As Summer makes its way, so does My Brother's Ears/My Sister's Eyes, Psychic Babble's (Colin Frangicetto) debut album. Colin kindly took the time to answer a few questions for us on what inspires his art and music, what to expect from his new record and future Psychic Babble releases.
[email protected]: Guide us through the writing and recording process of My Brother’s Ears / My Sister’s Eyes.
Colin: This record was written unconsciously throughout the last 5 years or so. Just me collecting ideas and reshaping them over and over until they all seemed to fit together like a puzzle. At some point last year I realized I was ready to make a record but didn't really know what it would be, only that it had to be. Recording it was a combination of self recording in houses, garages, basements, apartments, vans, tour buses, hotels and dressing rooms that eventually got spiced up and or re-recorded at my friend Vince Rattis’ studio, Skylight Studio. It was a blast as I’ve worked with him many times when I was younger. I produced and Vince engineered.
[email protected]: How did the process differ from anything you’ve done previously in Circa Survive?
Colin: It’s basically the polar opposite of processes. Psychic Babble is all me. I make all the calls and it’s pretty much a singular vision from start to finish, where as Circa is a collaboration/compromise at all times. It’s a blessing and a curse really, there were many times where I missed the camaraderie of a group at the same time relishing in the freedom of doing whatever I pleased. The other big difference is that I’m singing - Which as any singer will tell you, is a big deal.
[email protected]: What inspired you lyrically for this album?
Colin: I think the lyrics are some kind of combination of subconscious ramble that goes on during personal drama and a sort of deliberate prose. All of the songs are inspired by real life events, feelings, etc. They’re easy to relate to I’d say but I could easily be wrong about that.
[email protected]: What is the inspiration/meaning of the album title?
Colin: It basically is a dedication to my 2 siblings as well as a metaphor for my ideal way to experience music and life. With the optimistic ears of my brother and the romanticizing eyes of my sister. Everything would sound amazing through my brother's ears and everything would look/appear romantic, dramatic and important through my sister's eyes.
[email protected]: Which songs on the album are the most personal to you and why?
Colin: Each song on the album is just as personal as the next. It is the equivalent to 10 diary entries.
[email protected]: Instrumentally, how do you feel Psychic Babble differs from Circa Survive?
Colin: Less technically proficient, less masculine, pure expression vs crafted beauty.
[email protected]: Why did you decide to start your own record label and what plans for the future do you have for Yenta Records?
Colin: I've wanted to start my own label since I was in high school. It just seemed most appropriate now. The future is open and undetermined but I'd think, put out more records? Both by myself and hopefully others.
[email protected]: Will you be touring in support of My Brother’s Ears / My Sister’s Eyes?
Colin: At this time there are no tours planned. Maybe some day.
[email protected]: What do you want people to take away from listening to this album?
Colin: My friend Craig said that he thinks it’s life affirming and honestly that stuck with me. I can only hope that this record can hold some kind of catharsis or euphoria for someone out there who needs it. I know it is both of those things for me.
[email protected]: Although you have just finished with your debut, are there already plans in mind for future Psychic Babble records?
Colin: Yes, I’m slowly recording a collection of cover songs to be released for free on the web and for limited vinyl purchase. I also have a mixtape of weird background music I want to release under PB that’s already done and a few new demos for the next record. All in due time.
[email protected]: With Circa Survive currently writing, when can we expect to hear new music, and how do you feel it will compare to Blue Sky Noise?
Colin: I’d say you’ll hear new music in 2012. It’s gonna be different and it’s gonna be good. That’s all I can say.
[email protected]: What does the rest of 2011 hold for Psychic Babble and Circa Survive?
Colin: For PB it’s just a ride on the teacups. For CS it’s space mountain.
[email protected]: As well as being a musician, you are quite the painter/artist. What inspires your art?
Colin: Just everyday life. Photographs, interesting faces, creatures, landscapes and structures.
[email protected]: That’s all the questions I have – is there anything else you would like to add?
Colin: Thank you very much for thinking of me. xoxo