NYC’s Chamber Punk Outfit, Warp Trio Announces New Record “Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy” [featring Mirah & Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez]
NYC’s Chamber Punk Outfit, Warp Trio Announces New Record “Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy” [featring Mirah & Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez]—
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Genres: Chamber Pop, Indie Rock, Classical, Hip-Hop, PsychedelicRecommended Tracks: 2,3,6RIYL: Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Of Montreal, Kishi Bashi, Andrew Bird, Amanda Palmer, Anaïs Mitchell, Daft Punk, Justice, Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, Now Vs. Now
“Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy” is available for pre-order and out August 20th on people | places | reocrds [CD and Digital Platforms].
Hi friends – excited to share this super fun chamber-pop record from NYC’s Warp Trio. The record showcases classically trained musicians exploring high energy generes such as dance, hip-hop and indie pop and features a slew of guest vocalists including Mirahand Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez. Those who love hearing highly skilled instrumentalists showcase their talents in new and exicting ways will love this record!
Music videos, The Well Feat. Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is out July 7th and music video Welcome to the Pandemic Disco Feat. Likwuid & Mirah.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Like musicians all over the World, New York City’s Warp Trio entered the Fall of 2020 with a full instrumental record ready to go, but no tour to play it on. In light of their forced hiatus from road life, and in efforts to make something positive out of these dark days, they decided to get to work on a new record that would not only signify the times, but also one that they would purposefully not be able to feasibly take on the road. Rick threw down some beats and bass, Mikael added his keys and synths, and after Josh & J.Y created a lush Disco-esque orchestra of strings, they reached out to some of their talented and inspiring vocalist, filmmaker, animator, and dancer friends to collaborate on a project that aims to show a small glimpse of the roller-coaster of feelings and experiences lived by folks in this time of tumult.
After many hours of home recording, “Zoom-Jams”, and a few All-Night film shoots, Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy was born. Clocking in at a little over half an hour, P.D.F. is a six-track video concept album that musically posits the Warp Trio alongside several guest vocalists (Likwuid, Mirah, Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Daniel Henri Emond, and Claire Wellin) as soloists with an orchestra. Each track is accompanied by a video chapter that tells the fantastical stylized story of the narrative. Visually, the movement talents of Emily Houghton, Sophia Qin’s psychedelic animations, and the filmmaking prowess of Andrew Wells Ryder bring the music to life.
Against the campy imaginary backdrop of a “Pandemic Disco”, the record explores some of the very real and serious issues that have been brewing for years, but have come to light within the current climate; police brutality, racial and class equity, mental health, and media distrust, among others, with the overarching theme being a message that even though things are rough, we can (hopefully) all pull through and emerge stronger on the other side.
The record sets out to take the listener on a journey; from the Daft Punk influenced intro track, “Captivity” to the final piece, “Release”, a folk inspired tune that uses the same melody, P.D.F. is a wild ride that comes from over a year of wanting to go out to a dance club, of dreaming of hearing a live chamber orchestra, of having the urge to sing without abandon at a trashy karaoke bar, and of hoping to turn on the news without dreading it. It is unapologetically indulgent, over the top, chock full of guilty pleasures, and simultaneously reminiscent of the good times while looking ahead to the better times and brighter days.
SINGLES/MUSIC VIDEOS/RELEASE CALENDAR
A collaboration between Warp Trio, and the rising sensation Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, “The Well” is a sweeping and epic tour de force that depicts the story of how isolation during the pandemic forces one to confront one’s self-identity, deal with their demons, and conquer them. The music video features the talents of amazing New York City dancer Emily Houghton with original choreography. July 28 – “Welcome to the Pandemic Disco” Feat. Likwuid & Mirah [MUSIC VIDEO]
Combining the spirit of the words as beautifully captured by Mirah an Likwuid, with the subtext of the current reality of the ubiquity of our digital selves juxtaposed with the desire to just get out an dance, “Welcome to the Pandemic Disco”, the second Chapter of the Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy, tells a serious story about the year 2020 within the campy context of the over-the-top Disco Fantasy setting.
“After writing some instrumental material, we pitched Likwuid and Mirah the lyrics “Is this a Fantasy? Is this reality?”, to use as the springboard for lyrical content. Being the lyrical rock stars that they are, they came up with lyrics that pack hard hitting, rhapsodic truth-telling into the contexts of a radio-length pop song.” – Warp Trio
“While writing and singing these words I was thinking about the work, the effort, of fighting for justice, the purifying nature of entering into this struggle, the focus and commitment required, and also that love is at the root of what drives us to do it.” – Mirah
July 3rd, Virtual Album Preview Show (Through Groupmuse)
August 2nd – 6th, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Caroga Lake, NY
October 2nd – Weatherwax Hall, Jackson, MI
October 4th – 8th – University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
November 4th – Shapeshifter Lab (with Palaver Strings), Brooklyn, NY
November 5th – TBA (with Palaver Strings), Boston, MA
November 6th – O’Maine Studio (with Palaver Strings), Portland, ME
Written and Recorded by Warp Trio, Likwuid, Mirah, Raina, Daniel, and Claire.
Warp Trio is…
Mikael Darmanie – Piano/Keyboards
Josh Henderson – Violin, Electric Bass, Guitar
J.Y. Lee – Cello
Rick Martinez – Drums, Synths
Mixed by Nick Smeraski
Mastered by Greg Saunier
Piano Tracks engineered by Iver Atkins at Skillman Music
Electric Bass and Electric Violin Re-amped by Drew Guido
Supplemental “Orchestral” cello parts recorded by Julia Henderson
Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy
Release date: Friday, August 20th 2021
1.Warp Trio – I: Captivity 2.Warp Trio – II: Welcome to the Pandemic Disco (Feat. Likwuid & Mirah) 3.Warp Trio – III: The Well (Feat. Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez) 4.Warp Trio – IV: Snake Eyes Run Dry (Feat. Daniel Henri Emond) 5.Warp Trio – V: Dragon Dance 6.Warp Trio – VI: Release (Feat. Claire Wellin)
Photo by Simon Yu, Album Artwork by Sophia Qin,
We would like to thank Toby Aronson – Publicist of C L A N D E S T I N E L A B E L S E R V I C E S for the artist profile and press release.