Dizzy Strange Summer
by Genevieve Artadi

— Released 17th July 2020 on Brainfeeder

On “Dizzy Strange Summer”, Genevieve Artadi offers a window into her ad-lib creativity and the LA community where it’s been nurtured. This is the vocalist, composer and producer’s second solo album, and it sees her stake out her own ground outside of her other groups KNOWER, Expensive Magnets and Everything’s Under Control. She brings her own slant to the DIY LA scene that she’s grown up in, melding influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova and avant-garde electronics. “Dizz...

On “Dizzy Strange Summer”, Genevieve Artadi offers a window into her ad-lib creativity and the LA community where it’s been nurtured. This is the vocalist, composer and producer’s second solo album, and it sees her stake out her own ground outside of her other groups KNOWER, Expensive Magnets and Everything’s Under Control. She brings her own slant to the DIY LA scene that she’s grown up in, melding influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova and avant-garde electronics. “Dizzy Strange Summer” marks not only Artadi’s debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, but her first self-produced project released on any record label. 

An impulsive spirit underwrites every part of the album, something reflected in the energy Genevieve devotes to create the videos to accompany them. It’s an honest, unmediated reflection of the period in which she created the music, supported by a close circle of like-minded musical friends including - but not limited to - Louis Cole (Brainfeeder), Sam Wilkes (Leaving Records), Henry Halliwell, Daniel Sunshine, Adam Weissman (Pollyn / Real Bad Man), Ruslan Sirota, Ross Garren, David Binney and Jacob Mann — each of whom she tapped up to add their flavour to songs where she felt their styles or talents aligned. Most tracks would begin life on her laptop, be sent to a friend for them to add their spin to it, before coming back to Artadi to be elevated to their final form. Reflecting on what drives her to create, she says: “Sometimes I just really get that burning feeling to make something and get it out there.” Above all, this is an album that speaks to that drive: to create something and share it with people.

The album was written in a time of upheaval, something reflected in both the lyrics and the sound of the record. “I was pretty lost… but enjoying feeling lost,” Artadi says. Drawing inspiration from the tumult around her and she relished the opportunity to express herself uninhibited by the shackles of compromise associated with collaboration. Crucially, this often means a silly, playful side being played off against a serious one; but she doesn’t think the former undercuts the latter, seeing the two as vital shared ingredients to what she does. “I don’t feel like I would be giving an honest picture if I didn’t do both,” she says.

“Dizzy Strange Summer” revels in juxtapositions, unleashing high energy assaults at full tilt before giving way to soft-focus melancholia, allowing Genevieve to show off the full spectrum of her vocal prowess. On the first single ‘Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die’ for example, her delivery is beautifully understated and airy: “Living like the future is a guess, living like I’m smaller than a speck”. “I sing it softly ‘cos it’s an internal proclamation... a message to myself,” she explains. She displays this vulnerability on ‘All I Want For Now’, ‘Before The Dark’ and ‘Will You Tell Me’ too - the later a stunning duet with harp. Elsewhere, on ’Godzillaaaa’ for example, her delivery is informed by ESG and Talking Heads, stomping past on a stark riddim in a whirlwind of distorted percussion and synths. 

Dizzy Strange Summer
by Genevieve Artadi

— Released 17th July 2020 on Brainfeeder

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140g crystal clear vinyl LP in an artworked inner sleeve housed in a 3mm spined outer sleeve. Artwork by Genevieve Artadi. Includes MP3 download code.

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140g crystal clear vinyl LP in an artworked inner sleeve housed in a 3mm spined outer sleeve. Artwork by Genevieve Artadi. Includes MP3 download code.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 17th July 2020.

