Feel: a gliding tapestry between emotional poles; an unawareness of whether you have arrived at the nadir or zenith; a certainty that you rest on a precipice.
See: lone fires in vast open spaces, crows pecking at a corpse, bare skin lying on naked earth.
Hear: a paradoxical cocktail of indulgence and refrain – quintessentially human – fuck to it and die.
Conceived in Brooklyn, Von Haze, is the realization of creative duo Travis Caine and Katherine Kin. The two met one hot night in Virginia while at university almost ten years ago. They played music in many forms together mostly for themselves before deciding to start Von Haze and share their twisted love ballads. The pair creates music that is defined by a belief that raw energy and sincere emotion – between the notes – are the real measure of power in music. Sounds fluctuate from gentle, plaintive melodies and melancholic narratives to southern psychedelic pop replete with hypnotic beats and searing guitar feedback, always sounding more 1974 than 1984.
Travis and Katherine recorded most of the EP themselves in Brooklyn, then set out to a dilapidated town in a forgotten corner of Michigan with dear friend and artistic collaborator Richard Fearless at Key Club studio for mixing. Travis had worked with Richard before on the Black Acid record, as well as on several other projects such as an Oasis remix for their latest album, “Dig Out Your Soul”, and a Roky Erickson song for an upcoming Sonic Cathedral release.
In Michigan, the duo found themselves surrounded by the essence of the town’s agrarian religious past and dire bleakness of scenery where beauty is the broken window of an abandon factory. Only a bike ride away from Lake Michigan, they were provided the energy and setting of a new location to mix for Travis and Katherine (a much-needed change from being holed up in Brooklyn amidst the city’s frenetic energy and endless distractions.) Using the Flickinger Mixing console once owned by Sly Stone, Richard Fearless completed the Von Haze circle by bringing his gift for exposing the nerve of a song; thus the record was complete.