Tzara x Three Witches On the Beach at Night Together EP is releasing on 9 May 2018! A melancholic goodbye to the child and initiation into fulfilment, On the Beach at Night Together finds solace in the waves of change.
Challenging the production patriarchy one DIY project at a time, Tzara’s sound is like nothing you’ve heard. With influences ranging from Grimes to Ivy Lab to Portishead, her bipolar tendencies tie her to no one particular genre.
Somewhere between experimental electronica, glitch hop, and dark dream pop, Tzara’s sound is easy to fall in love with and hard to describe. Everything is entirely self-written, recorded and produced.
Despite only starting to perform her own music live in 2017, Tzara is already making her mark on South Africa’s music scene. Apart from playing all the usual local haunts (Yours Truly, Fiction, Waiting Room) she has opened for Samiyam (Brainfeeder/Stones Throw), won Uppercut’s “Button Bashers” beat battle, and played at CTEMF – Cape Town Electronic Music Festival… All within a year.
Tzara is also a co-founder of “Stone Soup”, a collective helping to get young producers out of the bedroom and into the public eye.
Three Witches is an experimental pop duo, hailing from the Cape, founded in 2015. Comprised of Johnny Coutsoudis and Ciaran Slemon, Three Witches explores the depths of new, different but strangely familiar sounds, dipped in psychedelia and glazed with poetic themes.
Propped up by electronic beats and held together with dreamy vocals, the duo replicates an auditory journey, paying homage to their musical influences such as Gorillaz, Underworld and Moderat.
With a spot opening for the likes of DJ LAG and Samiyam for the Oh Ok launch held at the Castle of Good Hope, and three self-releases under their belt, they are working on maintaining a high standard of musical innovation and creativity.
On the Beach at Night Together
On the Beach at Night Together is about wanting to emotionally log off in a sea of connectivity – trying to grapple with feeling alone in the midst of an ultra-connected life, and reaching the conclusion that the answer is not isolation, but rather sticking with your inner authenticity and having the courage to be yourself and display your quirks, desires and anxieties in all their glory. A melancholic goodbye to the child and initiation into self-fulfillment, OTBANT finds solace in the waves of change.
We, Three Witches and Tzara, first met through mutual friends near the end of 2016 upon Tzara’s return to Cape Town from Boston, USA, where she was attending a Berklee College of Music workshop. As fate would have it, us three who had recently entered our early twenties were simultaneously going through a period of intense change, and unbeknownst to us this body of work would serve as a therapeutic ode to navigating the twists and turns of young adulthood, with us all beginning to become financially independent, seeing more and more effects of social media in everyday life, internet connectedness amongst our generation and, at its essence, having to take life more seriously. The idea that you can feel so falsely connected to other people through the internet while simultaneously feeling so alone yourself was a big driving factor lyrically, with us continuously discussing the idea of social taboo and ‘keeping up facades’ of contentedness, happiness or prosperity.
It was instantly clear that we were musically and aspirationally linked, and we immediately got working on music together. ‘Furies’, the opener of the On the Beach at Night Together, came from our very first session where deciding to write from a perspective of ‘anything goes’ produced a linear theme of desire, loss, love, lust and cemented in place a strong foundation for a relationship through friendship and through music. Next, and naturally, came the idea of not just creating a track together, but an entire EP.
Over a period of two years, we would meet up to work on the EP, beginning to weave together a motif of feeling and intent, with irregular sessions yet a sense of duty to the music. Being dead set on honesty and letting it all out in regard to the lyrical content, it was clear that this process was becoming a very cathartic one – a place we could be open about what we were going through and experiencing at the time, no matter how hard it might have been to talk about otherwise, and aimed to inspire others to use music and creativity as a platform to openly explore their emotions. In addition to this, we all spent a lot of time together outside of the studio, and thus the EP started to become somewhat of a social commentary on our lives and how they interlinked. We hope that the music can relate to those who are going through similar struggles of adolescence and coming-of-age, as these issues seem relevant and pertinent to many people we know and love.
With this, we give you On the Beach at Night Together, a slice of our hearts and souls, a piece that will forever serve as a reference point for finding yourself in the world.