There Is Ice; It Is Blue

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Aria C. Jalali and his friends, who accompany him on his European tour, are having a late breakfast, when we meet them the morning after the Vienna show. Railcars is the solo work of San Francisco-based Jalali, who tends to involve friends for live performances. With electric guitar and various gadgets as loop pedals, drum boxes, feedback loops, noise pedals, synths, and an old Nintendo console Railcars create an uplifting air in an abrasively rattling and chattering universe. Out of a vociferous setting, Aria gets to tear the subtlest notes. So stepping out in the courtyard of their Vienna accommodation, the young musician performs the atrabilious and inspiring song “There is ice; it is blue” in an environment with rundown charm. The old lady that has been grumbling from her window, the boy with a smile passing over his face when he crosses the scenery, they are finally all absorbed into a haunting and lasting sound impression.


  • Posted: February 23, 2010
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner