WATERMARK HIGH releases new EP, entitled FOR GOOD. FOR GOOD follows the release of the first single from the EP, Galocher, which was released last week. This is WATERMARK HIGH’s 4th official EP to date.
“‘For Good’ just made sense to me, as it refers to ‘permanence’ as well as ‘for the better’ or a sense of positivity, which are both things/themes that applied to my life in general at the time of writing the EP.”
Written on and off over the course of a year, WATERMARK HIGH describes the EP as a bit more synth-heavy compared to his previous offerings. It features fewer ‘acoustic’ instruments and samples and is more ‘electronic’ sounding. He followed a less maximalist approach this time around, whilst still keeping things intricate and interesting.
“I have always loved organic, warm sounding electronic music and that’s what influenced me mostly, sonically – music made with machines and computers and sounds found in every day life, but which sounds more human and which has character and texture. That makes the music more evocative to me. That’s what I look for in music, so that’s what inspired me.”
Fans would be able to identify a similar style of sample chopping present in FOR GOOD compared to WATERMARK HIGH’s older stuff – taking sounds that shouldn’t work together and trying to make them work as a new whole. The distorted gibberish vocal chops also aren’t completely dissimilar from some of his previous work.
“When I was writing and putting the EP together, I always kept the title in mind, which always kind of nudged me in certain directions. I always try to have the title before I start working, so that what I do makes sense thematically (to me at least). It’s not something I can explain really, there aren’t any lyrics or anything super obvious, but in my mind, the songs fit together.”
FOR GOOD Track List:
2. Die If You Fall, Live If You Jump
3. Marrow Deep
4. For Good
5. Let It Enfold You
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Interview: WATERMARK HIGH:
- Hey Paul… its a pleasure to be chatting to you!!
No problem, thanks for your time/interest!
- Would you mind giving us a shot background on yourself and how you got involved in the music scene? Also, a small background on WATERMARK HIGH and what this project is all about?
I’ve played in various kinds of bands for ages while doing my electronic/solo stuff on the side until I decided to quit the last band I was in to solely focus on my electronic music and production in 2012. I’ve done other stuff under the “Watermark High” name stretching as far back as 2008 or even earlier, but it was completely different. In hindsight I really should have just started with a new name but I already had a mini-following for “Watermark High” on Facebook etc. so I thought I might as well “relaunch” it as something completely different and build it from what I already had. I guess it turned out ok, only a handful of people were really confused 😉
- What are your influences in the sound that you are producing?
In a general sense, I would say my 3 biggest musical influences are Lapalux, Prefuse 73 and Bonobo. I tend to be inspired most by music that is not easy to pigeonhole.
- Our local scene has been growing positively over the past few years… What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
Yeah, I’m very much out of it in terms of bands so I can’t really comment, but on the electronic side there are some amazing things going on. Guys like of Card On Spokes, Slabofmisuse, Mr. Sakitumi, Micro Pluto, Buli, Vox Portent, Hawkword and Phizicist, DJ Caviar/Dank, Liver, Christian Tiger School, Sibot…the list goes on. There are some very exciting electronic sounds coming out of our country at the moment…
- Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Pretty much everyone I listed above really.
- You have just released your latest single called GALOCHER. Can you tell us what this song is about? Any major influences in making this track?
“Galocher” is French for “French Kiss”. That was more just a kind of loose theme. I’m all about creating moods really and that title just fitted nicely with the mood or feeling I wanted to convey through that track.
- What are your plans for the remaining of this year and moving forward in general?
I’m busy working on a new live set at the moment. I’m hoping to be out and playing again around July/August. Would like to head down to Cape Town again, as well as some other places. Other than that I’m just writing and planning my next release.
- Where can we follow you on Social media?
I’m all over really so I’d suggest getting all those links from my website: http://www.watermarkhigh.co.za but here are the main social media ones:
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