J&L Defer Share “Nowhere” via GoldFlakePaint (Experimental Swiss Analog Pop From Disco Doom Side Project)

July 30, 2016
photo courtesy of J&L Defer

photo courtesy of J&L Defer


J&L Defer Share “Nowhere” with GoldFlakePaint

No Map Out September 2nd via Exploding In Sound / Defer Records

J&L Defer, the experimental analog pop project of Disco Doom’s Anita Rufer andGabriele De Mario, are sharing “Nowhere,” the band’s second single today viaGoldFlakePaint. The song comes from the Zurich based duo’s upcoming debut album No Map, due out September 2nd on Exploding In Sound and Defer Records. While Disco Doom’s sound often invokes the 90s fuzz of their pals in Built to Spill and influences that range from Royal Trux to Silver Jews, J&L Defer (pronounced deaf-er) is a far different band, free of genre restrictions and void of expectations.

Speaking about “Nowhere,” GoldFlakePaint shared:

“Shaped by a sweeping undercurrent of submerged, drone-like expanses of analog noise, the track’s malleable shape is kept within relatable parameters thanks to the eminently fun vocal spikes that leap out and pierce the fog with an almost wilful sense of abandon. All wrapped-up inside three-and-a-half minutes, ‘Nowhere’ offers a whole new side to J&L Defer’s distinct sound and further whet’s the appetite for the associated new record.”

That record and it’s title, No Map, is more than just a name, it’s the band’s entire state of being. Built upon lush backdrops and layers of building and bubbling guitar, synth, drum machines, piano, and omnichord, J&L Defer’s music is thought provoking and full of meditative depth. Recorded on 4-track and 16-track machines, the album and it’s serene constructions and entirely analog, captured to tape at the band’s own M.I.R. Tape Rec. Unit in Zurich.


08/04 – Zurich, CH @ Bürkliplatz (within video projection of A.C. Kupper)
09/08 – Zurich, CH @ Helsinki (Record Release Show)
09/14 – Düdingen, CH @ Bad Bonn w/ Frankie Cosmos
09/15 – St. Gallen, CH @ Palace w/ Frankie Cosmos
09/23 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Bourg
11/25 – Lucerne, CH @ Luzern Neubad


Anita Rufer and Gabriele De Mario, the core duo of Switzerland’s Disco Doom, are unimpressed by the ubiquitous obligation to always look for the new to only find the old again. Free from the zeitgeist, the duo work at their own pace as J&L Defer, an experimental project independent of all style guidelines and expectations. J&L Defer have spent the past few years playing live at clubs, galleries, festivals, bars, cellars, studios, and garages, developing their sound through unique performances and a desire to create music that expands beyond genre borders and limitations. After years of studio experimentation and songwriting together (in between Disco Doom albums), J&L Defer are set to release their debut album “No Map” on September 2nd via Exploding In Sound and Defer Records.

Bound to no scales or directions, J&L Defer create an infinitely expansive universe from their own extensively explored paths. Sometimes those paths touch upon memories of known patterns only to remind you of their insignificance. Objectives are discarded and expectations are responded to with indifference, as J&L Defer make use of genres only to escape them.

Centered around the idea of “nowhere, to no one,” Rufer and De Mario have created a record without concern for the outside world. Having played together for many years J&L Defer meander through their dreams and ease out their sounds, mixing beats with alienated guitars and voices which seem to come from a far. Repetitive song structures reverberate long after their finish, sticking to your memory with inescapable clarity. The tension built throughout “No Map” gets lost in the flickering of tones as the climaxes shift and the mood of the moment is all that remains.

J&L Defer recorded their ten track debut over the last two years (between tours, shows and production work) at their own studio M.I.R. Tape Rec. Unit in Zurich – a perfect starting point for a new adventure.

“No Map”
Exploding In Sound / Defer Records
September 2, 2016

1. Transition
2. Hard Fiction Road
3. Vibrant
4. Horror
5. Beach Dark
6. Johnny, Dream
7. Nowhere
8. River
9. Hell
10.Ian’s Room

J&L Defer Links:
Exploding In Sound Records

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