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Still Optimist

Mysterious. Captivating. Sensuous. Moody. Gorgeous. All words that describe my impressions when listening to the brilliant debut album Velvet Season by the experimental band Still Optimist. Formed in Paris, France in 2017 by Ukrainian artist Bina Timurova (vocals, song writing, composing, guitar), and Hungarian Mihaly Sipos (keyboards, synthesisers, electronics, programming), Still Optimist creates an arresting blend of electronic/ trip-hop/ ambient/ cinematic music. In their bio, they colourfully describe their major influences: alternative and electronic music bands such as The Cure with its contradictory ambivalent of joy and sorrow; Massive Attack with their dark basslines and atmospheric synth pads; Bjork and her multi-layered meaningful lyrics and the way she moves with her voice on an extreme scale; Tesla Boy with the whole 80’s synth pop vibe and tunes;  The Chemical Brothers for their outstanding soundscape and constant motion in sounds, and many more, such as Phantogram, Atoms for Peace, Him, Depeche Mode, Underworld, FSOL, and Archive.”

Another strong influence for the duo in the creation of Velvet Season was the 2013 Jim Jarmusch vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive. They state: “The slow, dark melancholy, the constant whispering presence of passion and crunchy guitar tunes somehow beautifully lifted, transformed into a fully coherent album.” But whatever their influences, what’s clear is that their song-writing is exceptional, with intriguing lyrics, complex and unusual melodic structures, and innovative musical techniques.

The artwork is an important part of Still Optimist concept. They express themselves not only through the sound but direct the whole project from website to music videos and live visuals. They create an atmosphere, an ambience.




The artwork is an important part of Still Optimist concept. They express themselves not only through the sound but direct the whole project from website to music videos and live visuals. They create an atmosphere, an ambience.

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In 2019 they prepared Velvet Season for live performance. They not only perform the songs from the album, but they created a setup which let them improvise and mix their songs in an evolving and unexpected ways in a more EDM oriented manner.

On the 4th of January 2020, they had their first live show in Boileroom, Guildford and they are preparing their next show which will take place in the venue The Cause.

They are going to release their first video clip in, ‘With you’, in April, which is in the post-production phase already.



Reviews

This could charm the most cunning of serpents. Incredibly Sexy, entrancing and beautifully composed!! Production is top-notch!! Pyrotron on Drooble

This feels like a journey through the desert. I definitely feel as if I was being transported to the Sahara. The synth and the vocals tie so nicely together. I was mesmerized from start to finish!

Mel Brown on Nomad

„I am obsessed!!! This duo is magic!! Sexy, hypnotic, transcendental, unique, absolutely brilliant!!! I listen to their music as much as any other "major" signed artist(s). Take notice people, this is just the beginning for them!!!” Kierston Graham on Facebook page review

 

Follow Still Optimist
» http://www.stilloptimist.com
» https://facebook.com/stilloptimist
» https://instagram.com/still_optimist
» https://twitter.com/stilloptimist
» https://youtube.com/channel/UCn8snbgNBLt-CxtVRYYRrgg
» https://open.spotify.com/artist/14D8Cr7GfyGqD9V2kq6FEl?si=idG-1yv2QLCJsei75rorhw

 

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Written by Gösta
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