New Release! suadade by .gif

Photo by Chew Wei Shan.

weish and din make music under the name .gif, one of my favorite acts these days, and they just released a 4-track EP worth listening to from beginning to end, over and over again. I suggest you check out the stream above and judge for yourself, come back here to read the stuff from the press release, then go to their bandcamp site for immediate download.

(from the press release)

The Band

Pronounced |dot jif|, .gif is an electronic duo comprising weish (vocals, synths) and din (synths, beats, production). Being frequently occupied with other musical projects, they treat .gif as a space of freedom, respite, and honesty. Major influences include electronic acts such as The Analog Girl, Frou Frou, Thievery Corporation, and Thom Yorke. They also derive much inspiration from bands such as Alt-J and The xx, as well as many seminal Singaporean bands, such as Plainsunset and Serenaide. Much of .gif’s subject matter also draws from literature, from largely modernist writers such as Fitzgerald, Frost, and Beckett. The songs largely revolve around the modern condition and .gif aims to express these emotions in an intensely personal, and hopefully meaningful, way.

The Album

saudade is a Portuguese and Galician word that has no direct translation in English. It describes a felt emptiness or absence–a deep emotional state of nostalgic or deeply melancholic longing for an absent something or someone. It often carries the repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return. Also described as “the love that remains”, and is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement or pleasure. It is both a sad and happy feeling–sadness for missing and gladness for having experienced the memory.

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