Confusions release new EP ‘Grounds’

Confusions, an experimental musical outfit founded by Ben Turner, have release an 8 track EP today. Confusions have recently been signed bt Earth Libraries. Anyone namechecking Werner Herzog has our attenton! So, give it a listen…it’s a bit pop, a bit funky. Over to Ben for all the chat….

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Grounds was a place for me to process grief, observation, and connection. I was experimenting with romanticism, experimental pop, new wave, and surf influences. Recording and writing have generally been synonymous processes for me. As I was writing these songs, I was making a lot of lo-fi demos. They were lo-fi, largely due to restrictions of my setup at the time. But I had a Roland SP-404 I used to treat the audio, which added to the lo-fi character as well. The textures in these demos began to feel congruent to the emotions I was processing. Because of this, Brendan had the idea to blend lo-fi and hi-fi signals, of the same instrument, voice, sample, etc. This approach began to represent the varying levels of clarity I felt within myself, during a time of grief and many changes. We had the opportunity to track the percussion, as well as some of the pianos and guitars, in a recital hall. Thanks, Donna! We were really keen on the acoustics in this space. We recorded as much as we could in a week. Then we generally worked from a distance the rest of the album. We would intermittently meet up in Chicago, Cleveland, and Columbus, to overdub, exchange files, and work on re-amping layers. These trips were my favorite part of making the record. Each time we got together, something new and unexpected would come out of the process. Sometimes we would throw on a Werner Herzog documentary, and work in parallel on different things. We started to call these “Herzog sessions,” which for us, also involved burritos, impossible burgers, and long breaks. We had some really good times making this album.”

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