Oakland-based trio wraps up first string of Pacific Northwest dates with San Francisco homecoming show tonight.
Mortar & Pestle (L-R): Sean Paul Duke, Janaysa Lambert, Paul Shinichi. Photo Credit: Sequoia Emmanuelle.
See Mortar & Pestle live in San Francisco tonight, May 22nd, at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (RSVP)
Listen to the debut self-titled EP by Mortar & Pestle now courtesy of East Bay Express at this link!
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“Pristine Dream” is the latest single from the self-titled debut EP by Mortar & Pestle
Check out the Antler remix of “Pristine Dream” by Mortar & Pestle
Hear the Antler remix of “Pristine Dream” via Earmilk
Hear the album version of “Pristine Dream” via BlackBook
Hear the album version of “U.V.” via SPIN
“Where did the love go? Was it ever there? Did I imagine it?” Janaysa Lambert of Mortar & Pestle is discussing the themes behind the band’s song “Pristine Dream,” the latest tune taken from the Oakland-based trio’s just-released self-titled debut EP, streaming now via hometown paper East Bay Express. “‘Pristine Dream’ is about the very moment the illusion of love fades and you realize the picture you held in your mind, is not the reality.”
A remix of the track by Antler (http://antlermusic.com) recently debuted via Earmilk. Antler is the brainchild of Oakland-based producer Jason Collins whose musical journey began as a classically trained guitarist. His love of hip-hop, electronics and the avant-garde led Collins to explore much more experimental horizons, however. Through the use of live instruments, analog synthesizers, vintage samples, and digital sound design, Antler creates expansive textures with dirty beats and heavy bass.
Mortar & Pestle is a new band, but has deep roots. The sounds of a pinball machine at the opening of new EP might say fun, but give way to a darkness that is real. Born on the kitchen piano of a studio apartment, days after Lambert and keyboardist Paul Shinichi first met at a mutual friend’s party, the two were joined within the year by drummer Sean Paul Duke.
Tragically, the friend who brought them together met with an untimely death shortly after she gave the band its name. “She wanted to be the one to name us,” says Shinichi. “We were struggling with a name for months, and then she came up with Mortar & Pestle. I think honoring her life is one reason why we are together. This record is really about her.”
Mortar & Pestle recently completed its first string of Pacific Northwest shows and will celebrate with a hometown performance at San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar Music Hall tonight, May 22nd, at 8PM PST (RSVP). Members of Mortar & Pestle are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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