Welcome to the fourth spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation (PXP006). I aim to have one of these interviews every single day so by the time we release the album at the end of March you will know each band initmately! Next up is Chase Morledge AKA This Cold Night. He also designed the j-card we are using for the album so he is a man of many talents! The track in question is ‘Yelva’ and it’s like a soundtrack to a dream you half remember, but for some reason it’s imagery stays with you all day. Here we go…
Hello! You are one of the 26 bands chosen for the POST/POP X CassetteCulture compilation. Congrats and thank you for letting me use your song. Just so everyone can know a little about you, who are you?
My name is Chase Morledge. I am the solo artist responsible for This Cold Night.
Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?
I am from Austin, Tx–a.k.a. the oasis in the shithole that is Texas. There is a nice assortment of record shops in Austin. My favorite shop here is “End of An Ear.”
What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into? Y’know, if I had a gun to your head! (There’s a slim chance that in the future I may have to point a gun to your head due to sleepwalking)
Assigning oneself a genre is always a difficult task. I suppose I would fall most neatly under the Darkwave category.
I’m bored of bands telling the world what their musical influences are SO, what are your non-musical influences? (people, movies, art etc)
My music is influenced by the balance of beautiful and terrible human acts in this chaotic world. I also take influence from dystopian films and novels. I love Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil. I love Edgar Degas’s L’Absinthe. I also take influence from unknown and unrecognized art/artists. I, especially, take influence from found–usually discarded–objects. For example, a single child’s shoe found in the wilderness. How and why was it left there? Where is the child now? What has happened?
How did you find out about this collaboration/compilation and what made you send me your songs?
I am a frequent lurker on /r/cassetteculture and learned about the compilation there.
Frankly, the reason I threw some tracks at this compilation was to try to get my name out there. I just started this project and I am looking for ways to share my music without completely seeming like a douche. I also am a huge fan of the sound of tape and am quite curious as to how one of my tracks will be enhanced by the digital to analog conversion.
You are in a dusty room. Time hangs heavy in the air. Before you is an ancient table, carved from a twisted tree that once stood proudly atop a lost mountain. Upon this great table is a gilded envelope. You open the envelope slowly, knowing that it will give you the answer that you have been waiting for ever since you started this journey. You have lost many friends and gained untold enemies along the way. All for this. This moment. You carefully remove the parchment, feeling the edges until it draws blood. You notice not, as your eyes flicker across the page. Your blind companion, so loyal, even though you traded his eyes for safe passage and a mixtape, brings his ear close to your lips and asks you the question. “What did the letter say?” and your answer is……
Fuck, I forgot my reading glasses.
(A long silence followed by deep sobbing)
Do you listen to tapes yourself? Do you think there’s a future for the format?
Yes and yes. The future of tape, in my opinion, is relatively bright. There is certainly a growing renewed interest in the format and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Of course, the format will never reach mainstream culture, but who would want it to? Fuck them. They would only commercialize such an individualized and wholesome format.
What’s the one thing people should know about you before they listen to your track?
Nothing. Have no expectations, you will only be disapointed.
What’s the one thing people should know after they listen to your track?
That I’m lonely and desperate and they should add me on Facebook and talk to me. https://www.facebook.com/fa380f3h0a3fa
Thanks Chase! Read more interviews with the bands featured on the upcoming POST/POP release below: