We’ve been fans of Night Plane since back in 2010 when he did his first podcast for us. The standout track on there was his edit of Beach House’s “Str8 To Ur Heart”, which became our anthem that spring/summer. So it made perfect sense to enlist his talents as the first artist in of our Soul Clap Records and feature his music as the first release on the label. To help you get to know him a little better, here’s what he has to say about the tracks on the vinyl.
“All of these songs come from the fact that I grew up listening to rock and indie music in one ear and techno in the other. Listening to Soul Clap’s music has inspired me to find new ways of digging into the sounds that were in my spirit and sharing them with others.
“Heartbeat is about being so full of feelings for another person that it almost freaks you out. I knew Casey had to sing the vocal because he’s capable of this big roaring lion singing which I felt the song needed. Casey lives in Chicago and we had to wait until he came to NY to do the vocal because he was afraid of singing that loudly in his apartment building, and when he got to NY I made him belt it out until he was red in the face. I’m really happy with the guitar. I don’t know how to play guitar at all, so the fact that it sounds cool is a minor miracle.
“Gold Soundz harkens back to the days when Harry Bennett and
I lived in Austin and Harry spun house records at Liberty Lunch in between bands. I think it’s an example of a song having a universal message even if it makes no sense whatsoever. The keyboard lines come from Harry playing keyboards upside-down. We love Murk Records and I like to think this track has a Murky vibe to it.
“Gates of Dawn is my version of an aubade, which is a form of a love song sung by medieval troubadours. An aubade is sung in the morning, when two lovers must
part after having spent the night together. So it’s the opposite of a serenade, which is sung in the evening, when you’re still trying to get the girl. This aubade is about reckoning with the event of falling love, and having to turn and face the morning and either embrace this new love or just put your shoes back on and go home. The sound was partly inspired by Burning Man, which I have never been to, but I wanted to make something that would sound good at Burning Man at sunrise, at least in my imagination. The title is obviously a Pink Floyd reference.
“Foreign Affairs is a song that I came up while on the island of Buyukada, which is part of a little cluster of islands right off of Istanbul. My friend and I went there and rented bikes and biked all around the island in the blazing Mediterranean summer, which was an amazing time. I loved that feeling of being so far, far away from everything, from all of my life and responsibilities to other people, it’s beautiful, but at the same time I was
aware of a sort of melancholic undertow at the moment, and of the psychic costs you have to pay when you disconnect from those who love you and travel to the ends of the earth.”
-William Rauscher aka Night Plane (2012)