When a group of diverse people come together, it can be difficult to not let different opinions run amok and derail the objective. With BisonBison, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The organic electronic quintet have just released their latest single, ‘Recover’ via Zozaya Records. The intricate track embraces downtempo electronica with entrancing vocals, all held together with a rhythmic bassline. ‘Recover’ is also lifted from Hover, their upcoming album scheduled for release in early February next year.
BisonBison is the collaboration of producers Dani Ramez and Chad Skinner, drummer Brad Weber, harpist Sinéad Bermingham, and vocalist Sophia Alexandra. The vaired band members bring a mixture of musical backgrounds with them as traditional Irish and Middle Eastern music to trip-hop, jazz and folk appear to influence their sound.
Curious about how this group has managed to balance all of these elements, we decided to explore the minds behind the project.
Describe your sound for us. What do you want people to feel when they hear your music?
We gravitate towards moody, textured soundscapes built upon acoustic foundations that are sometimes heavily processed to create an experimental electronic sound. We tend to lean to the chiller side of things with downtempo beats and mellow vocals but we also love to explore different tempos and vibes. We invite listeners to enter the melancholic yet uplifting atmosphere of the music and experience the abstract emotions we loosely intend to evoke.
How did you discover your particular sound?
Our sound is the collective result of each member’s interpretation of music. We had been friends and fans of each other’s art for a long time before we finally got together to collaborate. Our combined contributions lead to the distinctive atmospheric sound that later became BisonBison. What we create as a group is much different to anything we would create on our own – a unique genre that reflects the characteristics of all five members of the group.
‘Recover’ is centred around personal experience and inner growth. What steps do you, as a band take to ensure that you’re constantly evolving?
Not only are we all best friends with each other’s best intentions in mind, we also encourage each other as artists and always strive to create a safe and positive environment. Every session we ensure to experiment with something new and different, like using new modes, tempos, and different forms of synthesising sound. We take time to listen to new music together and attend live shows and festivals to keep us inspired.
Does the band have a collective favourite song from your upcoming album, Hover?
It seems that ‘Recover’ is the unanimous decision but ‘Expanding’ is a close second
If you could work with, or perform alongside any artist living or passed, who would it be?
We are all big fans of Simon Green aka Bonobo so we’d have to go with him!
Could you each name an artist or album that has influenced you the most?
Sinéad – Joanna Newsom
Chad – Helios
Sophia- Sigur Ros – ()
Dani – Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
Brad – Mum – Yesterday was dramatic, today is ok
What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
Our second single ‘Expanding’ will be out on Dec 6th along with a music video shot and directed by Rich Misener that we are extremely excited about! Moving into 2020 we will focus on live shows in conjunction with the release of the record. We currently have shows booked across Ontario for the months of January and February, which we are all super stoked about. Along with added tour dates and performances, we are continuing to work on new music as we grow and evolve together as a band.
Famous last words?
Thanks so much, Chill Music <3