This record took me about 3 years to complete, and I feel like in many ways it’s a return to my roots of introspective, mellow, instrumental electronic music, a “home listening” record instead of a club or dance record. I’ve always tried to not pay attention to trends in electronic music and just make what I like, and this record is the result of going strongly in that direction – I’m making music for myself, and am inspired way more by older music than current trends in electronic music or the latest production techniques. My aim is to make music that stands the test of time.
‘Presidio‘ is very organic – I used a lot of real instruments throughout: rhodes, guitar, bass, melodica, and more. Not many overdubs were used: I was after a loose, human, unquantized feel in much of it. However, I still use a lot of synthesizers and drum machines – I love the contrast between perfectly timed electronic sequences and loose, human, even “sloppy” timing.
About 2 years ago I moved to a remote, forested part of San Francisco – the Presidio, and the isolation of living in the forest next to the Pacific Ocean strongly influenced my approach to recording. My home studio is near the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge, and is surrounded by miles of trails and foggy eucalyptus groves. At night I hear foghorns, owls, and coyotes. I think living in a place like this has made me more introspective, more creative, and more willing to take my music in directions that are very personal.
Fog is a regular fixture in San Francisco, but it’s especially omnipresent the closer you get to the ocean. Fog and reverb are closely related in my mind – I like creating dense washes of sound in my music, where all of the elements bleed together into a beautiful gaussian blur of sound.
"Lush! So happy to hear more from Deceptikon. Will be getting much play."
DAEDELUS | BRAINFEEDER, US
"From Time From Time, a beautiful, guitar-lead outing that will perfectly soundstrack the summer months ahead."
LUKE CHEADLE | XLR8R, US
"One of the best from Mooncircle this year. Really hard to pick a favorite track. Thanks for the great Music."
ROMAN SCHILHART | FM4, AT
"Great new project from Deceptikon, feeling the new wave throwback of 1878."
JAY SCARLETT | PULS/BR, GER
released July 7, 2015
Produced, written, and performed by Zack Wright in San Francisco, CA. Mastered by Sven Friederichs. A&R: G. Gieseking, J. Dowler & M. Tarnow. Photography by Lucas Saugen. Layout & Typography by G. Gieseking.
Super late to the party (as usual) on this release. This is a fantastic album. There’s not much more that can be said about it other than it is really a beautiful album that captures that feeling of being simultaneously surrounded by people in a city yet feeling more isolated than ever. Truly captures both the beauty and the sorrow of the strange dystopian times we find ourselves in. Evergreen