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Free Screening of Spike Jonez + Arcade Fire’s “Scenes from the Suburbs” in MUBI

After successful screening in Berlin Film Festival and in SXSW, “Scenes from the Suburbs” can be viewed by the public this month via MUBI. The 30-minute short film is a companion piece of Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning album The Suburbs. After hitting it off with Spike Jonze in Where The Wild Things Are, brothers Win and Will Butler collaborated with Jonez for a science-fiction and martial law themed film projected sometime in the future. Snapshots of the work was earlier shown in the band’s music video for “The Suburbs” last November which pictured the militarization of a town while teens try to cope their own growing confusion.

Members of MUBI- a pay per view online cinema community- will show Scenes from the Suburbs free for two days beginning June 27. Before the premiere is a Q&A session with Arcade Fire on the 25th via MUBI’s YouTube page.

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Childhood and Memory: Ben Briand’s Apricot


Ben Brian admits that he is in debt tothe Internet. Based in Australia, his work has been published online and continue to create waves years after its release via online community’s growing love for his work. In his so-called trilogy, though in an interview he said it is not strictly a triad, Apricot stands out due to its simple story that seems every one can relate to, much more hope to be in.  It won the 2010 Vimeo Best Narrative Award and was part of the 32nd Moscow International Film Festival. The strength of the film lies in its seamless dialogues between the two characters, a natural series of conversation taking place in a coffee shop so raw you can hear the noise of other people dining in it.

Apricot is a ten-minute cliffhanger to a wider story each one of us wants to see flourish. Outlined in a tale of childhood memory, the dreamy sequences in the film play out as if you have closed your eyes in reverie consciously digging your way back to your earliest remembrance of it. The lush colors, the grainy feel of each frame setting in to the next makes Apricot too pleasurable to be done in a matter of minutes.

Enjoy Ben Briand’s Apricot here:

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Crossing the Russian Borders: I Am Waiting For You Last Summer (Part II- Interview)

After trying to contact I am waiting for you last summer to scold them for their confusing verb/time tenses, they have provided this humbling Q&A few days ago for a proper high-fives, take it with a grain of salt will you? Russians can be goofy especially at that crowning the DJ part.

And yes, they tend to speak in third person, too. Read on:

Q: How did you come up with the name?

Once upon a time there was a good summer.

Q: How did the band form? How did you guys meet/ start toying with the idea of a band?

Alex and Eugene met at local bar examining the gig of This Will Destroy You in October 2010. Alex played in a band called Epsilon Lyr and Eugene was a guitarist (of I am waiting for you last summer). These bands hardly breathed, and so at one of the parties at the same bar, after drinking a fair amount of whiskey, Alex came up to Eugene and asked him if he wanted to play together. Eugene agreed and the guys started writing material and rehearsing. Soon they invited his friend DJ Leo on one rehearsal as a listener, and soon he became a member of the band, responsible for the electronic component of music. The ceremony taking Leo to the band followed: at the building of the local government guys asked the King to christen Leo as DJ of IWFYLS, so The King did it and then a detachment of cavalry gave 3 honorary shot into the sky, and a thick needle was fastened with a DJ icon to the chest of Leo.
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I Am Waiting For You Last Summer (Part I- Review)

Left to Right: Eugene on guitar, Alex on guitar and Leo on electronics

The attachment to something that you have discovered on your own is an occurrence so rare that you choose to marvel at it with no desire to show it much less share it to others. This feeling, this selfishness in this entity (in this case in art) is not selfishness really, but more of protecting the rarity of this object, that luster you think cannot really last long if mainstreamed. This could be what drives those frantic art collectors stashing money out for revered pieces only for the rest of the world be shooed away while the piece hangs lonely, desolate on the wall. This sort of resentment makes writing this piece more personal but has to be done nonetheless.

Through tumblr’s visual polyamory, pages and pages and pages of high-def, glossy pictures, is a page aptly named “iwfyls“, that lead to the band I am waiting for you last summer. After few clicks, the band’s EP was added to iTunes and then the Crossing began.

With members of three, Russian band IWFYLS (not sure if it’s that how the band really shorten its nine-syllable name to eight, call it short?) weave layers and layers of muted feelings hidden behind their eponymous EP. Atmospheric tunes tinged by deep, building progressing guitar patches and thickened by steady industrial sounding electronics pay homage to post-rock acts such as Envy, Ireland’s God is an Astronaut and early Album Leaf.

“Solar Wind” is a slow- burning track laced in reverb guitars before exploding into convulating heights then slows down into steady only to build-up like a tornado sweeping what it has left in its first clearing. The guitar work in this one carries out the song well, especially at the beginning where it seems to build the tension then softening again mid-way, sheer pleasure. In “Gu” IWFYLS kicks it off with pulsing beats before it envelops into warm,  space that feels mostly dynamic due to that steady, tight thumping with the effect comparable to this year’s In Lieu’s tunes. Genius begins at 1:17 when the crisp guitar licks mix with flashes of airy sounds only to be over in a flash. Closing the sonic bliss is “Endless” which spans five minutes and twenty of assaulting instrumentation and shifts. In this track, though less catchy and melodic as the first two, establishes IWFYLS musicality. Effectively, this track feels the appropriate closer through its thrilling build-ups swirling in and out that feels like rummaging to the end of a tunnel after a long, eventful venture.

IWFYLS’ EP in its entirety pokes and jabs into your senses while it creates this somber, lukewarm feeling that probably has made post-rock a very personal affair than any other genre in rock. Though without words, bands in this field tend to screw with your feelings and can plead not guilty of it, IWFYLS gives no straight punches, just subtle, deep thrusts. This discovery of the Russia’s IWFYLS music continues with more insights precursor to this EP on the next piece.

Get the EP here via Bandcamp.
Or visit their Souncloud page here.

IWFYLS’ “Solar Wind”

IWFYLS’ “Gu”

IWFYLS’ “Endless”

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