La música de Brian Hancheck está llena de referencias fácilmente identificables por cualquier buen aficionado a la música Popular de estas últimas décadas. Afinidades que nos llevan a relacionarlo rápidamente por su sonido cercano al Shoegaze mezclado con aderezos Dream-Pop. En cualquier caso, Brian, o bien The Artic Flow, el nombre de su proyecto, editó a finales del pasado 2011 un Ep de largo título As close to a kiss as we will ever be (Ep, 2011) con el que el sello Little Treasure dio salida a su segunda referencia. Compañeros del sello Bubbletone, con quienes les unen muchas concordancias, Little Treasure se complace en invitarnos a disfrutar de su catálogo adentrándonos en su página.
“One boy creating dreamy songs of love and loss. Listening to The Arctic Flow is like watching old home movies, or listening to the headphones with the lights out. It’s all strangely familiar, and brand new at the same time. The sound of The Arctic Flow is a dreamy sound scape: Lots of floating guitars lost amid a blur of breathy vocals and that old familiar heartache” (Facebook)
“We’re fascinated by the various reactions of those artists who pioneered the “shoegaze” sound in the 80’s and 90’s. While they seem split, we have a firm belief. Great songwriting makes for brilliant music, regardless of the genre. While the effects pedals or the production of the song may exactly replicate the sound of a band you’ve heard before, it’s the assemblage of notes that makes any song stand out.
Which brings us to The Arctic Flow. Songs veer from ethereal beauty to pop delicacies while maintaining an dream-like quality (watch us deftly avoiding adjectives like; icy, chilling, etc….) that leaves you with a disconcerted smile…..just the way we like it.
Brian Hancheck is the one-man show behind this avalanche (oh crap, we did it anyway didn’t we….) of sound (…)
TDOA: Can you talk about the challenges of this being a solo project? Do you enjoy being able to control all the parts or do you occasionally wish for outside contributions by adding people to the project?
AF: I guess the biggest challenge is when time is a factor, trying to get everything recorded in such a short time can be crazy. In the past when I used to play with other bands, the challenge was communicating my ideas to others. It’s much easier for me now and it just works. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but I can’t see it any other way.
On the other hand, I have a couple of projects that I am collaborating on with some other artists, but it’s mostly just a one time thing.
I do wish I had someone to help me on vocals sometimes. You know, someone to sort of coach me along. But, yeah, I enjoy being able to do this on my own. It suites my personality really well. TDOA: It’s easy for writers to make the ’shoegaze’ association, but the shoegaze movement had a lot of different types of bands. Can you talk about the bands that have influenced you the most?
But to answer your question, and I could fill a book, but obviously The Cocteau Twins and Slowdive are two huge influences. The Cure is my favorite band ever, even though I don’t really sound like The Cure. But The Smiths, Map, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Starflyer 59, The Beach Boys, and recently Horseshoes and Victory VIII, have been great influences” (thedumbingofamerica.net)
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