On February 25, D.C. jazz fans got a rare treat at Georgetown’s Blues Alley: the debut of a brand new big band. The KW big band features 18 musicians, who collectively perform the compositions and arrangements of guitarist Michael Kramer and pianist Tim Whalen, who also lead the band and provide the titular initials.
While trying to stand out in the overpopulated electronic-indie-pop scene is an ambitious mission.
This is how the duo of NY/LA based artist/producer/multi-instrumentalist Carey Clayton and brazilian artists/producer Pedro Cesario created B.A.D.A.
The NPR-featured self-produced trilingual visual album was recorded throughout 2019 in a cabin in Woodstock NY, the Abbey Road studios in London by the hands of John Barret (James Bay, Daniel Ceaser, George Ezra) – where features of fellow musicians Emmavie, Rayon and the British Youth Choir were added – and then finished in Clayton`s bedroom in Greenpoint Brooklyn, with mixings by Luke Moelman (synth pop duo Great Goof Fine Ok) and masterings by Chris Gheringuer (Lizzo, Janele Monale, Harry Styles).
“We had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing people, but 98% of the recording process happened in isolation” says Pedro.
Their newest track is called “Sounds of Violence” and it has some amazing vocals to really get the listener in their feels. The song makes you really think about the state of the world currently. It combines both psychedelic elements with some funk. Check out the track below.
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Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.