BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Autre Ne Veut

Autre Ne Veut

GEMS, Mazed

Wed, October 21, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Autre Ne Veut
Autre Ne Veut
Consider this an announcement for a new album by Arthur Ashin, a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut, called The Age of Transparency. The album is being released October 2nd on Downtown Records, in the middle of Mercury in retrograde. His last album, Anxiety, was (rightly) named one of the best of the year by Complex, the Guardian, XLR8R, Pigeons & Planes and Pitchfork, who also anointed it Best New Music.

Transparency marks the second step in a trilogy exploring the difficulty of making personal connections in an impersonal time. “The title comes from marking jargon,” Ashin explains. “It’s a term for the place we’re in now, where truth and transparency are just ways to sell things and honesty is its own kind of performance.”

Coming from an artist who pushes his voice and body to their breaking points, it might seem like a strange admission. But for Ashin, close is as close as you can get. “Transparency is an impossibility,” he says. “It’s more about trying to be transparent and falling on your face in the process.”

In an effort to explore the idea, Ashin started sessions for the album with a jazz combo at midtown Manhattan’s Avatar Studios. “I’ve been listening to jazz since I was a kid and wanted to experiment with it,” he says. “For me, it taps into this comforting and antiquated image of the truth.”

He later took the recordings to his home studio and tore them apart. “I kept flipping them and messing with them,” he says—a process you can hear on Transparency’s title track, which recalls the loose, incantatory vibe of late-60s Pharoah Sanders records before settling into Ashin’s tweaked take on R&B. “The players are there to give you an impression of transparency,” he says, “but they’re constantly being disrupted.”

Elsewhere, as on “World War Pt. 2” and “Panic Room,” Ashin pushes the vocabulary of soul to its horizons, incorporating choral music, electronic composition and the kinds of disfiguring production techniques that made Anxiety one of the most unusual albums of 2013.

The Age of Transparency was self-produced in a small room overlooking a quiet street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and mixed by Tony Maserati, who has also worked with Beyoncé, Notorious B.I.G. and Lady Gaga.
GEMS
GEMS
“We should meet in another life, we should meet in air,
Me and you.”
― Sylvia Plath

When Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher first met, it felt as if they’d known each other in another life. They began collaborating immediately, and in 2013 released Medusa, a collection of songs with a remarkably crystalline vision. Lindsay’s haunting and deeply emotive vocals provide the backbone for Clifford’s dark and dreamy production, balancing gauzy atmospherics with emotional heft.

GEMS’ music is very much about the transformative power of song. It embraces pop’s form and structure, as well as its proclivity for distilling emotions to a point, but it reaches for something deeper, searching for those authentic and raw human truths that reside in the shadowland of the soul.

Their debut full length, Kill the One You Love, is a further indulgence in GEMS’ evocative, existential longing. The songs play out like a series of confessions. They are the secrets written in diaries, the unspoken lament to a lover. The title, a reference to Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, shrouds the project in a funerary cloud, alluding to the death of a relationship, the death of love, the loss of self. And yet there is a sense of hope that pervades the album, hope that some ray of light may find its way through the darkness.

Kill the One You Love is set for release on October 30, 2015, via Carpark Records.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com