Label: Cascine Release date: 18/10/10 Link: Myspace Everything about the first ten seconds of this EP suggests that you are about to listen to a DIY 80’s hip hop record - the sampled drum beats seem to be lifted directly from one of those electronic keyboards you had in school that go “dick-dick-dictionary!” – but then the synths and cheeky guitar licks come in and lay the “chillwave” stamp all over. This is Evan Voytas; LA’s newest and chillest bro, also known as sometimes-guitarist in Flying Lotus’s band. Incredibly, the label behind this release has only been operating since September this year. Cascine began, as they romantically put it on their website, as “a conversation during winter walks in Florence and Stockholm”. Without boasting huge world-altering things, Cascine are keeping it simple and passionate, focussing on promoting experimental pop and employing “intuition as their guiding philosophy”. Experimental pop in this case is a lo-fi 80’s daydream, characterised by woozy electronics and vague neon nostalgia. The droning synths, pulsing bass lines, and sampled beats are plucked from the past, remixed, and blended together still maintaining that pop-sensibility. The end product is something that, even upon first listen, sounds almost familiar, like a moment at a party you thought you’d remember forever but were ultimately too drunk to hold on too. Evan Voytas actually hails from Pennsylvania, having wound up in LA after years of soul-searching travels and re-births via the growing and shaving of facial hair. It is a common oddity that many bands associated with chillwave – a genre that invokes images of faded beaches and people in wayfarer sunglasses – are based miles from the coastline. Washed Out, for example, is from Georgia, and Neon Indian are based in Texas. Nevertheless: reminiscence, memories, invoking the past whilst locking you in the present – these are all the essences of chillwave, and Evan Voytas, whilst revisiting 80’s synthpop, also creates a daydream about summer. This seems fitting for an autumn released date through a record label founded in the winter – Evan becomes the fading sunlight on increasingly cold days. The nice thing about Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere EP is that we get sounds which, individually, are crisp and sharp, but together adopt a softer quality. The tracks also have a bit of a groove to them, using the same deep, faraway bass tones that wouldn’t be out of place on a record by The Human League. There is also something about Evan’s breathy falsetto vocals, particularly on the title track, which embodies a young Prince. Overall, the vocals aren’t particularly strong; they tend to drift around in the middle of the mix. The melodies are catchy, the arrangements are poppy, but the songs have more immediacy than endurance. In the moment each track sounds incredible, but as you move to the next, like a dream, you tend to forget what happened before. It is an easy thing to say how good the EP is as a whole, but it is hard to pinpoint a track that you will find yourself humming later. Photobucket