Interview: Silk Flowers
On the eve of their European Tour Aviram Cohen from the Synth-tastic Brooklyn trio Silk Flowers took a few moments to answer our questions. Youâre touring Europe in November, the Berlin date in particular screams out to me as the place where your music is going to go down a storm. What do you anticipate the reception to you music will be from the European crowds? Expectations can be a tough to live by. Sometimes it's easy to get carried away. I try not to expect too much. ... (continued)
On the eve of their European Tour Aviram Cohen from the Synth-tastic Brooklyn trio Silk Flowers took a few moments to answer our questions. Youâre touring Europe in November, the Berlin date in particular screams out to me as the place where your music is going to go down a storm. What do you anticipate the reception to you music will be from the European crowds? Expectations can be a tough to live by. Sometimes it's easy to get carried away. I try not to expect too much. Just go and enjoy myself as best as I can. However, we're REALLY excited about this trip. Especially Berlin. Personally, I've never even been to Europe. So, it will be great for me. Electronic and experimental music is more widely accepted there. At least, more so than the US. I think by virtue of the fact that we booked it ourselves with relative ease is a good sign to begin with. Are you concerned that critics and listeners might misinterpret your LP and focus on the doom? There certainly has been some of that and I guess I understand why. Really it's not so much about being "dark", hateful, or negative but, examining oneself in that condition and changing your way of being. Finding a way out, rather than going further down that road. Any art can be interpreted in many ways. People project their own tastes or experiences. At the time it was important for me to express a certain aspect of myself. If someone felt similarly then maybe they'd get something more out of listening to the record. If it was a record everyone could enjoy, I'm not sure it could have been made in the first place. Since, a lot of the themes came from an outsider's point of view. The tone of the album feels much more multifaceted, there seems to be strange sense of euphoria that strongly comes through, particularly on âSandâ and âBirds of Passionâ. Tell us about the recording process, did you encounter any problems? We try to incorporate more tangible or fun elements in our songs so that it doesn't become so heavy handed. Also, we have a wide range of musical tastes so, there's a bit of that in there too. The record was recorded in a very organic manner. Our good friend Fred Thomas (City Center) recorded the LP in another friend of ours apartment while they were away. It took about two weeks of working on it in the evenings. I would say that it was done in a pretty ideal matter. The biggest problem was battling the elements. It was recorded in a pretty freezing New York January. Ironically enough it came out in July. Additionally, the subways were all messed up when we'd be heading home, So, it would take about twice as long when it was already late. Are you guys perfectionists in the studio, or do you go in and bash it out naturally? People sometimes romanticize the recording process. However, you become most like an actor. Essentially, you transform into a cover band of yourselves. We're certainly more on the natural side of things. I think that's inherent in our writing process. Although sometimes when you want something to sound a certain way, it may take a few tries. Relatively speaking, your songs are pretty short, was there ever a temptation to over indulge and compose a couple of tracks that push the ten minute mark? No never. We consciously keep it short and concise. There's a five minute song on the LP and even that seemed epic to us. But, we do what is right for the song. If it needs to be ten minutes, then so be it. Youâre signed to Dean Allen Spuntâs label Post Present Medium, how important is it to be signed to a label that (a) is run by somebody who himself puts out uncompromising music (b) features a roster of artists that are looking to push boundaries and challenge the listener? I think you make a good point by saying that his attitude towards music that pushes boundaries is reflected in his own band and the rest of the bands on the label. There's a real sense of genuine support. He believes in what we're doing. And that's motivated us a lot. I noticed your mix for Vice Magazine included a Human League song from the much maligned Love and Dancing; do you seriously rate that album? Yes I do! They are one of my favourites. I have a lot of appreciation for them. They began as a synth based compositional band and later went on to total pop stardom. I'm impressed by their ability to start off in an esoteric form and then end up deeply embedded in mainstream culture. That album "Dare" is the perfect synthesis of the two worlds. Lastly, how do you feel about interviews, are they a necessary evil or a pain in the ass? I think it's funny that you present two options, neither one positive. I actually don't mind doing them. It's nice that someone cares at all and it's a good way to clarify or expand upon our ideas in the band. Tour Dates: 05/11/09 The Luminaire, London 06/11/09 Chameleon, Nottingham 07/11/09 The Joinery Gallery, Dublin 08/11/09 The Menagerie, Belfast 10/11/09 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin 11/11/09 Lades, Copenhagen 12/11/09 Bardenâs Boudoir, London http://www.myspace.com/silkflowersnyc">http://www.myspace.com/silkflowersnyc Silk Flowers self titled debut is Out Now!