA (USA), which fulfilled all the initial expectations of a psychedelic rock playlist. Paradisiacal Mind has a total of 5 tracks and it was released in vinyl by two different record labels, one in USA (Feeding Tube Records ) and the other in UK (Cardinal Fuzz Records ). You can also purchase the album via Bandcamp.

Paradisiacal Mind
Jeffrey Alexander – guitar / moog
Sheila Bosco – drums
Georgia Carbone – voice
Brian Lucas – bass
Arjun Mendiratta – violin
Laura Naukkarinen – voice

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Psychedelic Rock: Cursive – It’s Gonna Hurt

This is the third single off Cursive’s upcoming album Vitriola, out October 5th on 15 Passenger Records. The lyrics don’t have a very psychedelic context behind it, but the instrumentals and the way it evolves, the energy put behind, plus the whole arrangement and instrumentals make it a true psychedelic rock track, with many influences of 90s rock, for sure.

“This song is about watching those closest to you as they seem to deliberately self-destruct. How we find it hard to forgive them for it, but also how we carry the blame for it.” – Tim Kasher

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Psychedelic Rock: Lukka – Black Hole Fusion

Lukka is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to her blend of song-writing. Her music blurs the lines between great 60s melodies and energetic 70s hard rock, in a modern and edgy way.


Black Hole Fusion, by Lukka from New York City, sounds like a late 70s studio production. First track that comes to my mind is Barracuda from the band Heart. Many influences from old school psychedelic rock as much as 70s bands, such as Led Zeppelin. Great music. This is her latest single. She has been releasing music since 2012.

Falling through a deep black hole
Gave up to comprehend
I’ve been searching for so long
Newborn to understand that
I am
I am
I am

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Psychedelic Rock: Heartthrob Chassis – Sister

“Sister” is the epic, back-breaking album anchor Arrhythmia from Heartthrob Chassis, the Detroit-based glam garage rock band headed by Margaret Doll Rod, former songwriter and member of the stage-smashing Demolition Doll Rods. It’s a droning, buzzing, noisy dirge of a song, with layers of guitars and a psychedelic freakout that begins to spiral out into a kind of hallucinogenic chaos.


First thing that comes to my mind when I listen Sister, by Heartthrob Chassis is Sonic Youth mixed with stoner and psychedelic rock. Noisy distorted guitars with stoner vocals, full of a post-punk mood, that sometimes sound like Velvet Underground.  The album Arrhythmia has been released by Milan Records and it’s the band’s first album.

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