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Powerful forces dwell just beneath the murk. In the case of Maria False, the power is in the songcraft, snatches of attitude and confident lead lines, buried beneath the murk of light distortion and heavy tape manipulation, layer upon layer. It’s a heady confection, to be sure, but it draws you in even as it makes you dizzy. You may lose your bearings, but Maria False has become too adept at guiding you through the haze to simply leave you lost. The lead single from their new album When is a prime example of this mastery. “Shoot It” is the sound of a confident band who knows the sound from the inside out, and sculpts a work from the fragments of dreams.

Like the song, the video for “Shoot It” is woozy and layered. Motion, open fields and architecture all compete for supremacy through bokeh filters and pale green hues. DKFM is proud to present the video premiere for the Maria False single, “Shoot It”.

“Shoot It” is one of the most compelling songs on When, in an album full of compelling tracks, and is sure to end up on our year-end “Best Of” lists. Right from the opening chord of “Shoot It”, Maria False reminds you why you love this music.

Stream and purchase Maria False When at their Bandcamp site, purchase vinyl and CD via A Quick One Records. Follow Maria False on Facebook and Twitter.

maria-false-whenLast we heard from Rennes, France’s Maria False, they had just released their ‘Spots and Lines in a Frame’ EP in June of 2013, to critical acclaim. It’s been quiet ever since. Now, on the eve of their excellent When LP (released 4 May on A Quick One Records), we needed to catch up with the lads, figure out what’s up. Yann and Bernard took a few moments to brief us on what’s going on, and clue us in as to how they achieve their incredible and otherworldly sonic esthetic. Behind the singles “Shoot It”, “Head”, “Blossom”, and the woozy title track, it seems Maria False are finally positioned to conquer Europe in the name of glorious shoegaze. So say we all.

DKFM: Where has Maria False been these last two years? Vacationing?

Bernard: Two years, really ? Well, we like to take the time it needs. Time is not a problem, we like to work like that, without any pressure. We are all involved in different other projects or bands and it takes a lot of our time too but we have always worked like that with Maria False, slowly and with each other only. We can say that we are free.

DKFM: This new album is your most confident, consistently tuneful work to date. Even your more experimental title track is pure bliss. Tell us about the process of making this, your second full LP?

Yann: We were all at an evening barbecue, we ended ‘Spots and Lines in a Frame’, and we were talking about the next issue. Maybe some of us were almost drunk, I don’t remember but I showed a photo I had taken, it was a sort of pond, a swamp, something dirty but very graphic. That was that, the image of the sound we were all interested in, something warm, organic, dirty, shifting and moving. Everything came easily then, we just had to make the sound of that dirty pool. We have kept this image on the release cover, we have tried many other pictures but at the end, that was obviously the good one.

DKFM: What would you say has influenced your sound at this point? Are there still some bands you’re able to cite as references for your sonic blueprint?

Bernard: Influences are not exactly what we try to have. If we can do a sound, we do it, if it sounds like another or not, doesn’t matter. We have a vague idea of what we want to get but we never know exactly how we’re going to get it, we always need to try, it is very experimental. But we can cite Phil Spector: if one piano doesn’t sound enough, take 10!

There is no publicly available sneak preview of a track from the album When. Satisfy yourself with a sample of the Maria False sound from their previous EP, ‘Spots and Lines in a Frame’.

DKFM: What kinds of equipment (pedals, effects) do you use to capture that incredible sound?

Yann: Many effects in chains are used for guitars and bass, with big vintage amps, played very loud. We play together a concrete wall basement with a pretty harsh sound and place a lot of mics in different spots of the area to capture the first sound. That gives a paste we work after by adding solo parts where it needs. Sometimes all parts are clean re-recorded but something always remains from this paste, the deep background you can hear in the tracks. A lot of things are re-amped also, to have more thickness. Then, at the end of the mix, we used a tape recorder for the post-production, to get a warmer and softer sound, following our idea of the swamp again. We were looking for the “wow” sound these machines can give too, a tape speed variation default. We fixed weights on the borders of the reels to get a shift, but that was moving too steadily and not playing with the songs, really. So we directly put our hands on the reels, like brakes, to change the reel speed while songs were turning, like scratchers with records in a way. We had this waving sound. It’s funny to see that this wow distortion was something that everyone was trying to avoid at the time tape recorders were used in music studios. We use them as real music instruments, that use your hands, your ears and a playing technique.

