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Josh Augustin Crafts EP as a Soundscape for 1920's Russian Silent Film


Our Thoughts: 'Hundred Plus' is truly a masterpiece, the three song release consists of two instrumental tracks and one rap/dream-pop collaborative track, and takes listeners on a journey that seems to transcends both time and space. Much like the 'Twilight Zone', Early Hours evokes a nostalgia for something intangible, the feeling of dancing along the thin line between reality and some sort of alternate universe, it made me feel like a human experiencing reality through a piece of post-modern art. Each track is beautiful and complex in it's own way, but Early Hours stands out the most in my mind, the song recreates the stillness of dawn and the movement of life as the night sky fades into blue, as the earth begins to awaken and the sun's hues dancing across the sky, welcoming in the new day and inspiring the hope that lies within the infinite possibilities of what could be. Early Hours embodies the duality of life, a reminder that like night and day, growth and rebirth, and endings and baggings, two unlike things coexist in perfect harmony.


Josh Augustin is a composer, singer-songwriter, photographer, and videographer best known as the co-founder of the dream-pop duo Vansire. He recently graduated from both Oberlin College as well as Oberlin Conservatory of Music with degrees in Film Studies and Technology in Music and Related Arts. A 22-year old Minnesotan, his interests include audio and visual work in analog creation within digital media and production, and exploring the collision between popular music and the esoteric music he studied in the academy. These interests merge with his solo endeavor of scoring the 1929 Russian silent film, Man with a Movie Camera. Since the film has no official score, interpreting the movie through music has been one of Augustin's biggest musical goals: To create a soundscape that fits on top of worn 16mm visuals while still paying tribute to the Romantic and contemporary Russian composers of the era.


Josh said of their collaboration on "Hundred Plus":"It was thrilling to get these two Griselda members on this track — I’m such a fan of the innovation and boldness they bring. The descending major seven/minor seven progression at the beginning of this song is one of several motifs that occur at varying points in the film. In this case, I’ve leaned into the grimy, tape-worn quality of the musical material to veer things into a boom-bap territory that Benny and Conway could rap on."



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