The Cinematic Orchestra
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
The Cinematic Orchestra
Photay’s debut full-length Onism inherits the same historical tension in an age of climate change and social media addiction. It is also a reflection of personal conditions, a meditation on place, community, and its creator’s own embodied history. The word ‘onism,’ invented by John Koenig, means the frustration of being stuck in just one body that inhabits only one place at a time.
To grasp onism is to be apprised of how little of the world you have experienced, are experiencing, or will ever experience. Photay (Evan Shornstein) composed Onism in the heart of Brooklyn and shrouded by the silence of national parks or on trips home to the woodlands of the Hudson Valley in between touring the urban centers of foreign countries. Scattered but connected, Onism’s music is a constellation that rips across the night sky of time, charting an emotional reality defined by sadness and joy, dread and wonder.
Shornstein contrasts spacious near-silence with bombastic saturated peaks. Fangled robotic tones (‘Screens’) meet with forest floor ambience (’Storm’), evoking visual designs for the built and natural worlds, while the overwhelm of metropolis (‘Balsam Massacre’) and the digital age (‘The Everyday Push’) is eased by the liberatory forests of Woodstock (‘Outré Lux’ feat. Madison Mcferrin) and assumptions into imagined realities (‘Bombogenesis’). The demonic swing of ‘Balsam Massacre’ imagines the sounds of a tree’s innards as it is felled with a chainsaw, while ’Storm’ thunders distantly in triumphant reverie.
On ‘Aura,’ Shornstein sings for the second time in his career (“Take the time to hear yourself”). The message hints at a common denominator to his meditations, resonating also as a warning to the world, an everyday push to the role of electronic music in storytelling the future of the global environmentalist movement.
Paul Preston a.k.a. PBDY was born in Long Island & raised in Phoenix. Through shared interests in multiple art forms, he became Internet friends with Flying Lotus back in 2007 during the golden age of Myspace. As that friendship flourished, he one day received a text from Flylo inviting him out to Los Angeles with an opportunity to be roommates with The Gaslamp Killer. The rest is, as they say, history.
PBDY, soon became an essential member of the Brainfeeder crew. Playing label showcases in NYC for RBMA, Japan and Europe, as well as touring with Flying Lotus on his ‘YOU'RE DEAD’ tour. Soon he dove head first into music with a side project joining fellow Brainfeeder comrade Jeremiah Jae the two form as JP Moregun. Their debut mixtape was released on Brainfeeder in 2016 and was followed by a European tour. PBDY then released a collaborative EP he produced with London based MC BUCHANAN in 2017. He continues to release mixtapes and hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio, all while running his own label TAR. His passion for music has led him on an ongoing journey to spread soundscapes & ideas.