J&L Defer Share “Johnny, Dream” with The AV Club + Announce US Tour Dates

August 29, 2016

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J&L Defer Share “Johnny, Dream” via The AV Club

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

US Tour Dates Announced

J&L Defer, the experimental analog pop project of Disco Doom’s Anita Rufer andGabriele De Mario, are sharing “Johnny, Dream,” the epic centerpiece of their upcoming record today with The AV Club. The song comes from the Zurich based duo’s upcoming debut album No Map, due out September 2nd on Exploding In Sound andDefer 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.

An analog synth pulse leads “Johnny, Dream” into silky guitars and warm haunting vocals. It’s truly the type of song to shut out the outside world and just let yourself be at one with the music.The patient track unveils new textures as it goes with omnichord bubbles, reverberating harmonies, and noisy drifts of guitar, offering momentary relapses of beauty in the song’s dark hypnotic path. Like a stunning film score, “Johnny, Dream” revolves around one motif and wanders from there into sonic recesses of layers much like a John Carpenter creation. With so much crazy shit happening in the world and our country, sometimes a heady meditative song is all we need to collect ourselves and relax.

The AV Club said “No Map’s spacey centerpiece, seeing J&L Defer awash in synths and subtle guitar swells, creating a moody work that feels like a huge step for the Swiss duo. Though the song finds its basis in ambient music, De Mario’s vocals give the song a forward momentum”

J&L Defer’s Gabriele De Mario shared, “it’s a night song. A long summer night song about not fitting in and being unable to see it coming. And still you wish this night would never stop.”

The band are coming over to the States in October and all announced dates can be found below (with more to come).

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.


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
10/08 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony w/ Built To Spill & Alex G
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern w/ Aan
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar w/ Aan
10/15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Aan, LVL UP & Crosss
10/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Borough
10/17 – Denver, CO @ Syntax Physic Opera
10/19 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
10/21 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
10/22 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahalls 20 Lanes
10/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
10/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Stove, Baked & Blessed
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Bad History Month
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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