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INTERVIEW: Iris Lune
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Aaron: Thanks! We’ve all been quite angry and looking to unleash our frustration, so we hope we’ve come to the right place.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost In Chatter”?
Ella: Lost in Chatter is inspired by Alice in Wonderland, specifically by the last chapter. It’s a colorful and surreal upbeat tune, kind of what you would expect from something that’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s vivid imagination.
It’s about being drowned out by all the noise around you, by all the peripherals; being lost in the chatter and not being able to think or see clearly. But it’s also about awakening and realizing that there is so much wrong around us, and if you’re able to turn off that chatter perhaps you’ll be able to see what’s real and what’s not. I think that this song is relevant to today’s world on so many levels, whether it’s the media around us, relationships, or the political reality we’re in. I love the fact that it’s dark and dancey, it’s the perfect illusion.
Aaron: It’s the most representative of our current sound. Our last EP featured more lush vibes and textured soundscapes, while Lost in Chatter’s first demo was full-on EDM. The EP version that just premiered is somewhere in the middle.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Ella: We wrote this song as part of a really intriguing project by Foundwaves blog a couple of years ago. They curated a series inspired by Alice in Wonderland, and had several bands create original songs inspired by each chapter of the book. Our prompt was the last chapter, the one in which Alice wakes up from her dream. I’ve always loved the book and found it fascinating. It was a really fun project and definitely brought out fresh flavors in our writing.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Angelo: We’re going to be releasing live videos soon for our first two singles, “Sewing Skylines to Shores” and “Paper Mache”, and we’re hoping to do one for “Lost in Chatter” as well!
Aaron: We’d love to have a music video made for it. Our last video was for our song “Triplets” and came out really well. Unlike this video though, I think for Lost in Chatter, we’d opt for something more live, perhaps featuring ourselves in it to some capacity. To me, Ella’s description of being drowned out by all the noise around you directly resembles social media and I think it could be fun to toy with a concept that falls in the lane of the show Black Mirror.
Why naming the album after this track in particular?
Ella: It was clear to us that we want to name the EP after one of the tracks. Lost in Chatter just seemed like the strongest and most relevant. NYC toughens you, and as a musician you have to constantly push forward and not lose your determination and integrity. There’s so much going on around you, so much noise and chatter. It’s almost too easy to let yourself slip, drown in it, and forget why you chose to be an artist. Being a part of Iris Lune is amazing, because there’s always this push and pull between us. If one of us is down, the others will lift them up. If we get lost in the chatter around us, one of us is bound to remind the others what we’re trying to accomplish here.
Aaron: Preach Ella! ha. One purely functional reason for me was because the other titles were too long or had multiple ways they could be spelled, but no huge reasons on either side. I did think Sewing Skylines to Shores would be an epic title, but I guess this is a cue to start working on my solo album, “Sewing Skylines to Shores”.
How was the recording and writing process?
Ella: Asher and I worked on it in my first apartment in Brooklyn. He came up with this really cool synth hook, and that sparked the whole song. I sat with it for a while and came up with a melody, and later on worked through the lyrics with my wife, a writer who collaborates with us sometimes. The tricky part for me was to write a melody that would sound catchy and smooth over the 7/4 hook, but eventually it came to me and I’m really happy with the result. We both produced it, and later on Dalton Harts (who also produced our first EP) added his magic and mixed it.
Asher: Because of the Foundwaves project, there was an older version of this song that we had out for a bit on our Soundcloud as a secret track with the last EP. We didn’t promote it at all and knew it sounded too clubby for us at the time. When we revamped it, I had been listening to a ton of producer/DJ, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D.), and loved how even though it was clubby and dancey, it had this analog/organic feel to it. We definitely took some influence from the track “Tapes & Money”.
What role does Brooklyn play in your writing?
Asher: The community were involved with here in BK is constantly inspiring our writing process. There’s so much incredible music being made by our peers in all genres. It’s so refreshing to have numerous perspectives on songwriting and production ideas at all times.
Aaron: I live a 10-15 minute bike ride from too many awesome venues to count, and every night of the week there is a show going on till 2am and a place to get a bite next door open just as late. On top of what Asher said, sometimes the sheer fact that I can go to the corner deli at any hour of the day will keep me up till 5am working. Even when my schedule follows a more “normal” routine, just knowing that I’m in a community that values art and creativity so heavily gives me drive to keep creating.
How has your Middle East roots influenced your music?
Ella: I was born and raised in Israel. I moved to the states about seven years ago, so spent most of my life under the Middle Eastern sun (which I miss terribly!). I definitely have Middle Eastern inflections in my singing, as well as in the harmonies I’m drawn to. In a way, living so far from home has made me more connected to these mannerisms. They’re connected to so many parts of me, to the history of music in that area, to culture, to language… I also love using mythology and cultural aspects in my lyrics. There’s so many depth and layers in ancient stories and customs, and being able to fuse all of these together, in music, makes it really exciting.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Ella: People I meet, a song I’ve never heard before, Jewish mythology, a fight with a friend, a tranquil garden after a storm, the tingling you get when you eat chocolate with chili flakes… Every song has its own story. Inspiration can be anywhere, all you need to do is to be open and nonjudgmental. The more you listen to your gut instinct and train that muscle the more inspiration you’ll find. When I get inspired, I sometimes can’t sleep because of the excitement. I get into this trance and need to get the ideas out. It’s kind of funny, actually, I become like a kid who can’t think of anything but riding their new bike!
Asher: I find a lot of my writing inspiration when looking through my telescope or being in nature and trying to capture a moment or particular view. Often, I’ll come up with a title first or phrase that encapsulates what I want to say and then write the music from there.
Any plans to hit the road?
Angelo: We’re mostly playing in and around New York, we’ve got our EP release show coming up on December 6th at Baby’s All Right that we’re super stoked about. We’ve been talking about doing a tour in the Spring, but nothing is concrete as of right now.
Aaron: We’d love to tour! I think a support slot for a national act would be really good for us right now.
What else is happening next in Iris Lune’s world?
Aaron: Our EP release show is December 6th at Baby’s All Right with the fantastic MMEADOWS and Lip Talk. Working on a light show that will run in synch with our set. New band shirts. Community dinners. Next month we’ll also be debuting “Eclipse”, a peach hot sauce that we’re adding to our merch line, in collaboration with Dawson’s Hot Sauces from Hamilton, CA. It might sound like I’m kidding, but luckily, I’m definitely not. Give us a shout whenever!
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