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Film School / MØAA

Indie shoegaze stalwarts Film School return with their sixth full-length release and first for Sonic Ritual, We Weren’t Here, the follow-up to 2018’s Bright to Death. Whereas the band recorded the previous album while holed up together in the isolated Southern California desert enclave of Joshua Tree, the Covid pandemic forced a different kind of isolation this time around. Already divided between the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles, bassist Justin LaBo, guitarist Nyles Lannon, frontman Greg Bertens, and keyboardist Jason Ruck—each from his own quarantine home studio—had to collaborate on the songs remotely. Except for when newest member Adam Wade met up with Greg to record drums at LA’s Headwest Studio with mixer Dan Long (all wearing masks, of course), the bandmates never saw each other in person during the entire making of the album.

Exploring dark memories and nostalgia, MØAA’s dream-drenched debut album “Euphoric Recall" pulls listeners through a brooding atmosphere with a thick driving rhythm. The solo project was first conceived by Seattle born musician Jancy Rae when she began writing and recording demos as an outlet to process a troubled past. More than halfway through writing the album she went across the world to Venice, Italy where the album was recorded, mixed, and produced by Andrea Volpato (New Candys) at Fox Studio Venice. Euphoric Recall was released in 2021 via the American Italian label WWNBB and it’s success brought the project on tour in multiple continents.