The convivial dulcet tones of Red
An introduction to the music of Kaplan and Mondello
By Steffen Armstrong
A short while ago towards the back end of 2017 we got a reminder that New York is still alive with music! Friends and acquaintances of old Third Outing favourite Here's Andy, mad rockers Primate House and leccy shoegazers NOVA got in touch with us to tell of a rather intriguing new project. Project Red.
Red is a genre bending drum/guitar duo by New Yorkers Avery Kaplan and Lucy Mondello. They specialise in soft tones and dream states aided by their predominantly instrumental sequences. It's a style which brings the most out of both instruments.
You pay more attention to the delicate intricacies of the drums. You get different timbres from the guitar. Best of all, you engage more with what instrument and musician can do on a technical level. So in the spirit of doing things differently, we started the sentences and Red finished them...
"You really have to chef something up in order to fulfill anything here"
New York City
The cries on Hills Bicycle Estate happened because...the song called for them. While listening back to that part of the song in the recording process we agreed that something was missing. We swung a mic from the ceiling and Avery lay on the floor and screamed to give it a crazy, wavy, roomy sound.
Lyrics on records are overrated because...they aren’t! Telling stories and sharing parts of your life through lyrics in a song can be very powerful and we both respect and love that. It wasn’t a conscious decision to leave out lyrics on the first 3 songs, it was just how we made and played the music.
New York is…where we grew up. You really have to chef something up in order to fulfill anything here. New York is also a safe space, though. It opens up lots of opportunities for pretty much any form of art. It's a very diverse place, there are a lot of different music/art scenes here that are all very unique in their own ways. It’s also a place with many great people. We are happy to be from New York.
Kaplan and Mondello could be the next…duo you ask to come play at your venue! People to make your day! Maybe Matt and Kim, maybe Steely Dan?