New West, Voletta
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
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Ten years ago, the members of Wintersleep began working on songs in a small apartment in Halifax, NS. This is the second most notable thing about this particularly drab apartment complex next to the fact that, due to an oversight by the architect, if the pool on the roof was ever filled – the building would tip over. The songs they created were strange, full of rural ghosts and forgotten landscapes.
A decade later, Wintersleep – who can now be referred to as ‘Juno Award winners’ in promotional documents such as this -‐ have brought their distinctive
sound to audiences across many territories and continents. The band’s latest trek was in support of 2010's New Inheritors, an album that the Wall Street Journal claims, "broods, bellows and stalks the listener with soaring vocals, punching drums and waves of guitars." It saw them perform across North America, the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, and ended under the receptive lights of The Late Show with David Letterman.
It was during this time that an abundance of ideas & new material began taking shape, via late night voice memo'd bedroom demos, hallucinogenic dreams of Paul Schaeffer, and sound check experiments recorded while touring with acts such as Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, The Macabees & Editors.
Late in the summer of 2011, the group fleshed out these new ideas with Scottish producer/friend Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) at the legendary Tarbox Road Studios in upstate New York. Secluded in the same woods that had already seen the creation of so much amazing work, the group committed themselves to long, focused recording sessions...and the occasional badminton match. Doogan can crush a bird. Who knew?
“Hello hum. I am the dying lung of the town you left. I was beginning to fear, beginning to fear that you would never come back.”
These words open the album’s first track, “Hum.” The song sits like a layer of mist that the speeding car of “In Came the Flood” comes bursting through. It’s a two-‐part introduction to the diverse layers of Hello Hum. As the record progresses, glowing melodies are backed by rhythms that can stand as the skeletons of songs or be studied for their subtle complexities. Guitars and keyboards weave together in fits of sonic weirdness that somehow shine with pop charm.
Is it a high-‐water mark? A divergent progression? Maybe it’s just ten years worn well. Loel Campbell, Paul Murphy & Tim D'Eon have spent a decade collecting. Hello Hum starts a new chapter.
Drawing deeply on vintage-soul, hardcore, punk and reggae, Chris Zurich's music is sifted through a philosophic world-perspective, evoking memories of the late Jeff Buckley, whom his producer Craig Levy, an associate of Buckley’s during his late years, often compares him to.
Chris' own musical roots began in the Philly underground, rumbling with the punk/hardcore scene as a teenager, taking in the radicalism and aggression inspired by the tribal rhythms of communal youth, yet only beginning to discover his own voice after being exposed to musical visionaries, such as Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, Joe Strummer and John Lennon who spoke to global audiences. By fusing his understanding of the underground scene with sounds and ideas of bygone eras, his unique sound and vision would start to take shape.
Voletta is a three piece band from Philadelphia, that combines elements of early ’90s guitar rock with washes of shoegaze, driven by layers of acoustic and electronic drums. Originally formed in 2004, the current incarnation of the band has been playing together since 2009.
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