Gloomer is the project of multi-artist Elliott Kozel, known for his production work for the likes of Jean Dawson, Corbin (FKA Spooky Black), Velvet Negroni (4AD), and the upcoming Yves Tumor album. Kozel is now stepping out on his own with Gloomer, and the song “Drumjoy.” His debut single is out now on Pop Can Records. Gloomer will be making their live debut on August 12 in Los Angeles at The Baader House.
Speaking on the song and its accompanying video, Kozel reflects: “This song was originally 5 or 6 minutes long with way more different parts and sections, which I eventually edited down quite a bit. It’s about boredom and jealousy in a long-term relationship. The music video is a collaboration between myself and animator Joon Voigt whose drawings were recently featured in Everything Everywhere All at Once. We animated it by hand, making over 2000 drawings and collage pieces and photographing them one by one. We took a lot of inspiration from early 90’s cartoons like the Brothers Grunt, Beavis and Butthead, and Ren and Stimpy. During the process of creating all the images we watched a lot of Pauly Shore movies.”
When asked about the new project and moniker, Kozel said: “My goal was, primarily, to make music for myself again, after many years of producing for other people. Secondly, I wanted to create a mixture of styles and genres that hadn’t been heard before. I challenged myself to use high BPMs between 130-190. Drum and bass, mixed with My Bloody Valentine was sort of the guiding light of the project, but I also wanted every song to have surprising twists and turns.”
Continuing, Elliott stated “My friend Pat from ill peach asked me to work on a song of theirs that was all vocals and synths with no drums, and I started experimenting with sampling the track over breakbeats and heavy guitars. After it worked well on “Drumjoy,” which was the first song I made for the project, I decided to create limitations for the project to work within. Every song had to incorporate high speed drum breaks, fuzz guitars and a mutation of this ill peach sample. I have been so used to producing for so many different artists in so many styles, it’s been hard for me to stick to an aesthetic in the past, so it was important for me to build a world of sounds for the project that would be cohesive.”
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