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Tracklist

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  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    I Hate When I Can’t Feel My Heart
  2. 2
    Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die
  3. 3
    Godzillaaaa  (featuring Real Bad Man)
  4. 4
    Nowhere to Go
  5. 5
    Edge of the Cliff
  6. 6
    Will You Tell Me
  7. 7
    Loneliness Grows
  8. 8
    Hot Mess
  9. 9
    Hope Song
  10. 10
    Is What You Believe
  11. 11
    Feelz Tru
  12. 12
    oo ya
  13. 13
    All I Want for Now
  14. 14
    Mad Child
  15. 15
    Before the Dark
  16. 16
    cupcake5
  17.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    I Hate When I Can’t Feel My Heart
  2. 2
    Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die
  3. 3
    Godzillaaaa  (featuring Real Bad Man)
  4. 4
    Nowhere to Go
  5. 5
    Edge of the Cliff
  6. 6
    Will You Tell Me
  7. 7
    Loneliness Grows
  8. 8
    Hot Mess
  9. 9
    Hope Song
  10. 10
    Is What You Believe
  11. 11
    Feelz Tru
  12. 12
    oo ya
  13. 13
    All I Want for Now
  14. 14
    Mad Child
  15. 15
    Before the Dark
  16. 16
    cupcake5
  17.  
    Play All (3)
  1. 1
    I Hate When I Can’t Feel My Heart
  2. 2
    Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die
  3. 3
    Godzillaaaa  (featuring Real Bad Man)
  4. 4
    Nowhere to Go
  5. 5
    Edge of the Cliff
  6. 6
    Will You Tell Me
  7. 7
    Loneliness Grows
  8. 8
    Hot Mess
  9. 9
    Hope Song
  10. 10
    Is What You Believe
  11. 11
    Feelz Tru
  12. 12
    oo ya
  13. 13
    All I Want for Now
  14. 14
    Mad Child
  15. 15
    Before the Dark
  16. 16
    cupcake5
  17.  
    Play All (3)

On “Dizzy Strange Summer”, Genevieve Artadi offers a window into her ad-lib creativity and the LA community where it’s been nurtured. This is the vocalist, composer and producer’s second solo album, and it sees her stake out her own ground outside of her other groups KNOWER, Expensive Magnets and Everything’s Under Control. She brings her own slant to the DIY LA scene that she’s grown up in, melding influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova and avant-garde electronics. “Dizz...

On “Dizzy Strange Summer”, Genevieve Artadi offers a window into her ad-lib creativity and the LA community where it’s been nurtured. This is the vocalist, composer and producer’s second solo album, and it sees her stake out her own ground outside of her other groups KNOWER, Expensive Magnets and Everything’s Under Control. She brings her own slant to the DIY LA scene that she’s grown up in, melding influences from jazz, psychedelia, bossa nova and avant-garde electronics. “Dizzy Strange Summer” marks not only Artadi’s debut on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, but her first self-produced project released on any record label. 

An impulsive spirit underwrites every part of the album, something reflected in the energy Genevieve devotes to create the videos to accompany them. It’s an honest, unmediated reflection of the period in which she created the music, supported by a close circle of like-minded musical friends including - but not limited to - Louis Cole (Brainfeeder), Sam Wilkes (Leaving Records), Henry Halliwell, Daniel Sunshine, Adam Weissman (Pollyn / Real Bad Man), Ruslan Sirota, Ross Garren, David Binney and Jacob Mann — each of whom she tapped up to add their flavour to songs where she felt their styles or talents aligned. Most tracks would begin life on her laptop, be sent to a friend for them to add their spin to it, before coming back to Artadi to be elevated to their final form. Reflecting on what drives her to create, she says: “Sometimes I just really get that burning feeling to make something and get it out there.” Above all, this is an album that speaks to that drive: to create something and share it with people.

The album was written in a time of upheaval, something reflected in both the lyrics and the sound of the record. “I was pretty lost… but enjoying feeling lost,” Artadi says. Drawing inspiration from the tumult around her and she relished the opportunity to express herself uninhibited by the shackles of compromise associated with collaboration. Crucially, this often means a silly, playful side being played off against a serious one; but she doesn’t think the former undercuts the latter, seeing the two as vital shared ingredients to what she does. “I don’t feel like I would be giving an honest picture if I didn’t do both,” she says.

“Dizzy Strange Summer” revels in juxtapositions, unleashing high energy assaults at full tilt before giving way to soft-focus melancholia, allowing Genevieve to show off the full spectrum of her vocal prowess. On the first single ‘Living Like I Know I’m Gonna Die’ for example, her delivery is beautifully understated and airy: “Living like the future is a guess, living like I’m smaller than a speck”. “I sing it softly ‘cos it’s an internal proclamation... a message to myself,” she explains. She displays this vulnerability on ‘All I Want For Now’, ‘Before The Dark’ and ‘Will You Tell Me’ too - the later a stunning duet with harp. Elsewhere, on ’Godzillaaaa’ for example, her delivery is informed by ESG and Talking Heads, stomping past on a stark riddim in a whirlwind of distorted percussion and synths.