The Galaxy Electric on Everything Is Light And Sound

Cosmically tribal with a mixture of bossanova, psychedelia, and the energy of revolution, The Galaxy Electric sets the mood for otherworldly experiences. Using lo-fi recording techniques, sound design- infused arrangements, and primitive reverb and echo devices, they forge their unique sonic palette. Dusty tapes, overly saturated images, and a sense of nostalgia for the way we used to imagine things would be encompass the spirit of this endeavor. Let Jacqueline whisk you away with her song bird-like vocals, while Augustus mans the controls of his static emitting devices and let their retro-futuristic pop tunes take you to the next dimension.
The Galaxy Electiric’s Everything is Light and Sound was self-released on Jun 18 and we caught up with the band to discuss it. This is what they told us.
Did you have any guest musicians play or sing on the record?
Yes we did. A couple tracks feature guest musicians. No one sang besides Jacqueline, and I have one small singing part on one of the songs.
When did you begin writing the material for your most recent album?
But, one of the song ideas started earlier than that. We had some intense writing sessions that started in late 2012 that really gave birth to the project.
What was the most difficult song to take from the initial writing stage through recording and mixing? Why was it so troublesome?
“Nightmares.” There was a lot of sound design and sound effects that required some painstaking techniques. The vocal layers got a bit complicated too. Jacqueline believes that the song wrong wrote itself too soon. The initial idea came to her long before this project existed. So, it sat dormant for years before it could fully come to life.
Which of the songs on the record is most different from your original concept for the song?
“Luminosity.” It started out really really fast and a completely different rhythm and feeling. Susan Lucia, who played drums on a lot of the tracks, introduced an Afrobeat infused rhythm during a rehearsal, and it came together in that moment. We didn’t expect that.
Who produced the record? What input did that person have that changed the face of the record?
I did (Augustus Green). Having in mind how things were going to sit tonally informed a lot of the decisions that were made, in terms of arrangements and instrument personnel. It’s making many of those choices that I feel makes me a producer, as well as a musician on the album.
Is there an overarching concept behind your new album that ties the record together?
We explored sonic and social consciousness on this album. Peace is the message, music is the vehicle with which we transmit that message.
Have you begun playing these songs live and which songs have elicited the strongest reaction from your fans?
We have been playing these songs live for a few months. Our album release show was June 18 in DC at Songbyrd. Dreamland.. We like playing “Temporal” live because it seems to be the most well known song and you can see the audience relax a bit because they know what’s coming.
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