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Rad Releases 20 – Camila Fuchs

December 23, 2020

Rad Releases 20 – Camila Fuchs

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.

This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Back in the summer of this year, we were introduced to the captivating sounds from Mexican/German duo Camila Fuchs. For 3 months we teased tracks taken from their then-forthcoming album “Kids Talk Sun’ which was released in November via Felte Records and this duo is easily one of the best discoveries of the year. Camila Fuchs create experimental electronic pop with spectral vocals and avant-garde sensibilities. Currently based in Lisbon, the project was formed by Camila De Laborde (Mexico City) and Daniel Hermann-Collini (Munich) in London in 2012 and we are in awe that despite the challenges of the 2020 this band managed to release such an incredible album into the world. We chat to Camila to find out more about the outfits’ year in music…

Top Releases

Camila:  1. Snoopy by CS + Kreme

This is a very unique and interesting record. It’s varied, pulls you to different references, but it’s so honest and direct in a wat that you can’t pin point and you realise it is it’s own thing. There are not many records that fall into that category of uniqueness I feel…. It’s a must, and I’m sure there’s an element in there for almost everyone to enjoy.

2. Sentimiento Mundial by Mint Field

A beautiful, atmospheric record beginning to end. It’s a record that got me to close my eyes and drift, losing sense of the starts and ends of songs, losing sense of time. It’s stunning. 

3 . All Things Being Equal by Sonic Boom

Sonic Booms record 0 you can always dive in a little bit deeper into this record and you’ll find it never-endingly giving. It also felt bizarrely adequate for 2020, as if there was a foreseeing element to it. I know it helped people through hard times, including me, and at the same time…… what an amazing soundtrack for the good times! There’s a lot being given in the album and a lot that can be learned. The lyrics are powerful and it wouldn’t harm to keep them in mind. It is beautiful and vibey! 

4. Petrichor by Heather

Talking about positive vibes, this album has a song called Jump Into The Fire where the lyrics go “We can make each other happy”. Best way I’ve heard the word ‘happy’ being sung. Amazing track, amaaazing record. A must have at home! 

5. Miss Anthropocene by Grimes

I think it’s fantastic super pop record. I love it and the couple of tracks that I was unsure of at the beginning grew on me. It brings out my girly side. I like listening to it alone and I feel great when I hear it. Took me out running! That shouldn’t go underestimated in my case….. Love Grimes. 

The best show you have played this year / gig attended (if you had the opportunity at the start of the year)

None this year unfortunately. But just before, we did a small mini tour in Norway. We played one show in Oslo with Jenny Berger Myhre at Kunsnerneshus and took the train the next day from Oslo to Bergen where we played at Ekko Festival. Taking this 6 hour train ride was probably one of the most stunning journeys we’ve ever done by train. Passing through the icy station of Finse and the Hardangerjøkulen glacier was just simply magical. The concert we played in Bergen was really vibey – great crowd, organisers, all very smooth!

Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?

Horses by Patti Smith. When quarantine hit, I went back to listening to this record almost daily, either at home or taking walks. It really lifted me up, big time. It’s such an incredible record to know the lyrics and sing to. I even wondered why haven’t I got posters up on my walls from idols like Patti to inspire and motivate me daily in life. It’s important! One needs to dig out and keep engaged with anything that pulls you up!

How have you adapted with releasing/recording/promoting during this year?

Releasing this year was madness but interesting. When it all started, I remember wondering if delaying the release and waiting a whole extra year would make sense. Would you do that sacrifice for your record? If it were to make a difference on how it might reach out to people? But the thought didn’t last for long.… Any artist knows the wait feels always long and dreadful – the sooner you get it out there the better. Plus we soon felt an urgency to share in the sense that we hoped the record could bring positive energies into hard times….. 

One of the most interesting aspects of releasing in 2020, was that it pushed us to explore different mediums ourselves. Limitations bring out creativity. We did the first two music videos we’ve ever done and with whatever we had at home.… The results brought-in a big part of what completed the release of Kids Talk Sun. They really added something…… and if it weren’t because we were locked at home, not sure we would’ve had the initiative. We had no idea how it would go and and we actually had a good response! Don’t know if it would’ve been any different, but I guess we were lucky.
We had to keep actively positive and patience whenever delays came. Distribution, for example, was delayed by three months which is unheard of… But in general, the lesson was that you should always try to keep going, and try to be as giving and generous as you can, even if circumstances feel like obstacles along the way.

Best discovery this year? 

Richard H. Kirks discography, Ekoplekz Reflekzionz. Amorphophallus titanum one of the biggest plants in the world & Rafflesia arnoldii. Seeing in real life the flowers of a Passionfruit. Harold Budd’s The Pavilion of Dreams, Earth Rot by David Axelrod. 

As this is our 10th year of Rad Releases, we want to look back on your 10 years – has there been on standout moment/standout record of the past 10 year?

I think one of the greatest experiences we’ve had as a band so far was touring as a support act for Plaid. Waw ! it meant the world to us. They’re legendary for us so we were beyond psyched. Also, they were touring Polymer which is a sick record. Being able to see them live several times, get to know the songs well and recognise what they did differently from show to show, was pure joy. They also played ¨Last Remembered Thing¨ which is one of our fave tracks from Plaid. Doesn’t end there, they’re lovely people to be with ! We would do it all over again, tomorrow ! 

Artist/Band to watch for 2021

It’ll be interesting to see Eatheaters new album Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon MySkin live. Simply because she’s always very entertaining live and because it has a lot of acoustic elements which means probably a very different kind of show to what she usually does. Very curious! 

Plans for the New Year

Releasing an album and working on something for two years is really intense so we are just taking a rest. 🙂 Taking things slowly step by step, gathering some energy again before getting back into working on something new! Whooop! The next year we have a few dj mixes coming up, two for Dublab, for Dave P’s & for DNTEL’s show. Then if everything goes well we have our first real life shows, festivals coming up in March / May, trying to plan more shows around that time too. Probably soon we will also start working on new material for a next album. We have a couple of really exciting ideas for collaborations, one of them potentially in LA so we’ll see what happens and where it takes us from here. 🙂 

Thank you so much, wish all the best for 2021 

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