Local psych-pop project Aunt Dracula has rolled out a remix record of songs taken from 2009’s Face Peel LP, a release that was halted, rushed and surrounded by less than ideal circumstances. For the flip-side Peel Face remixes, Dracula songwriter Scott Daly teamed up with Prince Rama, Eric Copeland, Pictureplane and more to show the songs’ multiple personalities. We spoke with Daly about the Face Peel / Peel Face journey he’s been on since 2009, how a sudden illness put the project on hold and what the future has in store for this ebullient, experimental band.
Experimental Philly musician Aunt Dracula is kind of our own local, homegrown Animal Collective – fearlessly blending electronic oddities and freaked out boundary-pushing textures with a easygoing pop flipside. Last year they reissued their 2009 release Face Peel, and this year they’re readying a remix project of songs from that record called Peel Face. The album will feature reworkings by Prince Rama, Indian Jewelry, Excepter, Eric Copeland, Damon Tutunjian from Swirlies, and Japanese Gum. This week, the band released the Oval version of “Yapoto” (dubbed the “Rainjacket remix”) as well as an accompanying music video, which I could seriously see on display in an art gallery. Continue reading →
Eternal Summers kick off their east coast tour tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The power pop trio announced plans for a new LP called The Drop Beneath last week, an album that was a collaboration with fans on the artwork and title. This fourth full-length from the band, set for release on March 4th, follows up last year’s Correct Behavior. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Watch the video for “Millions” below.
A soundtrack for the surreal, Aunt Dracula‘s Face Peel consists of experimental psychedelic songs that are not for the faint of heart. “Speckled Hawk” might be the softest on the album, but it is every bit as trippy as the other tracks. Echoing vocals, some guitar, a simple beat, and other unidentifiable sounds create an ambient soundscape that is nothing short of imaginative. The vocals switch back and forth between high and low, as well as between quick and slow, giving the song a strangely captivating dynamic. I actually found this spaced out dream-wave tune stuck in my head a few days after listening to it.
Check out the video for “Speckled Hawk” (directed by Logan Owlbeemoth) below, and listen to the entire album on bandcamp. Aunt Dracula will be performing at Ortileb’s with Jeff Zeigler and DJ Rob Kopki on November 1st; more info at the show’s Facebook event page.
Experimental pop musician Aunt Dracula went full-on psychedelic for his new “Timecoat” video. The song comes from Face Peel, an LP that Philadelphian Scott Daly had planned to release back in 2009 before taking a brief detour from his musical projects. Now back in music mode, Daly has released Face Peel on the Aunt Dracula Bandcamp page and has two more albums, a remix set and new full-length, in the queue.
It would be easy to pigeonhole the 9-minute long “Timecoat” as just another weird and warpy Animal Collective / Panda Bear-influenced band that popped up following the release of the latter’s Person Pitch in 2007. But there’s a dormant, doomy punk side to the song’s afro / freak-pop outer layers that doesn’t rear its head until about midway through, broadening the sonic palette of the track and showing that this is not just another dime-a-dozen bedroom project.
Aunt Dracula’s next full-length is being produced by Philly heavyweight Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recording (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Mary Lattimore) and is expected to come out later this year. For now, slip into an alternate universe with the video for “Timecoat,” produced by Logan Owlbeemoth and Phantom Photon.