Berlin-based JJ Weihl shares
‘Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody’
her debut single as ‘Discovery Zone’
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Debut album ‘Remote Control’ out June 5th
on Mansions & Millions
What are dreams?
Where do they come from?
How can we share our dreams?
New York-born, Berlin-based musician and filmmaker JJ Weihl is set to release her debut solo record as Discovery Zone having previously played bass and sang in acclaimed experimental pop band Fenster. ‘Remote Control’ is out via cult Berlin label Mansions and Millions on June 5th.
Her album Remote Control, with its palette of chimes, chirps and shimmers, is a glowing meditation on our contradictory moment in history. In her hands, the limitations of the default setting form a territory of unbounded experimentation, from the system-notification synth funk of “Dance II” to the trance incantations of “Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody.” There are bits of sound collage and a lot of operatic robot choirs woven through tight emotional electronic pop.
Weihl implements drum machines, vocoder, sound collage, theremin and electric guitar, creating a small laboratory both in the studio and on stage. The experimental aspects of Weihl’s music are reflected in the spectrum of playful aesthetics, maintaining a strong focus on emotional and accessible pop melodies. Nostalgia is mixed into more synthetic sound worlds, each song dipping into past and future sonic landscapes.
Today, Discovery Zone shares ‘Blissful Morning Dream Interpretation Melody’. On the single, Weihl says “The title is a quote from a five hour-long Wagner Opera I saw called “Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. Sitting in the Munich Opera house surrounded by strangers and listening to music that was written long before I was born, I had the distinct sensation of experiencing time travel. I had this feeling that I was listening to the inside of Wagner’s mind – of being transported into someone else’s dream.
The melody of the song is simple and chilly, something that arrived fully formed, so I tried to be true to it. I wrote the melody first on an old organ and then translated it into virtual instruments, carefully, one by one, trying not to make it into something, but rather trying to catch it in its natural state. Like trying to take a photograph in that liminal space between sleep and waking”.
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