Relations is the musical brainchild of Terence Murren and Michael Sanders. They first joined forces in a New England high school more than a decade ago, as part of a Modern Lovers cover band. Through their subsequent musical and geographical journeys the two have remained the closest of friends, corresponding throughout on their musical comings and goings. In 2011 the two decided it was time to compose and record.
Sanders descibes how they set about writing the EP:
“The creative process happens in a number of ways. Each song is a journey. Some start as beats and grow into parts that become songs... some are snippets of hours and hours of jamming... and others are fully formed ideas that I bring in to be arranged by T and myself.”
They built on their disparate musical journeys, ranging from screaming loud indie rock to traditional jazz, in an attempt to create something eclectic and push each other out of their comfort zones. This created a sonic narrative of where they have been, and where their ears have begun to pull them. The result is strange, gritty, and somehow nostalgic.
“At an early stage in the project we decided to only program drums and play all the keyboards live. This, coupled with vintage amps and verb, keeps everything living and breathing on top of the electronic drums.”
On Relations, their self titled EP recorded and produced in Brooklyn by Glass Rifle's PJ Norman, you hear their decade long, musical correspondence. Through a rush of noisy guitar and synths, detailed drum sequences, and riding bass lines, they present the polaroids of their musical journey. Spanning across decades of influences, you are likely to hear a little Blur, Kraftwerk, New Order, The Lemonheads, The Knife and Pavement.
On hearing the finished tracks for the first time:
“We were pretty proud. It's amazing to reunite with an old music brother after 10+ years and make sweet sweet music together.”
You can attempt to compare them to any contemporary NYC garage rock outfit, but in reality, you are likely to get the feeling of nostalgia, modern love and rock 'n' roll. They are likely to be okay with that.
released June 12, 2012
Artwork designed by Bleu Noire.
Written by Relations.
Produced by PJ Norman and Relations.
Recorded and mixed by PJ Norman.
Mastered at Salt Mastering by Paul Gold.
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