Artist Spotlight: Waterjuice

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Waterjuice is a San Francisco-based duo whose unique sound resonates throughout the underground, from tronce-heads to jamband fans. Their live shows are more like a concert than a laptop recital, with varying degrees of live instrumentation. It‘s fun to watch how they tweak and manipulate their instruments; mixing trance effects, guitars and downtempo beats in new ways. The project is an intricate experiment combining organic instrumentation and smooth synth production.

Cyril Kollock handles the Logic Pro, pads, drums and bass. Bruce “Raven” Tupling provides live guitars and technical effects. They’re on Vaporvent Records, and tour the West Coast, but haven’t caught on in the Northeast the way they could. They have three albums, Hydrophonics from 2001, Melbaphonics from 2005 and Liquid Journeys from 2008. The latter two are essential for any chillout collection. Ranging from dark and brooding to lighthearted and bouncing, the tracks entertain without imposing, and provide a funky, ambient backdrop.

Their style reminds me of Capsula, Entheogenic, Phutureprimitive and  Steve Hillage / System 7 because of the psychedelic soundscapes and combination of guitars with tronce beats and dub. They’re working on new material and we hope to have some fresh juice soon!

When you want a touch of tribal weirdness, try these:

Low Room from Melbaphonics

Next Steps from Liquid Journeys

Myspace.com/waterjuicemusic

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