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Illuminating the track Popdust described as “dream-pop gauziness and 70’s folk motifs,” the visual companion harnesses the raw emotion of the single as Rothman guides us into the depths of her psyche. Directed by duo Sleepy Puppies, “strange” centers around a lush, ethereal world where Rothman takes center stage. Creating a dreamy atmosphere through the use of intimate close ups and hazy lighting, “strange” presents Rothman frank and emotive as she brings life to her heart wrenching lyrics.
“This song was written, recorded, and produced in a little less than 24 hours in my tiny apartment in Valencia, Spain. Over the past two years, I downsized a lot of my physical belongings, and have been making music from a backpack-sized recording setup while traveling around the US, Canada, Europe, and North Africa. I wanted to challenge myself to make as much music as possible using as few resources as I could, trading a comfortable studio setup for freedom of location.”
Produced by Kate Ellwanger (aka DOT) and co-written with Cape Francis, “fifteen / feet” is a song described as “as foreboding as it is wondrous” by Atwood Magazine. The three-minute composition is a lush soundscape of organic instrumentation, driven by guitar and drums, that acts as an ideal foundation to showcase Rothman’s soft vocals and poetic songwriting.
“Nora Rothman is setting what should be a precedent for every musician.
The singer-songwriter has long been blending her musical output with activist work, and she practices the feminist ethos that she preaches. Today, she released a new single called "strange"—an ethereal, buoyant new track that meshes her honeyed vocals and bittersweet lyrics with expert production from Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot).”
“Like the title suggests, L.A. producer/polymath Dot‘s “Long Distance” covers a lot of ground. It’s something of an exercise in practical possibilites, she says, and here she deploys her considerable experience as a producer to demonstrate exactly how to turn a little into a lot.”
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“The sound is completely new, but the songwriting is still grounded in my hopelessly singer-songwriter-who-idolizes-Joni-Mitchell style. Basically, I'm handing my songs their first pair of heels and driving them to the bat mitzvah party.”
This month, we caught up with Unspeakable’s newest artist Nora Rothman on her upcoming releases, music in rotation, and life as an activist. Read the full interview here —>
46 artists, 36 releases, 3 compilations, 62 events, and we’re just getting started. Thank you to our artists, producers, engineers, business partners, and most of all, our listeners…
It’s a familiar feeling for me, to numb myself because something hurts so much, because the pain is too great to bear in that one moment…
Kate Ellwanger’s career is the stuff young music nerds dream of: She interned for Daddy Kev and partied at Low End Theory, runs her own label Unspeakable Records, records and produces as a solo artist and is a member of artist collective Team Supreme. The Olympia-born, LA-based Ellwanger, AKA DOT, calls into the studio to discuss her latest single “So Far Away,” a whimsical pop tune that takes you to the hazy summers of yesteryear. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Ellwanger, the track is exactly what people have to come to expect from this rising west coast multi-hyphenate.
'Shelves' Filmed by Jeanette Chwan
Music and Video by Space Cubs
Audio mastered by Mikkel Gemzoe at Varibeat
"This song is about my struggle of being an introvert, but also an artist and performer in today's world where everyone and everything is so exposed because of the internet and social media. I know that I have all the tools I need, but I don't know how to get out of my own way and be ok with feeling vulnerable. It's something I'm always working on because my nature is to be more private and conservative, but music is made to be shared."
"Chak-heh. It’s a Korean word that means good, well-behaved, nice, polite; often used to describe a young woman who keeps quiet, who listens to her parents, who follows customs. A good girl." Read more about the newest single from Kelleia in her own words, and listen to the release here.
The follow-up to last year’s “Retrofuture” debut, Ellwanger says her new album explores the concept of freedom, “and our many different paths or methods of trying to obtain what we already have within us. We are so free that we build cages (limitations) and lock ourselves in.”
Sonic Summer is nearly here! Beginning this Friday, June 22nd, Dot will be leading a select group of artists from around the world in an online program to create new music, develop business strategies for independent artists, and amplify each creator's authentic voice.
We can't wait for the day when gender doesn't need to be listed in front of job titles. Until then, visit Ari's Take to see a "living" list of 150+ female producers to support their music and help normalize the roles of women in music technology.
#bbatx interviews Dot, SassyBlack, vhvl and FreshtillDef on their processes and the creative muses that keep them inspired. Read up here.
Nylon Magazine interviews 8 incredible creators in a new feature, including Unspeakable Records founder Dot (Kate Ellwanger).
All proceeds to benefit RAINN, Global Fund For Women, and Downtown Women's Center.
Read the full article on Billboard.
Keep an ear out for her newest single "Rainy Day in L.A." out 11.3.17 on Unspeakable Records.
Check out three solo sets and a jam session by renowned LA artists Astronautica, Dot, and Shiva.