Quick Hitters:: Science Fiction Wedding

The rise of collaborative culture impacts almost every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s cars, couches, or recycled possessions, we’ve moved from a culture of ownership to a culture of sharing. As much as those same ideas make it harder for artists to sell music, they also facilitate artists and techs to to work without ever meeting. G-chats and Skype are now as viable as sitting in a studio, and certainly more economical.

 

In this case, when Erik Virtanen responded to a Craiglist add offering to mix a record for free he assumed it would be some pasty faced kid hoping to crack into the industry. Instead, on the other end of the cyber line was Jimmy Fahey of the LA based Doug&Pete Music Group. Erik had recorded his work in Montreal without a script, letting the moment and other musicians influence the arrangements. Layers were added and removed and Jimmy then worked on finishing Virtanen’s thoughts. The collaboration was so successful that the end result, Wedding, became D&P’s first release.

 

Science Fiction is steeped in Montreal; Erik’s friends guest on the songs and it was recorded at Mountain City, but when you listen to Wedding, it feels like it came from across the pond or from a metropolis like NYC. There’s no hint of the big names that drive the MTL scene, no yelpy vocals or thumping percussion, and I for one am thankful for that. Considering Erik’s other act - The Darling Demaes (review) - I wasn’t expecting a collection of straight head beautiful moments (like the acoustic driven “The Early Stages of Claustrophobia”. “Sweet Sweet Night” and the string and piano laced closer, “The Red Staircase”) and punchy indie rock anthems (“The Red Violin”).

 

Science Fiction is an outlet for Erik, one that lets him pursue thoughts and sounds that might not fit into The Darling Demaes or the confines of his city. It’s more about finding peace and true love, and while that may sound hokey to read, Erik’s melodies make the experience as rewarding as the subject matter deserves.

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MP3:: Science Fiction - The Early Stages of Claustrophobia

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MP3:: Science Fiction - Through the Window
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