Multo Announces New EP

January 8, 2013

This January, Number Line Records will be releasing a new EP from Allan Lumba, aka Multo. The EP, Quiet Places, contains older, unreleased recordings of both original material and covers. We asked Allan a few questions about the release:

What can we expect from the new EP?

“Quiet Places” is actually a lot of old ass songs that I made and collected, and only now feel comfortable releasing to the public. A lot of the songs were just quickly written and recorded in one day. Many of them are practices in structure and repetition, but also just in the aesthetics of simplicity. All the songs hopefully also have a type of tone that reflects slower moments, like introspective breathing spaces in this world of constant social mediation. Or maybe (the EP) can just be something people put on in the background while they read.

How is it different from your previous releases—Footnote to Youth and Upon Returning?

As a collection of past unreleased recordings, it’s definitely more spread out in terms of content and sound. There’s nothing that coheres it other than my own fondness for the songs and the type of aesthetics I recognize in them. I also think that the it’s definitely less interested in vocals in comparison to any of my other recorded stuff.

You cover the Clarendon Hills’ “Syracuse” and Kath Bloom’s “Come Here” in the EP. Can you say something about why you chose to cover those two songs?

The reason for “Syracuse” is that I just really like that song and the band. The Clarendon Hills were all people of color from the Bay Area and the lead singer was Asian American and they made an impact on the way I thought about indie-rock and punk back in 2003 or so. They just made really fun music and the content for “Syracuse” always resonated with me. I wanted to make a “road-trip” version of it. The Kath Bloom cover “Come Here” is obvious for those familiar with Before Sunrise, one of my favorite films when I was a young provincial twenty-something. I’ve always enjoyed the song, but of course, it’s been shaped by my memory of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy listening to the vinyl version at the record store together. Why cover it? I think I had a cold and it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Seattle-based artist, Allan Lumba (aka Multo), has been writing music inspired by 1970s/1980s radio pop and...