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美国梦幻流行/民谣组合DAMON & NAOMI 2016中国巡演

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2016年9月19日 星期一 20:30 至 23:30
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美国梦幻流行/民谣组合DAMON & NAOMI 2016中国巡演

重归九零年代的怀旧之声,温暖如春的二重奏

DAMON & NAOMI继GALAXIE 500(银河五百)之后首度默片电影结合现场表演


来自美国的梦幻流行双人组DAMON & NAOMI,早早组建于二十五年前的1991年,乐队以两位乐手的名字命名,而更早以前他们的身份是著名的非主流摇滚组合GALAXIE 500(银河500)的主要成员。组建于1987年的GALAXIE 500(银河五百)乐队,绝对是非主流摇滚兴起的弄潮儿,然而在推出了3张广受好评的专辑后就终结了她的美好时代。


之后的一段时间DAMON & NAOMI将注意力转移到他们的先锋图书出版公司Exact Change上。一直到1992年,在音乐制作人Mark Kramer的不断争取下,二人才重回录音室,DAMON & NAOMI的第一张专辑《More Sad Hits》得以诞生。随后两张专辑《The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi》和《Playback Singers》则是在著名的非主流摇滚厂牌Sub Pop旗下推出。


由于DAMON & NAOMI陆续在其专辑作品中与日本迷幻/实验摇滚乐队GHOST的乐手共同创作和共同发行了联名专辑,这也为他们在日本的发展打开了市场,其后的很多次日本巡演都被拍摄制作成为DVD收录到专辑中作为限量发行。2005年DAMON & NAOMI开始经营自己的音乐厂牌“|20|20|20”,其后6年间连续在自己厂牌旗下发行了三张专辑。


除了音乐,Damon还曾在2004年发行过一本名为《The Memory Theater Burned》的诗集。二人还花时间将之前由知名独立电影厂牌Plexifilm所拍摄过的GALAXIE 500的影像资料整理成双DVD。


2015年DAMON & NAOMI发行了黑胶唱片《Fortune》,一并发行的还有Naomi Yang的默片电影《Fortune》。这部默片的内容主要回忆了Naomi Yang拣拾搜集作为摄影师的父亲遗留的大量个人作品以及这些作品关联的自己童年时光。《Fortune》整部电影配乐均由DAMON & NAOMI创作,播放出来就像一部加长版音乐录影带,也像是一部自带节拍器的视觉诗,观众能够从始至终的享受在音乐氛围中。


无论作为唱片亦或电影,《Fortune》其实都更像是一张富于表现的肖像。重点不在于任何明显的叙事,而是营造一种梦幻般身临其境的舒适空间感,观众可以自由在情绪中出入。


虽然11首新歌还被DAMON & NAOMI重新构建为单纯的演唱版本,不过在接下来的巡演中,二人将会为大家呈现以这部默片为背景的现场视听体验。


Damon & Naomi are an American dream pop/indie folk duo, formed in 1991 by Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang, formerly of Galaxie 500.

 

After Galaxie 500 completed a tour of the US supporting The Cocteau Twins, guitarist and vocalist Dean Wareham quit the band, forcing the cancellation of an imminent Japanese tour.


Damon & Naomi had recorded a few tracks before the split, and these were released under the name Pierre Etoile by Rough Trade (UK) in July 1991. The duo then spent time working on their book publishing company Exact Change, with no plans to return to recording, until producer Mark Kramer urged them back into the studio. The resulting album, More Sad Hits was released on Kramer's "Shimmy Disc" label in 1992.

 

Following the release of More Sad Hits, Damon & Naomi were contacted by Kate Biggar and Wayne Rogers, whose band, Crystalized Movements, had recently lost its rhythm section. The two couples teamed up to form the psychedelic rock band Magic Hour, and released three albums between 1993 and 1996. At the same time, Damon & Naomi continued to record as a duo, releasing their second album, The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi on Sub Pop in 1995. The album was again produced by Kramer, however there was controversy as Kramer's production recreated the psychedelic leanings of the band's debut rather than the acoustic approach the band now preferred. Kramer initially refused to make changes, and although he eventually relented, he refused to return the original masters, claiming that they were destroyed. In 2013 that initial mix (including a heretofore unreleased track) was released as The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi, Bootleg Edition on the band's on 20/20/20 label in celebration of Record Store Day.

 

Their third album, Playback Singers, in 1998 was recorded at their home studio (Kali Studios) in Cambridge, MA, and was their first album recorded without the assistance of Kramer. The album included the song "Awake in a Muddle", written by Masaki Batoh of the psychedelic rock band Ghost, which marked the beginning of the ongoing relationship between the duo and the Japanese band. The album also included a cover of the Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine) song "Translucent Carriages",

 

In 2000, they cemented the relationship with Ghost by releasing the collaborative album Damon & Naomi with Ghost, recorded once again at the duo's Kali studios. The tour in support of the album featured Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara. In 2002, the Live in San Sebastian album was released, which had been recorded in May 2001 with Kurihara; the album was released with an additional DVD featuring a video tour diary by Yang.


During 2004, Damon had a book of poetry published (The Memory Theater Burned) and the duo also worked on pulling together a double DVD of Galaxie 500 videos that was released by Plexifilm.


On Valentine's Day 2005, Damon & Naomi's fifth studio album, The Earth Is Blue, was released on their own |20|20|20 label, the duo having amicably terminated their relationship with Sub Pop. The album again featured Kurihara on guitar as well as the avant-garde brass section of Greg Kelley and Bhob Rainey of Nmperign. The supporting tour featured all the guest musicians and one of the Japanese dates of the tour was videotaped and released as a limited-edition DVD at the end of 2005.


In 2006, Damon & Naomi set about recording their next album at Kali Studios, once again with Kurihara guesting. In 2007, they did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon. The band's sixth studio album Within These Walls was released in September 2007, also on their own |20|20|20 label.


Damon & Naomi released their seventh studio album False Beats and True Hearts on May 9, 2011, once again on their |20|20|20 label and on Broken Horse (UK & Europe).


NEW ALBUM《Fortune》

“Grey day celebration music for meshed afternoons; eleven strums and songs to savor as you wander till spring. Did Damon & Naomi dream them? Did I? Will you?” — Andy Zax


The pair’s latest project, Fortune, is an LP released in tandem with Naomi Yang’s video piece of the same name. She refers to the work as “a silent movie,” though the visuals are so bound up in the music (and vice versa) that it’s more of a long-form music video, a visual poem set to the metronome of a textural score.

She conceived of the piece to explore conflicting feelings surrounding her father’s recent passing; Yang was suddenly burdened with a massive archive of his artistic work (her father was a photographer), as well as the ongoing aftermath of flawed parenting. Her use of the term “fortune,” then, is tinged with sardonicism but also with nostalgia—portraits from the 1940s and ’50s painted by protagonist Norman von Holtzendorff’s father (also recently deceased, and who also left his archive in Norman’s hands) feature prominently.

An ongoing tarot card motif ties in another facet of the suddenly slippery term “fortune,” using Damon & Naomi’s now familiar brand of close, acoustic warmth to explore the past’s bearing on the future: “I want to be over / To touch and be gone / Forget this amnesia.”

Fortune—as a film or an album—is itself an expressive portrait, but doesn’t adhere to any obvious narrative; rather, it’s a comfortable space that the viewer can move in and out of, dreamlike and immersive.

The eleven new songs don’t require visual accompaniment—Damon & Naomi have constructed the sequence to communicate through sound alone—but at upcoming performances the duo will be presenting them live as a soundtrack to Yang’s “silent” film.


Albums

·             More Sad Hits (1992) Shimmy Disc

·             The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi (1995) Sub Pop

·             Playback Singers (1998) Sub Pop/Rykodisc

·             With Ghost (2000)

·             Song to the Siren (2002)

·             The Earth Is Blue (2005)

·             Within These Walls (2007)

·             False Beats and True Hearts (2011)

·             The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi, Bootleg Edition (2013) 20/20/20

·             Fortune (2015)


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