Rebecca Goldberg is a multidisciplinary artist from Detroit who combines her skills in musical and visual arts to create a lane entirely her own. For this release, she invites her friend Jon Dixon to join her and the results of her capture each of her signature sounds, weaving them into something new.
Rebecca met Jon in 2017 and was responsible for designing the artwork on Jon’s 4evr 4wrd label releases. This prompted Jon to show Rebecca the keyboard so she could learn how to play the Westworld theme. Eventually, after a few years, she decided it was time to suggest they collaborate on some music. The result of that collaboration is the song “Our Morning”, which is now presented to the world in this very special release.
Opening with hazy strings and a broken 909 beat, «Our Morning» creates an atmosphere of anticipation. As elements are added, the tension builds, with melodic snippets sliding over one another. The acid settings slowly start to intensify, giving way to a hi-tech explosion of pure soul at the top of the track. If sunlight breaking through clouds had a musical accompaniment, this would be it. Jon’s melodic and harmonic sensibilities mesh wonderfully with Rebecca’s mechanical rhythm, peppering the dance floor with optimism in these trying times. After that launch, the descent is elegantly handled, slowly but surely bringing reality back as we bask in the warm glow of the journey we just completed.
The music in this special deserves a special introduction, and Rebecca’s devotion to creativity in all aspects of her work shines through here. An excerpt from «Our Morning» is recorded on a 5″x7″ flexidisc postcard that you can play on a turntable, featuring the work of local photographer Ryan Southen. The Ambassador Bridge is in the foreground, connecting Detroit and Windsor, with the cities lurking in the background. The postcard is limited to 250 numbered copies and purchase includes a high-quality digital file download of the full track.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Hello! Where can we find you now? How did you start your day?
– I am at home now in my studio, I have a pretty standard routine. I tried to start with a little outdoor exercise. Now I am preparing for some gigs and upcoming tour dates in Greece and Israel this month.
When did the idea of undertaking a project like yours begin to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
– I had a demo track that I was working on for another label. I knew that a feature from Jon would really polish it off and take the track to the next level. I was worried about that but the track wasn’t picked up in the end. Rather than put it to the side, I wanted to do something really creative for a single release which is how the flexi-postcard idea came together.
How would you define the sound of your latest work?
– Between my acid contribution and techno percussion, Jon’s High-Tech Jazz and Ryan’s photography, this project is Detroit through and through!
What artists are you interested in these days?
– I recently spent some time in Iceland and have been listening to music from my friends there. Thiz One, Siiiiideproject, Orang Volante and they Móatún 7 label specifically, on which I just released a single for an acid compilation.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
How would you define your sound?
– By not defining it at all! Obviously it’s electronic music but I really don’t like to put my work in specific boxes. 🙂
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
– Like mentioned I just released a track as part of a compilation on Móatún 7. Hopefully you’ll be able to hear my new EP “Detroit People Mover” very soon! For now I’m looking forward to getting back on tour this month!