The Ian Fays – Jensen’s Camera

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Le sorelle gemelle Lizz e Sara Fay, chitarrista la prima, bassista la seconda ed entrambe cantanti, provengono dalla contea di Arcata, California e ora vivono a San Francisco.
Ispirate dalla scena indie-folk e lo-fi femminile (Azure Ray e Mirah), dagli sperimentalismi synth-pop dei Magnetic Fields, e con una passione per il cantautorato classico a stelle e strisce (da Dylan a Elliot Smith), iniziano a scrivere canzoni assieme, mescolando voci delicate, chitarre acustiche, basi elettroniche e tastiere giocattolo Casio ritrovate in soffitta.
Il loro amore per l’Italia è di vecchia data: l’album di debutto delle Ian Fays infatti uscì per la storica Homesleep nel 2005. Ora ritornano con questo Jensen’s Camera, lavoro registrato in gran parte all’Us Random Calculator Studio di Ghedi (Brescia) da Alessandro Paderno dei Le Man Avec Les Lunettes, mentre il resto delle canzoni proviene dalle session realizzate insieme a Eli Crews (già collaboratore di Deerhoof e Why?).
Il nuovo album gioca con i suoni e gli strumenti tipici della band (le armonie vocali, la fusione di elementi acustici con synth e drum machine), ma durante la produzione si è deciso di privilegiare l’eterogeneità delle canzoni, composte in periodi e luoghi molto differenti.
Alcune erano già in valigia dall’America, altre sono nate proprio in Italia, grazie all’ispirazione di una casa magica in mezzo alla pianura che le ha ospitate per diverse settimane all’inizio dell’estate.

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  There are some bands that constantly mold their styles to follow the scene. There are other bands that play because of their blood, because it’s an instinct and don’t care about the scene outside. The Ian Fays are the second type of band. The twins Elizabeth and Sara Fay, Californian girls now settled in San Francisco, grew up among instruments of every kind. These instruments, mixed with their fraternal connection, create their unique sound, which could suit the indie folk or the female lo-fi scene led by Azure Ray and Mirah. From the experimental synth-pop typical of the Magnetic Fields and a glimpse of classic folksingers such as Dylan and Elliot Smith, The Ian Fays compose their songs mixing whispering voices, acoustic guitars, electronic beats and random Casio keyboards found in some attic.
Their love for Italy is as long as the band’s career, as their debut album was released in 2005 by the unforgettable Homesleep. Now they’re back with this new full length entitled “Jensen’s Camera”, mostly recorded in Italy at “Us Random Calculator Studio” in Ghedi-Brescia, from Alessandro Paderno (Le Man Avec Les Lunettes), with the addition of some songs recorded at “New, Improved Studio” in Oakland, Ca by Eli Crews (at the same desk Deerhoof, Why?, and Kyp Malone recorded at).
The new album twiddles around the band’s usual sounds and instruments (vocal harmonies, acoustic instruments melting with synths and drum machines), but the production’s goal has been to emphasise the heterogeneity of the songs, composed in different places at different times, encompassing different feelings and styles. Some were already in their backpack before leaving the US, while others sprung up magically in the house that hosted them in Italy this past summer.

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