We all have those moments: we are at work or corralled into a waiting room at some office, and inevitably, we start to daydream. Our mind wanders and we drift off into another world that harbors our wildest and most fantastic fantasies. Wouldn't it be great if there were a soundtrack to this escape? Well, I have good news! Coming from Geneva, Switzerland, the band Weith, aka composer Juravle Sergiu, blends electronic synths with melodic hip hop to form a cohesive and thoughtful album.
The opening track, 'Eyrie,' brings the listener into a foggy landscape reminiscent of that which can be found in the video game Silent Hill; it is light yet brooding, almost a counterpart to the dark soundscapes created by Andrew Reddy. These songs were meant to be heard in the light of day, to awaken the true daydreamer within all of us. The next and only track with lyrics, 'Eightfold Path,' is a slow and soulful track that features the vocals of Keith Stanfield, an extremely talented actor (Selma) and rapper, whose deep baritone overlays the electronic landscape perfectly. In 'Imminence of Change,' the listener is bombarded with a heavy, thumping beat that is electrically charged with precise tones and mixes, bringing to mind an almost apocalyptic future where the heroes are just as bad as the bad guys. 'Delusional Shelter' is a choppy, poppy tune that has a rich beat that can be easily followed, with an optimistic end that features a very nonchalant keyboard solo. The last and most prophetic track, 'They're Coming,' has a spacey, sci – fi feel wrapped around scratchy piano and screeching electronics. After the album, was over, I immediately went back to track one and listened it to it again, as I was lulled into the soft yet ragged soundscapes that Weith so effortlessly creates.
The evolution of the digital world has allowed me to be enriched by the music of artists all around the world, and this album is definitely going to be a memorable album for me; one that I know will make its way into my regular rotation. I was impressed by the prowess and ingenuity put into this effort, and my only heartache is the fact that the album was an EP, as I longed for more tracks. I am certain that this band will have no trouble creating many more albums to come, and I cannot wait to be first in line to get a chance to experience more of what Weith has to offer.
Interview with Weith
Tell me a bit about your background and why you formed Weith.
Some time ago, I was a lot intodroneyinstrumental music and I really enjoyed spending hours having fun with my loop/FX pedals and my guitar. Just recording layer after layer for so long that I couldn't remember how I started the whole thing.
When I discovered electronic music, my eyes opened towhole worldwhere I could keep doing myatmospheres butso much more at the same time. It took a lot of trial and error to arrive at a point where my music started reflecting my own ideas and visions close enough that I felt comfortable sharing it.
What/Who are your musical influences?
The first thing that comes in my mind is sound itself, just closely listening to almost everything can get you inspired. The natural behavior of sound is not that complex; it gets louder / quieter;shorter / longer;faster / slower. But then you have the character and the texture of it, which depends on so many different parameters (environment, harmonics... ). This is the aspect that
I find very interesting and makes me research my sounds and atmospheres. I am a lot into instrumental music, bands like This Will Destroy You or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, although since discovering electronic music with stuff like Mu-Ziq, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, it has been taking a lot of my attention. There's endless amounts of music on the internet which I find very inspiring. There is, though, a subtle point where my head is just saturated by the amount of things I let in and I need a step back from all the randomness that the internet can let in.
You combine the best of both worlds by mixing hip-hop with electronica. What appeals to you most about this?
I love music without words, because of theablilityto relate to it by creating your own story about it. Humanvoice though, is an instrument itself so I also like working with singers or rappers.
When I do a collaboration, I don’t tell them what the song is about. Without knowing this, they add their own interpretation using words to the initial track. This is always something special when working with other people, an external input can mean the world when lost in your mind. Another great aspect about it is that my track acts like a source of inspiration for the ideas of someone else, I trigger indirectly someone else's creativity.
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The album is "made for daydreamers." In what way would you hope for the listener to be affected?
I wouldn't say I'm trying to affect the listeners, although The mind control is on my bucket list I'd say it's about questioning even the most beautiful dreams because they can sometimes get random and troubling like some of the tracks from the EP.
The thing I like about daydreams is that you zone out. You do not see or hear clearly, but you are able to feel and explore your mind. I think it can be like meditating sometimes.
I am an adept of the idea that music is personal and that each one has the right to have self-created stories related to it. I like to think that I'm just there to offer you a soundtrack that might act as a guide wherever and whenever you drift-off.
How do you feel about the digital revolution in music and has it helped or hindered your success?
I don’t consider myself successful, it’s not something that passes my mind, as music is something that’s been on my mind even before doing it. I’m just glad that people can listen to it. The digital revolution is something that helpedmusicevolve and become more diverse.
It definitely made the connection between musicians and listeners. As a listener, I can spend days randomly browsing the internet and never getting bored. As a producer I can get in touch with other producers, I can share my tracks, I can sell my music.
The magic of a CD or a vinyl record in your hands, though,stayssomething that's not comparable even with the advantages the internet posses. Because of all these screens people forget that they can see and touch music.