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Moby – Dream About Me (Booka Shade Remix)

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My father dreams of flying, circling with gulls among the billowing sails of the clipper ships pulling into harbor. He recounts his reverie in giddy excitement over a cup of coffee, his hair still tousled from the whipping wind.

My sister dreams of a haircut undesired. “You’ll need to cut it all off if you want to leave this place.”

My neighbor dreams of chocolate, a bathtub full of the good Belgian stuff that his grandmother used to give him when his mother wasn’t looking.

My friend dreams of the perfect wave, curling into a never-ending barrel she can ride into the sunset.

My grandfather dreams of angels in the clouds. They stroke their lyres and call to him. The warm light of a life well lived floods his bedroom.

My boss dreams of sleeping in, and having breakfast with his family. But the alarm sounds and he’s off into the dawn.

The woman sleeping in her car in front of my apartment building dreams of a time before. There had been a fire and a family. But no longer.

My cat dreams of lizards, scampering across his eyeline and dying with grace as he tears their bellies to shreds and purrs with pride.

I dream of losing all my teeth. First they fall out, one by one, before pouring from my mouth in a torrent. What does that mean?

You tell me your dreams when you wake up, huddled close for warmth. You tell me that you dream of adventure, of sleeping in, of flying, of a cozy winter night. You tell me what your dreams mean. Who am I to say if you’re right or wrong?

Who am I to ask, that you dream about me.

Moby – Dream About Me (Booka Shade Remix)

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Interview

EMPT Exclusive Interview: Superhumanoids

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All band names are not created equal. The Monkees is weak. Led Zeppelin is heavy. Yes is boring, yet quirky. Thievery Corporation is genius.

Superhumanoids is up there with The Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire as one of the best-named active bands. No one really knows what a superhumanoid is, but its evocative, playful and slightly threatening at the same time.

Cameron Parkins, Sarah Chernoff and Max St. John formed Superhumanoids in Los Angeles in 2010. The past three years have seen their profile rise exponentially, as their homegrown, meticulously produced pop-rock tracks gained an international following and recognition by a number of high profile  websites and publications.

In August, the band released “Exhibitionists,” their debut LP, to unanimous acclaim. The EMPT team has featured a handful of the tracks from that album already, and has fallen in love with the catchy, dreamy grooves.

We caught up with the band in the middle of their current national tour (schedule here…catch them in a city near you!) to hear their take on life, culture and their favorite Roy Choi restaurant.

EMPT: Does the label of “LA Band” mean anything more than the obvious physical location? What makes a band/sound “LA”? 

SH: There is a specific culture here – the weather, the Mexican food, the people, the casual lifestyle. Musically everyone here is so diverse that all you can really know when reading “LA Band” is that you aren’t sure what style of music will come off the Soundcloud player once you hit play.

EMPT: Who do you consider to be your artistic contemporaries?

SH: Taylor Cohen, who directed our last video and is working on our current one. Evan Weinerman , who directed our earlier videos. Hassan Rahim who designed all of our artwork. Nick Walker who shoots all of our photography. Then the obvious bands and musicians we consider close friends – PAPA, Mini Mansions, Classixx, Local Natives, Kisses, Grouplove – the whole Innovative Leisure family.

EMPT: If HBO called and offered you the credit song slot on “Girls,” what would you say?

SH: Yes, thank you.

EMPT: What is your favorite beer brand?

SH: Corona in a can.

EMPT: If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?

SH: Making music in some form.

EMPT: Any bands our readers should be on the lookout for?

SH: All the above mentioned – also the new Body Parts album is very fiery and Jon Wayne‘s new jammers are next level.

EMPT: Kogi, Chego, A-Frame, Sunny Spot? (A bit of background on this question: Roy Choi is the founder of Kogi and is considered a catalyst for the modern food truck and fusion movement. He is a cultural celebrity in Los Angeles, and an avowed fan and friend of Superhumanoids.)

SH: A-Frame no doubt. We collectively had one of the best meals of our lives there. Kogi if you’re drunk.

Thanks, Superhumanoids! Find them on the interwebs at http://superhumanoids.com/ and @superhumanoids.

Superhumanoids – Geri

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Music

Walt & Vervain – Babe’s Lair

Perhaps its dirge-like quality is what initially drew me in, with a tuba line that is straight up sexy. “Babe’s Lair” by the french solo project Walt & Vervain, takes indie pop to a new level of strange. French and English lyrics are ambiguously intertwined, making for an ethereal vibe. I felt like I was at Coney Island on an overcast day, half-expecting Tom Waits to magically appear out of nowhere.

This song bleeds nostalgia for the unknown. The kind where you’re overcome by fleeting impressions of the past that leave you craving more.  You know when you look into someone’s eyes and instantly feel you’ve known them your whole life? They make you fall in love with love. I’m talking about the person who ends up mingling in the depths of your mind, materializing only in your dreams. He is perpetually doomed to loiter in the periphery of your awareness; yet he has been known to surrender his silhouette into the shadows of your night.  Withdrawing into the wilderness of dreams, anything is possible as you are boundless and free to explore the labyrinth of your mind, sans physical limitations.

The hazy divide between waking and sleeping can be deceptive, and the video animation of this song captures the mysterious essence of the dream life where anything goes. The description of the video reads “for a man who’s wasting his time in the tired souls’ cave…” and it is a tribute to the german expressionists, Lotte Reiniger, and the game Limbo. The scenes remind me of a Walt Whitman line that goes “by sailors young and old haply will I, a reminiscence of the land, be read.” This song is a trip, an other-worldly escape from the scurf of daily experience. As you listen, let it take you back into your lair, drifting through slumber towards the infinite.

Walt & Vervain – Babe’s Lair