Miles Davis changed music forever, not just jazz. He dragged listeners into the land of “vibe”, something not really wasn’t considered before his time. He established bebop as a mainstream force with his Kind of Blue album, released on August 17, 1959, the best selling jazz record of all time. It was next level stuff, and it set him up on the mountaintop all by himself, at least during that era. If you’ve never heard anything on this record, you are living under a rock.
Miles’ life was not without incident and the polar opposite of the smooth, cool sounds that he, Gil Evans and his various collaborators created. To separate the man from his music would be a mistake, but whenever you need to escape the bullshit of daily life, we recommend that you immerse yourself in Kind of Blue, or Sketches of Spain. These albums will take you to another place, far from the rat race taking place outside your window.
You can hear Davis’ influence in NAVASA music in various spots here and there. The two best examples are “If I Ever” and the last half of “Big Number in the Sky”, both contained on our album When Angels Dream. We’ve attempted to take Miles’ essence and transmogrify it through an electronica lens.
Maybe more than any other musical entity out there, Boards of Canada are a direct influence on the music of NAVASA, especially our first two EPs, (2014’s Sensurreal and 2015’s On And On). The sonic landscapes of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin are of a particular and unique sentiment that encompasses the latest electronica technology and craftsmanship combining it with old school analog recording techniques and the misuse of equipment. They have taken the genre we so love to new heights with a direct eye on art and a shunning of commercial interest. With a limited output that spans several years between releases and a gravitation to secrecy that implores it’s audience to let the music to speak for itself, Boards of Canada have gravitated to the mountain top. One of their greatest feats is making you think that a track is uncompromisingly simple, but once further investigated, reveals a layer of complexity that bursts into your ears. This a magical musical trick that few have ever accomplished.
Boards of Canada’s video output is minimal, again resorting to their mission to let the music do the talking, but here is an official clip for the track “Reach for the Dead”, from the duo’s 2013 masterpiece album Tomorrow’s Harvest: