Santa Cruz Good Times

Tuesday
Apr 28th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

I Wanna Be Sedated

music huhIndie duo Uh Huh Her returns to their EDM roots on latest album

For Cam Grey—one half of the indie duo Uh Huh Her—making the band’s new album, Future Souls, felt like a return to their roots.

“It was like going home,” Grey says. “We had previously done Nocturnes and an acoustic EP, so we’d kind of gone into this weird world that I’m not really used to—acoustic and/or rock. I wanted to get back to our electronic roots. EDM is taking over, and that’s where we started, so I wanted to make a fun, sedated dance record.”

Compared to other dance records, Future is definitely on the chilled-out side of things. “It’s Chemical” has a down-tempo sensibility with sensual, jazzy keys, and tracks like “Time” and “Shiiine” are laid-back electro-pop. There is a feeling throughout Future that Grey and bandmate Leisha Hailey are comfortable and having a good time.

“We didn’t put too much pressure on the writing process—it was really fluid,” Grey says. “We built a studio in our house, so that allowed us to go at our own pace and not have any pressure to go to a big studio like we did in the past, where we were rushing to do a million different things because of a budget. It really freed things up for us.”

Creative freedom is important for the duo, so building that studio proved to be a crucial decision. Having once been part of a major label, they know all about the pitfalls that can come along with that, and how others can negatively influence the creative process. Going their own way and secluding themselves during recording was essential to making the album they wanted to make.

“When you’re signed or working with producers, you’re subject to being scrutinized by outside opinions, and more often than not that hurts people because they second-guess themselves,” says Grey. “I read The Artist’s Way, and it says you should always create your own space for yourself so everything can flow better, so that was our intention behind having our own little work space.”

But Future doesn’t simply flow, musically, by maintaining its subdued, dance-centric vibe throughout; while it does have a lighter, almost happy-sounding feel, the content is less than sunshiny. Future is less about having a good time and more about wondering what all of this means.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been plagued by an existential crisis,” she says. “I really wanted to get that out. This record is the perfect reflection of all those thoughts about the existence of human beings and all the little creatures on the earth and what does that mean? What the hell is going on? All those perplexing questions.”

Dealing with the reality of such heavy themes was not even the most difficult part of the album-making process for Grey.

“I’m a composer first—I’m such a producer in that way—and when I work with content it’s hard for me to say what I want to say,” she admits. But despite the difficulty she has voicing her thoughts, and the fact that she is engaged in such deep contemplation about weighty issues like the meaning of existence, Grey still knows how to laugh.

“It’s kind of hypocritical in a way, the more I think about it,” she laughs. “I’ll say life is futile in one breath and then it’s the most beautiful thing in another, so I’m just having a crisis!”


Uh Huh Her will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the Catalyst Atrium, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $15/advance, $18/door. For more information, call 423-1338.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

We Can Rebuild You

A look back at how downtown Santa Cruz recovered from the 1989 earthquake

 

International Earth Day—Mother Earth Day

Every April 22, humanity celebrates International Mother Earth Day and Earth Day. As more than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year, Earth Day has become the world’s largest civic observance. The massive concern to build right relations between humanity and the living being we call Earth is evidence of humanity’s love of the Mother. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed April 22 International Mother Earth Day, with a significant resolution affirming “the interdependence existing among human beings, other living species (the kingdoms—mineral, plant, animal and human) and the planet itself, the Earth which we all inhabit.” The Earth is our home. Celebrating Earth Day helps us define new emerging processes (economic, social, political) focused on the well-being of the kingdoms. Through these, humanity seeks to raise the quality of life, foster equality and begin to establish right relations with the Earth. We dedicate ourselves to bringing forth balance and a relationship of harmony with all of nature. Learn about planting a billion trees (the Canopy Project); participate in 1.5 billion acts of green. Disassociation (toward Earth) is no longer viable. We lose our connection to life itself. Participation is viable—an anchor, refuge and service for all of life on Earth. Visit earthday.org; harmonywithnatureun.org; and un.org/en/events/motherearthday for more information. From Farmers Almanac, “On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, companionship with nature! Go barefooted. Walk through woods, find wildflowers and green moss. Remain outside, no matter the weather!” Nature, Earth’s most balanced kingdom, heals us. The New Group of World Servers is preparing for the May 3 Wesak Buddha Taurus solar festival. We prepare through asking for and offering forgiveness. Forgiveness purifies and like nature, heals.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Dark Magic

40 years on the movie beat in Santa Cruz
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Oral Fixations

Blown away by a Tuesday night dinner at Oswald

 

If you could live in Santa Cruz in any era besides now, which would you choose?

Probably the ’70s, because Santa Cruz is such a fly-your-freak-flag place. That was when free love and hippiness was in vogue. Shane Reber, Santa Cruz, Caretaker

 

Sarah’s Vineyard

Sarah’s Vineyard of Gilroy is known for crafting fine wines—and one of my all-time favorites is its Chardonnay. But this time, its Viognier has my vote.

 

Munch

East Coast meets West Coast in new meat lover’s paradise