Eerie Wanda began as the music project of Croatian/Dutch singer-songwriter Marina Tadic. After graduating art school she joined the Amsterdam group Earth Mk. II on guitar. Finding inspiration in bands like The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants, Beat Happening & Daniel Johnston, Marina decided to try her hand at writing her own songs. After a collection of her bedroom demos began circulating among friends in the Amsterdam music scene they eventually made their way to Jacco Gardner’s bassist Jasper Verhulst. After adding Bram Vervaet on lead guitar and Nic Niggebrugge (also currently in Jacco Gardner) on drums, tracking began for the debut Eerie Wanda album in an old Cold War-era bunker in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Their first live shows were met with much enthusiasm and a slot supporting L.A. band the Allah Las for several dates on a European tour was quickly secured.
Eerie Wanda is marked by Marina’s sepia-toned songs, sung in a dreamy tenor and based around timeless melodies and arrangements. The songs stick to a classic formula, evoking a warm summery nostalgia and drawing comparisons to Broadcast, Angel Olsen & the tuneful dynamics of Buddy Holly.
Andrew Bernstein is releasing a new record called The Great Outdoors, March 18th via his hometown of Baltimore’s Ehse Records. Supporting tour dates include Baltimore, Brooklyn, and a run up the west coast. The Great Outdoors isn’t exactly just a record (although it will be available as a cassette and compact disc). The album was conceived and composed alongside four fascinating audio/visual animations. The three album tracks and complimentary online components challenge what a traditional album can be and reveal Bernstein’s multifarious creative process.
The Great Outdoors is Andrew Bernstein’s first proper full-length album for Ehse Records. His past solo releases include Cult Appeal (Hausu Mountain), The Insane Root (Ehse) & Unnatural Music For Cassette (Ehse). Read press hits in Village Voice, Baltimore City Paper, AdHoc, Tiny Mix Tapes and SPIN. Bernstein is also member of the excellent band, Horse Lords.
Protect-U: Proxies for the word “synthesizer” usually imply some sort of limitation: box, rig, assembly, gear, array, machine, and so on. In Protect-U’s hands, though, synths are liberated to contribute whatever they can toward body-moving and brain-waving. The Washington, D.C., duo — Mike Petillo and Aaron Leitko — treats every piece of hardware as an expression of possibility, and then enjoins those circuits into its rhythm-driven mission.
“Free USA,” Protect-U’s first LP, is merely one high-glow reference point in a planetarium that includes various head-approved EPs, mixes and remixes, as well as a solid history of live shows where established hooks, improvised grooves and new math unite to both honor and disrupt the precepts of house and techno.