GCM: We did a proper back to mine with stuff we used to listen to as kids.
Aphex Twin – Window Licker
I would always remember when I was 15 and one of my friends older brother showed us this video. I’d never seen anything that creepy till then but I really liked the music so I started to listen to more of his stuff and this exposed me into a whole new genre of music.
Tract for Valerie Solanas – Matmos
A very experimental IDM album, every tune is a gesture to a different person. This one here is for American radical feminist Valerie Solanas who believed that destroying the male sex is the only way to save mankind. The music is mind blowing even today.
Funkadelic – Can You Get To That?
Legendary album, everybody discovers it at some point. This tune is a “feel good anthem” although it’s kind of a break up song.
Beck – Hotwax
Crazy mixture of country, hip hop, distorted sounds, weird synths and somewhere along the way an accordion playing Cumbia! And lets not forget the outro “i’m the enchanting wizard of rhythm”.
Jacobites – It’ll All End Up In Tears
Nikki Sudden is a true unsung hero and its sad he didn’t really make it. There’s a story he was meant to be signed to a major label but during the tour people bootlegged his shows in Italy and released them. The label dropped him and it all ended in tears.
Roy Vedas – Fragments of Life
Kind of a “Sugarman” story because it was only a hit in Israel and even found its place in a memorable Israeli movie scene. As a kid I used to love the vocoder sound but not long after Cher destroyed it with her auto tune.
The Cinematic Orchestra ft. Roots Manuva – All Things To All Men
While being busy listening to The Strokes and all the other stuff that was going around early 00’s I remember the day when I heard this one. This is one that makes you think about combining genres but at the same time keeping it dark and real even if you take the electronics out and use an orchestra instead.
Mr Oizo – Flat Beat
Yes it’s another hit but growing up in the days when the Internet was still nothing this was a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t even explain to my mom why I liked it so much. All the kids around banged their heads just like Flat Eric.
Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
Weird at first but we kind of got real deep into Zappa, maybe because when you’re young to have time to explore his endless discography.
The Durutti Column – Sketch For A Summer
There’s one big radio station in Israel and in the 90’s they used to give the traffic news with this song as a bed. So it took some time but I became a big fan of Vini Reilly
Garden City Movement ‘Apollonia’ (Night Time Stories)
Garden City Movement’s debut album ‘Apollonia’ is set for release on 16th March 2018. The trio of Roy Avital, Yoav Saar and Johnny Sharoni produce a blend of sounds drawn from their diverse cultural worlds; ranging from art-pop to experimental house to horizontally-aligned vibes.
Since surfacing at the close of 2013 with their breakout track ‘Move On’, Garden City Movement have released ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Bengali Cinema’ EPs, the ‘Modern West’ 12” in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, climbed the Hype Machine Popular Chart with multiple singles, recorded live sessions for Boiler Room, Majestic Casual and FACT, opened for Bonobo, Caribou, Alt-J and played all over the world. The band’s music video for ‘Move On’ received a nomination for Best Music Video at the LA Film Festival, won “Best Video of The Year” at the MTV Israel Music Awards and the video for ‘She’s So Untouchable’ screened at Raindance Film Festival in London.
Recording through 2017 at their studio in Tel Aviv, Garden City Movement took the time to explore their sound as a band. From the combination of dream-like vocals and cinematic-RnB in singles ‘Slightly All The Time’ ‘Before I Fall’ and ‘A Means To An End’ to the leftfield four-four of ‘Mediterranea’ and ‘Sans Titre’ or the ethereal jazz of ‘I Knew Before I Met Her (That One Day I Would Lose Her)’ and worldly influences of the title track – the heightened craft in their production is firmly felt across the album’s 18 tracks.
“After releasing three EPs, which each had a very tight deadline, recording the album has been a chance to grow. It’s the first time we have been able to really take the time and experiment a lot in the studio; try to develop and deepen our language, come up with new sounds, and take our techniques even further”.
– Garden City Movement
The album takes a darker path lyrically; exploring the breakdown of a fading relationship and the depression, loneliness and abuse that follows. While not explicit, this melancholy grounds the album in the real world. The fusion of forward facing production and confessional account of human-interaction frames an emotional and honest album of modern soul music.