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NEW GRAPE TIME

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

in 1993 4ad/warner bros. records released the mouth by mouth lp by his name is alive. a lot of similar minded home-recording musicians heard that record and decided to forward their 4 track tapes to hnia producer warn defever. one of these tapes was from a nice woman in new york named dara (they had met years earlier at an elvis hitler concert and shared a pop-tart). warn heard something special in this tape and offered to remix it at his home studio in livonia.

"i'll just fix the EQ and add some compression..you know... fix it up real good." thinking she had sent her master tapes to a real producer who she could trust to add some professionality to her demo, dara was suprised when warn and davn from time stereo hand delivered the finished album called new grape a few monthes later. what were once catchy poppy songs had been dramatically altered. they became "noise+girl=pop" according to the timestereo catalog.

the formula was simple: 1. remove all the music 2. keep only dara's distintively pleasing and sped up vocals 3. turn fast forwarding sounds into the music 4. speed it up more 5. distort everything 6. add more fast sounds. when it was finished, warn realized this was not the professional quality demo he had promised. luckily it appealed to dara's special sensibilities and the two agreed to work together on other projects as well.

4ad was offered this record and they quickly turned it down, saying only, "we think its too fast." it soon found a home on the time stereo label and became one of our early most popular tapes, along with esp summer. dara went on to sing with hnia on the universal frequencies ep, the nice day ep, and the fort lake lp. some of their collaborations have also appeared on the "all virgos are mad" compilation on 4ad, the "winner is the loser" compilation on friendly science records, and two tracks are on hnia's emergency lp.

more recently, dara has moved to ann arbor michigan and is currently working with ron asheton, former STOOGES guitarist and songwriter.

SONGS

  • THIS CD AND CASSETTE CONTAINS 13 SONGS.
  • IT IS 40 MINUTES AND 34 SECONDS LONG.
  • IT WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 1994.
  • IT STILL SOUNDS GREAT!!!!!!

CREDITS

DARA WROTE, SANG, AND PLAYED THE SONGS. I THINK JASON MARTIN HELPED OUT.
Editing by warn while davin did the art upstairs.

SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE ARCHIVE PHOTOS

dara ny 1994 warn ny 1994

REVIEWS

here's what "other music" had to say....... "New Grape Time" (Time Stereo) Another side project from the ever-prolific Warn Defever. This is one where he buries his vocalist in sand as if they were kids playing at the beach, occasionally exposing an elbow or a knee. The singer, Dara (who also writes the songs) has a Kendra Smith-like tone to her voice, and the collaboration with Defever is reminiscent of Smith with David Roback in Opal. Yet they also evokes Madonna's work with William Orbit, albeit if that pair's stickiness was wrapped in a mohair sweater. Defever's wobbly feedback and fast forward fuzz curls Dara's breaths into eddies, samples warble and frogs chirp in accompaniment. A large sound is made with a lot of layers, provided with fast-forwarding CD skips and burbles offset with simple stereo guitar separations. Recommended, somehow both dense and incredibly simple. WRITTEN BY ROBIN EDGERTON (OTHER MUSIC, NYC)

             
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