Technoir | Interview | New Album, ‘After Math’

Uncategorized February 26, 2024

Technoir | Interview | New Album, ‘After Math’

Introducing ‘After Math,’ the latest album by Technoir, the duo formed by Alexandros Finizio and Jennifer Villa, renowned for their distinctive blend of alternative/electro-soul.

Recorded entirely in their home studio and produced by Alexandros Finizio, the album explores the aftermath of disruptive events and the impact of advanced technologies on society. Drawing from trip-hop’s instability, Technoir crafts a layered sound combining Jennifer’s haunting vocals with Alexandros’ cinematic guitars. From the hypnotic ‘Saturate’ to the funk-infused ‘Polluted Core,’ each track offers a glimpse into their introspective journey. ‘After Math’ was released digitally and in a limited edition marbled vinyl format by Kengah Records, their own label imprint.

“We focused more on cinematic atmospheres and on creating songs with a more pop approach”

How did you two originally meet?

We met in our hometown, Genova, because we both played in the local band AUDIOgraffiti. We then decided to start our own project thanks to our shared passion for Neo Soul, Electronica, and the L.A. beatmakers scene.

What would you say is the overall vision of the duo?

Our drive is to make music that is visceral and experimental at the same time, blending electronics with live instruments. We feel we are reaching a style that is cinematic and obscure but soulful simultaneously.

Do you feel that with your third album, ‘After Math,’ you’re opening a new chapter in your discography?

All of our albums sound very different from one another because we like to explore, but at the same time, they are unified by the fact that we kept building around the same vision. Yes, ‘After Math’ is a new chapter in the sense that we focused more on cinematic atmospheres and on creating songs with a more pop approach.

Can you share some further words about it?

As an independent band, we weren’t sure we would be able to continue after the pandemic, so with this album, we really felt we could be ourselves with nothing to lose. That’s why we went all in and drew inspiration from all kinds of artists, from Flying Lotus to Rosalía, from Nine Inch Nails to Ennio Morricone, Massive Attack, and Brittany Howard. We feel this is our most personal work so far.

What else currently occupies your life?

In the past few years, we started a side project for sync music, and we also began animating our own videos (‘Saturate’ and ‘Haters Hate’). Besides this, we are rewatching all of Kubrick’s movies, and we are really diving into anime and animation.

“We’d really love to make music for a movie, a series, or a video game!”

What are some future plans?

Recently, Alex started working in the soundtrack world, so we’d really love to make music for a movie, a series, or a video game! We feel that’s where our style is taking us. We are also working on a new live set that includes an amazing drummer!

Let’s end this interview with some of your favorite albums. Have you found something new lately you would like to recommend to our readers?

Recently, we’ve really loved Laura Mvula’s ‘Pink Noise,’ simply great, ‘A Light Attracting Attention’ by The Smile, The Watchmen Series soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, ‘Forever I Wait’ by Martina Topley-Bird, and ‘Cool it Down’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Thank you. The last word is yours.

‘After Math’ is a totally independent album, released by our own label Kengah Records. Check out the vinyl on our Bandcamp page, and don’t forget to support the music you love!

Klemen Breznikar

Headline photo: Giacomo Carlini

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