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Mars Is A Very Bad Place For Love

by The Breathing Effect

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StrangeFlow Dreamy, impulsive, complex and really diversified - the breathing effect create a unique sound and combine interesting ideas with complex rythms and jazzy tunes Favorite track: Weightless Reality.
Noah Wilson
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Noah Wilson I take this album everywhere I go, and this album takes me to places I've never been. Favorite track: Fireflies.
Andres Avellaneda Mejia
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Andres Avellaneda Mejia In their first full length TBE display some of the best songwriting in jazz. With no weak songs, this is an album that's perfect from start to finish. It's also great that these guys rely on other styles of music for inspiration. There's a huge electronica, psychedelic, ambient and hip hop(drumwise) influence. Favorite track: Cold Meteor Showers.
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(mu) This album is a journey. The first track sets the stage for a series of experiences. The textures, the feelings of each song are different but feel connected in their scale.

The unpredictability of the jazz here alternates between vast atmospheres and driving grooves, but never fails to sound good. There's a lot of strength in these sounds, but at times there's this peculiar ephemeral sense to them: you wonder where the track will go, which wonderful destination it's bringing you to. Delight. Favorite track: Forestial Things.
Visions 07:09
Shake the dust out of your head It’s quiet now, and we can hear ourselves Oh what do we have to do today? What do we have to do? Think about the things we couldn’t live without If I empty out my mind, will I leave my soul behind? All that I see comes from inside me Breathe into the flame And watch it grow to what you can’t contain The graceful chaos, chaos Sleeping in the rain The battle to survive drives you insane And as we drift off Visions release you Let me paint in the sunlight We’re awake now; can we go outside? Will I ever finish what I make? Can I ever love what I create? Maybe not this year Maybe not this life Breathe into the flame And watch it grow to what you can’t contain The graceful chaos, chaos Sleeping in the rain The battle to survive drives you insane And as you drift off Visions release you
Waterfalls As I am floating underneath Being kept alive This science shows me many things I could never dream Underwater paradise This world I know Is full of life Swim with me In this weightless reality We’ll drink green tea Eat lemon cakes with poppy seeds It’s so serene Enchanted by a pleasant gleam This world I know Is just a dream
Fireflies 02:24
In your mind, what do you see? In your eyes, I see pools of reflection Though you’re kind, I feel disdain I recognize But do I see just fireflies? Luminescent creature My thoughts are in the sky Effervescent dreamer Why do I even try To understand fireflies? The embers of your life they burn so brightly I look deep inside, down into your precious soul Your desire fills me with drive to carry on But how long will you burn alive? Luminescent creature My thoughts are in the sky Overbearing wisher Why do I even try To understand fireflies?
Half Light 01:09


Jazz is supposedly a grown folks’ genre, played by aging bohemians in tiny clubs. Tell that to the Breathing Effect—a self-described electronic group influenced by soul, rock and jazz—whose debut album, Mars Is a Very Bad Place for Love, toes a line between traditional and turn up. As a unit, producer/keyboardist Eli Goss and drummer/bassist Harry Terrell merge the standards of conventional jazz with modern bounce beats. By definition, it scans as "jazz fusion," but the results conjure '70s R&B as well as the contemporary Los Angeles beat scene and hip-hop. Clearly, Goss and Terrell study Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine, but it seems they dig Thundercat and Stevie Wonder, too.

The genesis of the Breathing Effect can be traced to its fascinating 2014 EP, on which Goss and Terrell spread aquatic rhythms over five tracks. From "Layers of Thought" to "Losing My Mind", the resulting mixture was equally soothing and mesmerizing; the EP as a whole worked just as well under clear or gray skies. Mars is more upbeat than its predecessor, though the opening tunes—"Forestial Things" and "Cloudy Afternoon"—continue the EP’s mellow ambience. Yet by the third song, the two-tiered "Cold Meteor Showers", Goss and Terrell hit a stride.

In a way, Mars plays like musical theater: It’s driven by space travel, and follows the story of two lovers cruising the galaxy with no concept of time. Tracks like "One for the Mountains By the Sea" and "Twenty Years Altogether" recall spacious isolation, of couples escaping life’s hustle to be alone with each other. It’s a notion evoked on album standout, "Weightless Reality", where Goss, Terrell and guest vocalist Kalia Vandever sing of a fantasy world of waterfalls and underwater utopia. Whether or not they’re depicting planet Mars is anyone’s guess. Still, the music conveys a very real narrative while using few words, which is usually a tough task for most instrumental albums.

The vocals, sparing as they are, come from Goss, Terrell, Vandever and Michael Mayo, who tend to float along the periphery of the music, underlining the instrumentals. On "Streetlights Out of Focus", Mayo drifts softly, his wails a breezy compliment to Goss and Terrell’s composition. And of all the great things happening here—the Isley Brothers vibe on "Fireflies", the dense layers of "Visions"—you can actually feel the melodies, which remain at the forefront even though the music drifts in all directions. The blend seeps into the background if you let it, but dominates your attention in headphones, played loudly. "Rising Inside"—the LP’s best song and one of the group’s finest to date—uses swift percussion, bright synths and a Vocoder, working up a loud bounce that would fit comfortably within rap circles and jazz crowds, two sects that couldn’t be farther apart these days. It’s a grand culmination for the Breathing Effect: experimental jazz with the potential for huge resonance.

-Marcus J Moore, pitchfork.com


released April 21, 2015

Eli Goss – Piano (1), Keyboards (3, 5, 7, 10, 11), Synthesizers (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10), Vocals (4, 8) Guitar (4, 5, 6, 8)

Harry Terrell – Drums and Percussion (2-11), Bass (2-11), Vocals (8, 9), Guitar (8)

Moki Kawaguchi – Keyboards (2, 4, 9), Synthesizer/Vocoder (10)

Kalia Vandever – Trombone (2, 9), Vocals (8)

Michael Mayo – Vocals (7)

Written, Recorded, and Produced by The Breathing Effect
Mixed by The Breathing Effect and Daddy Kev
Executive Produced and Mastered by Daddy Kev
Artwork by Mariano Peccinetti


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The Breathing Effect Los Angeles, California

The Breathing Effect began in 2013 as two lifelong friends embarked on a journey of songwriting and sonic experimentation. Over the last decade their palette has evolved in step with an ever-changing world, but their dedication to heartfelt music has stayed constant. After 6 genre-defying LP’s and 8 years of indelible live performances, The Breathing Effect stands tall as a musical legacy. ... more

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