Degree Zero: Untitled 170524

It would be a dream to get the vox-only stems of Jaala’s latest album. Her shrieks and shouts and tempo changes and overall chaotic vocal beauty would be used extensively.

You can listen to it here on Bandcamp.

I’m pretty happy with what I was able to eek out of Jaala’s “Junior Spirit” (the lead vocals for the track), Motion Graphics’ “Vistabrick” (which produces that great echo-y crack and bass beat), and a small smattering of Death Grips’ “Anne Bonny”, the 160BPM heart of the track, providing a driving foundation for the slowed pace of the other parts.

Jaala’s voice is beautiful: seductive and rough; high-pitched but with the subdued energy of an alto. It’s not easy to extract some vocals from her tracks what with the band’s usual frenetic guitars and drums. But “Spirit” has some isolated vocals, and luckily it’s one of my favorite singles. I jumped on the chance to cut her voice up into something so different – to insert her voice into the universe of Motion Graphics.

I’m not good at mixing – it sounds terrible on portable laptop speakers and barely sounds together on better headphones. However, I still feel the “justification”: Jaala’s voice may not belong on a dance album, but is at home as a red-hot knife searing through ambient electronics. It would be a dream to get the vox-only stems of Jaala’s latest album, Hard Hold. Her shrieks and shouts and tempo changes and overall chaotic vocal beauty would be used extensively.

Author: aleksa

A recent graduate of University of Florida (B.A. in International Relations with a focus on Chinese Economics and Culture). Looking to do some good for disaster preparedness and environmental conservation within the United States and globally. This blog has to do with such topics. Though, many other times it has to do with interests: music, long-distance hiking, film theory, some pretentious philosophies, etc. With information tech, we have become inundated with thousands of sources of information each day. Only corporate algorithms are capable of sorting through them all. Human curation still means something. I hope to bring some good content. Because I seem to be finding great stuff everyday. I am unable to focus on hobbies. I have intermediate knowledge in photography and video-editing. I have a working knowledge of graphic and web design. I have spent almost two years with Chinese calligraphy. I make music.

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