DKFM: Yann, you split time between THREE terrific bands. How do you manage to keep it all together?

Yann: It’s easy, organisation, creation, and good friends…

DKFM: Any plans to tour behind the new album?

Yann: We hope so! We are searching for good venues! If you have any plans…

DKFM: What’s next for you? Surely we won’t have to wait another two years for new music?

Bernard: We have some ideas, it could go fast to get them out or not, you never know.

Follow the sonic exploits of Maria False on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter. You know you want to.

It’s pre-release (and World Premiere) weekend on DKFM! We’ll kick off with some choice cuts from the upcoming Maria False LP, When, due May 4 on A Quick One Records. An amazing return to form for the lads from Rennes, and some of the best songs they’ve ever done. Then thrill to the madness of Aporia Daze, the second LP from Crown the Invisible, due April 28th. We’ve been buzzing about this for daze (see what we did there?), and reviewed the album earlier this week. Now you can hear what we’re buzzing about. And the third jewel in our pre-release crown is the Chandelier EP from Austin’s Ask For Joy, due April 20. You can always count on Aaron of Ask For Joy to reimagine classic tracks in a fresh and compelling manner, often more shimmering and sonically brilliant than the originals. We’ll also be spinning the pre-release single from Portland’s Wishyunu, welcoming this duo’s dreamy sounds back to our airwaves. And that’s just the pre-release stuff we’re spinning this weekend!

Add to that some most impressive new music from This Social Coil, Yeti Island, Wolf Alice, Aerial Love Feed, Velódromo, This Love Is Deadly, City of Me, Moon King, Single Lash, Astrobrite, and Maff. We’ll add these choice cuts to our current stable of fresh treats from Reina Republicana, Death of the Author, La Casa al Mare, Sunset Images, Weird, The Lost Jackets, Tibican, Blonde Tongues, SPC ECO, Marriages, Echo Lake, Twin Studies, Noir For Rachel, Garbo, CJM, The Marbles Jackson, Reverse, Allegra Lusini, dodecahedron, Daydream Cathedral, Coloring Electric Like and MUCH more.

8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And still commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

Win the radio, win the weekend.

Holiday weekend here in the States, so we’ve spent extra time crafting a perfect New Tracks Weekend.  Our headliners include a stellar World Premiere from Maria False (not to be missed!), plus freshest adds from Decades, Baywaves, Wild Nothing, Kestrels, Let’s Be Loveless, Walleater, StarTropics, Flyying Colours, Cool Serbia, Tape Deck Mountain, Cheatahs, Virals, Silver Screen, Broken Water, Femme Accident, Has A Shadow, Schonwald, and several classics from The Night Blooms. Last but not least, a brand new cover of Lilys by Infinity Girl. We packed it all in and pressed it down hard so it’d all fit!

We’re underway at 5 pm PDT, and running all weekend. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that get these tracks in rotation! Stays or goes, you decide. Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings buy metronidazole tablets 200mg determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, iTunes Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio and associated apps. 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern), and all weekend. Full artist listing follows:

Altered Hours
Best Friend
Black Swans
blood sister
Bloody Knives
Bored Nothing
Bright Channel
Broken Water
Chain of Flowers
Coaltar Of The Deepers
Cool Serbia
Cruel Summer
Dark Bells
Diving Bells
Fear of Men
Femme Accident
Flyying Colours
Gold & Youth
Has a Shadow
Infinity Girl
Jetman Jet Team
Judy’s Funeral
Let’s be Loveless
Lost In The Fog
Maria False
Mint Julep
Neon Lights
New Canyons
No Joy
Parks, Squares and Alleys
powder blue
Principe Valiente
Sad Day For Puppets
Silver Screen
Silver Shields
Skeleton Hands
Sleep Party People
Stagnant Pools
Still Corners
The Beaches
The Great Artiste
The Night Blooms
The Pe?rls
The Sorry Shop
The Twilight Sad
Triangulo De Amor Bizarro
Velcro Hooks
Venera 4
Wild Nothing
Wild Smiles

Ultimately, do what you love and you’ll love what you do. Thanks for being a part!