Longtime readers of my blog may recall that I started recording electronic music with Android Invasion back in 2012. Recently, several events transpired that led me to return to that on-again-off-again project. For one thing, I read a lot of books about filmmakers over the summer, and I started thinking about how I wanted to…Read more Field Report
Back in high school, I had a teacher named Joe Griffin who turned me on to TS Eliot. I think we spent the first semester of my senior year reading Murder in the Cathedral. It’s a play in which a bishop knows he’s going to get murdered by a king but does nothing to save…Read more Soft Light: A Disco Riff on TS Eliot
Between the ages of ten and thirteen, I went to a Catholic school just beyond the city limits of Philadelphia. You knew you were leaving Philadelphia because you had to cross a bridge that spanned a set of railroad tracks and ended at the top of a steep hill that descended into the wilds of…Read more A Longish Preamble to My New Song
Had a great show at the Nail (formerly the Rusty Nail) in Ardmore, PA, on Wednesday night. Here's a clip: Live at the Nail 11-22-17 from M. Zapatero on Vimeo.
Consisting of Millie Gaum on vocals and producer Andrew Brassleay on synths, From Apes to Angels is a retrowave synthpop act from London and Sheffield. Their debut EP, New Skin, drops in July, and it’s overflowing with gorgeous, shimmering synths and angelic vocals. The songs are reminiscent of 80s synth pop like Nenah’s “99 Luftbalons”…Read more Pop Smarts and Bittersweet Melodies: An Interview with From Apes to Angels
Listening to Gravers Lane is like stepping into a spooky dreamscape reminiscent of Martin Gore’s solo work or Julee Cruise’s songs on the original Twin Peaks soundtrack. Lush synth pads coupled with a strong lead vocal combine to tear holes in day-to-day reality and reveal something—perhaps sinister, perhaps inspiring—shimmering on the other side of quotidian…Read more Exploring Earth Magic with Gravers Lane
My first attempt at a video for a song from Garden Variety...