Monday, March 31, 2014

RAY & REMORA To Release "1994" On May 6th


** Dan Crane (Nous Non Plus) & Singer Amanda Walker ‘Go Back to Those Gold Soundz’ of 20 Years Ago -- Paying Tribute with Lovingly Idiosyncratic Covers of Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., Weezer, Pavement & More **

** “Gold Soundz” Premieres Exclusively Today on PureVolume **

Ray & Remora, the electro-pop duo comprised of Dan Crane (Nous Non Plus) and Amanda Walker debuts on May 6th with 1994 on Aeronaut Records. The 6-song release combines Crane’s indie-pop sensibilities with Walker’s electro/trance vibes to celebrate some of the most influential indie rock bands of all-time with covers of classics by Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk, Pavement, Sebadoh and Weezer, all of which were originally released twenty years ago. Their lovely cover of Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” was premiered today by PureVolume.


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Last autumn, Dan Crane met Amanda Walker at a show in Los Angeles and the two started talking about working on some music together. Crane suggested they start with a cover, and the first track they worked on was “Like A Fool” by Superchunk. Not long after, they came up with the idea of doing an entire album of covers from the year that Superchunk’s album Foolish was released: 1994. After all, by the time their album was completed, it would be 2014, twenty years since these songs first came out.

the songs of 1994:
1) “Like a Fool” (original by Superchunk)
2) “Gold Soundz” (original by Pavement)
3) “Say It Ain’t So” (original by Weezer)
4) “Skull” (original by Sebadoh)
5) “Feel The Pain” (original by Dinosaur Jr.)
6) “The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory” (original by Guided by Voices)

The concept of 1994 appealed strongly to Crane, who recalled the albums that made a huge impact on him when they debuted. In addition to Foolish there was Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Dinosaur Jr.’s Without A Sound, Sebodoh’s Bakesale and Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand. These were the seminal albums that shaped his angsty, early 20’s. Recording 1994 was a way for Crane to re-experience much of this music through the fresh perspective of Walker, who is, coincidentally, exactly two decades younger than he is.

Ray & Remora will soon announce live dates for the spring, and they are currently working on videos for “Say It Ain’t So”, “Feel The Pain” and “Gold Soundz.”

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about the players:

Ray = Dan Crane, a musician whose previous musical incarnations have included Calamine (of Sealab 2021 theme fame), Les Sans Culottes and Nous Non Plus. He also composes music for TV and film. His music has been featured on Gossip Girl, HBO’s Girls, True Blood, and in the documentaries Air Guitar Nation and 20 Feet from Stardom.

Remora = Amanda Walker, an artist/musician currently playing under the name Glen Parks. Glen is a gypsy of a musician, playing and performing with many bands up and down the west coast. Her roots are grounded in psych-folk and electronica. Expect her first solo album coming soon…mid-2014.

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