Recorded over the last year, Joan Banoit's debut EP is a personal reflection on the normality of relationship issues. It is influenced primarily by the idea of family, and the pressures that motivate us to remain close to those who may not best suit us.
The songs were written and produced originally by Julian Bright, before various rhythmic complexities were added by Lochie Earl. The drum sounds were all organically recorded using household objects, whilst the majority of the keyboard parts were performed on an old Yamaha v50. The EP is comprised of partially improvised beats. Further lo-fi processing and mastering, aided by James Ashelford, created an aged, digital feel.
Various field recordings add texture throughout the EP, such as recordings of an open flame in 'Adora', and ice on glass in 'Swim'. The vocal melodies and harmonies were written to enhance the texture of each track, rather than acting as the lead melodies.
Major inspirations for the EP include John Foxx, David Sylvian, Brian Eno, and the Australian band's Collarbones, HTRK, Hurtsville, Firekites and Cassius Select.
Thanks to James Ashelford for mixing and mastering, Lily Chan for singing on and helping write 'Tent', Alex Cross and Hamish Dobinson for helping us get our first gigs, Hurtsville and Lusinth for supporting us at our launch earlier this year.
released December 21, 2015
Production, writing, vocals, album art - Julian Bright
Beats and production - Lochie Earl
Moving quickly between the genres of jazz, this album is buoyant and fun. The guests are a great addition thought the band can carry the album alone. It’s good rainy day music and good sunshine music. The cassette is functional but the design is not interesting; I’d recommend vinyl or digital, though there is warmth to the cassette’s sound. dudgrickbevins