In 1985, Hailu Mergia released a spacey solo album, Hailu Mergia and His Classical Instrument, which reinterpreted traditional Ethiopian accordion music. The album never took off in the States, and Mergia settled into a career as a cab driver in the D.C. area. Nearly three decades later, Brian Shimkovitz of the Awesome Tapes from Africa record [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Technophobia’
Guitars clang on in Washington, D.C. But they could soon be tied with synthesizers, computers, and weird sound effects.
The District has never lacked for synth-based music, but the last few years have felt like an especially fertile time for synthpop in particular; now we’ve reached the point where there seems to be one local synth- [...]
D.C.’s version of the African Diaspora International Film Festival, returning for its seventh year, seems far too short for an event concerned with global African culture. But its curation may make up for its small slate. Tonight’s kickoff film, African Independence, takes a broad view, talking to African leaders about the continent’s myriad struggles for independence. [...]
Standout Track: “Waltz Demise,” the first release from new three-piece synth-wave band Technophobia. The song channels a feeling of being lost in ink-black darkness. “Oh godhead/Can't you hear me/Screaming through this misery/With arms spread/To exhaustion/Please take this life away from me,” belts out vocalist Denman Anderson, a Logan Circle resident. It’s not exactly subtle. “There’s [...]