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As the landscape of the film industry continues to be turned on its head, the rules of independent cinema have remained consistent in one key way: Make a movie that finds eyeballs and turns a profit, and you’ll get to make another—probably, with a bigger budget. After Moonlight, Barry Jenkins has a TV series and a James Baldwin adaptation on the horizon. Sean Baker, who shot his breakout Tangerine on iPhones, is receiving near-unanimous critical acclaim for his latest film, The Florida Project. With surprise success comes the opportunity for more. Nick Ebeling’s documentary on the star and his assistant, Satya de la Manitou, titled Along for the Ride. 

This EP is the first release of Bashan – the project of Gemma Thompson, guitarist of the band Savages. The tracks are formed as direct responses to the work of the painter Morris Graves – repetition, waves crashing against the cliff face, vertical drops and oncoming headwinds, sound guided by the currents.
released October 16, 2017 ,Written and recorded in Leipzig, Germany.
All music written by Bashan. Guitars performed by Gemma Thompson.
Percussion and Harmonium performed by Sam Sherry.

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Ebeling infuses the documentary with flashy artistic decisions to keep the viewer engaged—utilizing black and white cinematography, reenacted scenarios, and a consistent breaking of the fourth wall—but his wisest creative choice was in employing Gemma Thompson to score the film. With her main band, Savages, Thompson hammers her guitar, creating a blend of chaos and catharsis that is one of the chief catalysts for the band’s refreshing take on punk. With Along for the Ride, however, Thompson sheds this weight significantly, adding a haunting subtlety to the film that lingers long after the final credits roll.

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Bashan

Gemma Thompson, perhaps best known for her work in British rock band Savages, is one of the most inventive guitarists of her generation. In performance, she can be seen wrestling her instrument with the kind of looseness that comes from having complete faith in her ability; her style is a delicate tangle of feedback, reverb, and ostinato. In Savages, her guitar leads are threaded together with her bandmates on bass, vocal, and drums to form structured rock ‘n’ roll songs. But her most recent experiments with sound have freed her from those constraints.

In a studio and at her apartment in Leipzig, Germany this past summer, Thompson spent several months experimenting with different guitar frequencies, with the goal of letting the sounds lead the songwriting. She wanted to find an audible way to describe landscapes, using the way it travels to represent different physical formations: cliffs, rocks, waves. The results of these experiments, recorded with her partner Sam Sherry of the band A Dead Forest Index, are presented as four unique compositions, written as complementary to one another. They offer a journey into the mind of an artist who’s passionate about finding new ways to interpret sound.

For Bashan—EP1Thompson took cues from several projects she’d recorded with Savages, as well as a film score she was asked to record for a documentary about Dennis Hopper. Using those as a launching pad, she set about to create something she wanted to listen to, that also reflected her desire to expand the scope of her work.

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Savages a post punk rock band based in London nice photo of Founding member Guitarist Gemma Thompson their album “Silence Yourself” was released last year.

http://www.savagesband.com