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Diego Gonzalez & Jonas Reinhardt, Phil Manley Life Coach (solo), LFZ (w/Sean Smith), Snickers

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:55 pm | $10

The collaboration with Diego Gonzalez began over an extended meal at Le Garage in Sausalito. Discussing the use of Tambura in Uzbek folk art tradition, I suggested synthesizers would be a unique counterpart. He proposed we establish a sonic bridge between the two and draw from the results. The first experiment in this vein was ‘Pater Breugel’. In this piece, we melded the metallic resonance of the tamboura with the electric timbral equivalent of the synthesizer to intended affect. While an encouraging start, it was actually during the recording and mixing process that we discovered a phenomenon arguably more compelling. After ‘Pater’, we devised a system of layered pulses and drones to achieve what we playfully came to know as ‘The Throb’. Unlocked, the transportive nature of The Throb became the focus for the remaining set of recordings. What the listener finds is that, far from being emotionally obstructed by multiple resonant bass frequencies, The Throb acts as a catalyst and psycho-acoustic trigger for primal notions of warmth, becoming, and timelessness. From here we reasoned that, aside from the obvious connection to the human heartbeat, there must also exist associations to water-borne life, amniotic fluids, and of course, the motion of celestial bodies.

I am a San Francisco based recording engineer and producer. I’m also also a musician who plays in the band Trans Am and solo as Phil Manley Life Coach. I have also played with The Fucking Champs, Oneida, Jonas Reinhardt and Golden.

LFZ is the current musical endeavor of Sean Smith. Guitar is at the heart and synthesizers come into play at times, all manipulated by a vast array of analog and digital devices. The music is emotionally driven and rides the line between composition and improvisation. There is a deep experimentalism captured in the music of LFZ -all executed by tangible means. LFZ is exploratory of sights, sounds and the phenomenological.

“The music is super lo-fi, an avant, abstract, minimal murk pop, wreathed in TONS of FX, swaths of blurred reverb, a soft focus haze that renders the whole thing washed out and fantastically faded. It’s a druggy, woozy, downer melancholia with nods to Sparklehorse, Sentridoh, the Supreme Dicks, and other home brewed pop oddities, a crystalline collection of warble and waver that we’re digging a whole lot.” – Aquarius Records


July 27, 2018
8:30 pm - 11:55 pm


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