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Bringing the dream state to life, Molotov Elysian creates a new musical tapestry out of things familiar. Dream pop, marked by sonic textures and elusive vocals, is a sub-genre of alternative music merging shoegaze elements with traditional songwriting. Molotov Elysian takes this genre to a new level with greater extremes and takes the next step for post-rock.
Together, the members embody their name — one’s contrasting of fragmented, abstract, sound explosions against the other’s richly melodic and ecstatic song. Fuchigami produces their distinct sound which contrasts strong resonant noise with soft and appeasing harmony. He crafts the sonic textures and harmonic arrangements through a series of computerized processes — sampling, programming, mixing, and signal processing. On stage, he becomes part of the sound collage by adding the “molotov-ic” texture through his guitar, bow, and lap steel guitar. Chandra has a voice that has been described as reminiscent of Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Lisa Gerrard. However, defining her style as simply “mesmerizing” is not sufficient to portray such a spiritually soothing voice. Her strong interest in global music genres has not only nurtured her vocals, but also gives them an energy that transcribes into a gentle melodious message to our weary souls. Her inimitable singing of deliberately obscured lyrics heightens the etherealness of the “elysian” aesthetic.
While We Were Sleeping is the debut full length, following the 2005 EP release.