Band reveals that this tune, Michael Jackson, The Cure all provided sonic blueprints for upcoming debut LP.
Mortar & Pestle (L-R): Sean Paul Duke, Janaysa Lambert, Paul Shinichi. Photo by Sequoia Emmanuelle.
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“U.V.” is the first single and video from the self-titled debut EP by Mortar & Pestle
See the premiere of the “U.V.” music video by Mortar & Pestle via Diffuser.fm!
“We created a campy 80’s-style day in the life of two friends as they run through Oakland on a LSD-fueled quest to find their shaman,” explains Paul Shinichi of Mortar & Pestle about the band’s first music video. The clip, premiering via Diffuser.fm is for the song “U.V.,” which recently premiered via SPIN and is taken from the band’s debut EP released earlier this year. “The song is all about how things that normally feel good can be harmful to you,” Shinichi says of the tune’s darker tones.
The band also explains that “U.V.” is an essential sonic jumping off point for the debut album that they are now working on in earnest. “It is the most comparable track to our new material because of the mix of natural and electronic drum tones and the thick layering of synth bass and melodies,” says Shinichi. “We already have nine tracks almost finished and more in the works.”
Drummer Sean Paul Duke elaborates, saying, “Over the last few years, I have fallen completely in love with pop music. Old hits such as ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson as well as minimalist structures like ‘Close To Me’ by The Cure. This music has rung true for decades now, and has recently captivated me in new ways that are playing a major role in Mortar & Pestle’s direction.”
Born on the kitchen piano of a studio apartment, days after Shinichi and singer Janaysa Lambert first met at a mutual friend’s party, the two were joined within the year by 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.”
Mortar & Pestle’s debut has already gained significant attention for its melding of avant-garde electronic sounds with pure soul singing. In addition to notices from SPIN, BlackBook, Earmilk, Mass Appeal, and more, the entire new EP is streaming now via hometown paper East Bay Express.
Members of Mortar & Pestle are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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