The influences behind Blursome’s mesmerising debut EP, Rendition of You

Blawan, Holy Other, Burial and more.

North Carolina-raised, Brooklyn-based artist Lara Wehbie, aka Blursome, first started making music in 2011 as a way of channeling her diagnosed depression and anxiety. Having appeared on Scuba’s 2016 fabric mix, she now debuts on his Hotflush Recordings imprint this week with an entrancing six-track experimental EP, Rendition of You.

Blending vocals with percussive work, ambient stretches and kick-heavy dance floor numbers, Wehbie crafts a dynamic sound with twists and turns at every corner.

Now she takes us through the diverse range of music and visuals that inspired Rendition of You, out February 24. Read on.

I picked these visuals because visually represent my EP, and the best way to describe this is through these two quotes from one of my favourite books, Colorless Tsukuru, by Haruki Murakami:

“Our lives are like a complex musical score. Filled with all sorts of cryptic writing, sixteenth and thirty-second notes and other strange signs. It’s next to impossible to correctly interpret these, and even if you could, and could then transpose them into the correct sounds, there’s no guarantee that people would correctly understand, or appreciate, the meaning therein. No guarantee it would make people happy.”

“You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.” Sara looked directly into his eyes. “If nothing else, you need to remember that. You can’t erase history, or change it. It would be like destroying yourself.”

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The artists that I’ve included below have influenced my sound because I would listen to them when I had my darkest times, and they brought me out of my depression – a therapy… Inspiring me to form my sound and release me from being trapped in my mind.

About the ones in bold: These five artists I’ve included have influenced my sound because I’ll turn to these tracks during my darkest times – bringing me out of my depression – a therapeutic release of my demons. Inspiring me to be able to form my sound and release me from being trapped in my mind.

Burial has been there for me since day one – I cannot count the number of times his work got me out of my darkest moments. As for Colin Stetson, his experimental playing of the saxophone guided me for use of sampling and manipulation in my work. I put Blawan on here because his use of sampling and drum patterns helped me formulate my own use of sampling and percussion work. Femme en Fourrure is AMAZING. I love how simplistic but complicated the style of Femme en Fourrure music is, because it has been an inspiration for my style and production. And then there is Andy Stott – his use of intricate sampling and ambient atmosphere inspired my style of production and evolved my design process.

Overall, I would not be making the style of music I am now if it was not for these artists.

1. Femme en Fourrure – “Bronco”

2. Burial & Four Tet- “Nova”

3. Burial- “Archangel”

4. Holy Other- “Know Where”

5. Blawan- “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage”

6. Galcher Lustwerk- “100% Galaher”

7. Andy Stott- “New Ground”

8. Colin Stetson- “Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun”

9. Fever Ray- “If I Had a Heart”

10. Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX- “I’m New Here”

11. John Talabot- “Depak Ine”

Rendition of You is out February 24 on Hotflush Recordings.

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