Enter the dreamy soundscape of You'll Never Get To Heaven and you'll experience an ambience that you'll want to believe in. Studying in London, Ontario for the last few years, the electric pop project of Halifax's Chuck Blazevik (Dreamsploitation) and Alice Hansen is a high voltage of creative harmonies. You'll Never Get to Heaven plays the Electric Voice Records showcase at the Khyber with an impressive bill of electro-artists on the fringe.
But even for "outsiders," their sound is in sync with something bigger. "The grainy, opaque quality of our music might qualify our relative distance from the 'inside,'" Blazevik says, "but upon closer inspection, a lot of bands are doing this post-My Bloody Valentine thing. It's actually, broadly speaking, not very disparate or 'outsider' at all." So perhaps it is Heaven's method of sound production that situates them in the OBEY Convention. Out on Divorce Records this fall, the duo's debut LP was put together in steps, balancing sonic gravity while achieving weightlessness. "First, we would find a particular moment on an old LP, [like] a sustained chord, isolated texture, or percussion sound and sample it," says Blazevik. "In most cases, we'd manipulate the sample beyond recognition through degraded analogue tape and digital signal processors." Then, he and Hansen layered electric bass and vocals, which gave the distorted samples ethereal qualities. Along with Hansen's feathery voice, it's a melody of minds. "This project represents some of the overlap in our musical sensibilities," says Blazevik. The pair wants to continue making music that reflects their constantly evolving aesthetic interests. But Blazevik and Hansen wouldn't say what it takes to get to heaven; better start praying.
You’ll Never Get To Heaven w/Gary War, Transfixed & Body Language, Old & Weird, DJ B Wagg and General Purpose DJ, projections by J. Lachance, Turret Room video installation by James Gauvreau, Friday, June 1 at Khyber Club, 1588 Barrington, 10:30pm, $10