New album God of the Wild is Dead Waves‘ sixth release. The vibe is dark, fragile, haunting – hints of 1980s Sonic Youth, gone in a lo-fi, psych direction. Dead Waves consists of NYC-based brothers Teddy and Nick Panopoulos. On God of the Wild they incorporate ancient wooden instruments from their Greek homeland into the mix of electric guitars and analog synth, naming this new sound, “ancient future.”
God of the Wild will be released on October 26th and is available for pre-order through here. We asked Teddy about the 3 albums that have influenced him the most in his musical career.
Photo by Lindsey Niebler.
Cluster – Sowiesoso
What I love about music, as a medium of expression, is that if we are ourselves and listen, whatever comes out can take you into a different frequency. And when I first heard Sowiesoso it never left me, it is timeless music. It still feels new every time I listen to it. When I first heard the record I was like “This is amazing, we can do this? Not worry about over complicating things to satisfy other’s perceptions of what art is or if it’s too minimal for them or doesn’t fit their compartmentalization?”
So refreshing to hear an entire beautiful album without that nuance of “try too hard” pretentiousness either. To me it felt like a rebellion against the rebellion, not needing to compartmentalize to anyone’s needs, even the most scholarly snobbery of music’s elite composers. To me at least, it’s an album where it reflects all emotions, which is rare for a particular genre or album and would listen to it when I’m in need of escapism to decompress and relax or in time of awareness, self-reflection and determination. This was my soundscape, landscape, and would transform me into my own scene in my own movie created in my head. All done without any vocals, it blew me away and mesmerized me and forever will be an influence and integral part of me, to remind me to be myself and let your music evolve while listening to the our consciousness, this realm or frequency of existence, whatever you want to call it, and let go of the ego and ride with yourself, which is everything, and see where the ebb and flow take goes.
Hanatarash – Hanatarashi
This album influenced me to let me be more of me. It was raw and minimal, there was absolutely no pretense, just raw and almost transcendental to me, letting go and tapping into your true self and do whatever is in you. To some this might have sounded hostile or dangerous; to me it was actually being alive and surpassing beyond our five limited senses. I’m so glad that that record made it into existence. There is no such concept of genre here, it was just primal, instant, whatever noise came out and was created. It cut through all the human concept bullshit.
Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
When I first heard this it instantly pulled me in. It was rock mixed with their loud distortion pedals, blasting throughout with the right amount of catchy pop but with an attitude of not giving the fuck about not giving the fuck. You can get inspired and uplifted to their level just by listening to this album. It said yeah you can do what you want, genre-less or genre-based, pop or noise, just make good music that moves you. It will move others. My brother and I were constantly playing this in our first car we got along with some hip hop mix tapes, it was our theme album while driving anywhere we needed to go.