Deities In Decline /  Los Angeles, CA Swahili Blonde
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Deities In Decline

Swahili Blonde
Los Angeles, CA

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Swahili Blonde: "This is me, this is what I'm capable of and it's enough as is" — 07/25/2015

Earlier this week Nicole and I got a chance to chat and she told me all about the latest incarnation of Swahili Blonde (among other things).

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Deities In Decline /  Los Angeles, CA Swahili Blonde

“I feel like I’m finally comfortable in my own skin—warts and all,” Nicole Turley confesses. “There's a grace and ease to self-acceptance that's really nice.”

This state of balance in being had a crucial effect upon the 34 year old musician’s process in making Deities in Decline, her newest EP as Swahili Blonde. Founded as Turley’s solo project in 2009, Swahili Blonde has always involved a varied and multi-talented collective of musical contributors across its releases—including guitarist John Frusciante, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, Devo drummer Alan Myers, as well as Los Angeles scene staples Brad Caulkins (Fool’s Gold), Laena Geronimo (Feels, The Like, Raw Geronimo), and Dante White Aliano (Dante vs. Zombies). This particular release, Turley sees as being her first true solo venture. Although she produces and engineers all Swahili Blonde albums in her Los Angeles studio, this marks the first time she has performed everything herself, alongside the string stylings of Laena Geronimo.

Across the EP’s four tracks, Turley examines the concept of unrealistically idolizing the people in our lives we love most. “Whether they love us or hurt us, they become our gods,” she explains. “We build these beautiful temples for them, but because of the delusional energy, it must all come crashing down. For our own good.” On lead track “With Love and a Bullet,” Turley begins to tear down the pedestal, challenging the audience, as well as herself: “Why is it so hard?” she asks interrogatively, over electronic beats, dubby bass lines, and the luscious loops of Geronimo’s violin. “Why is it never enough?” Experimental pop with an emotional home, Deities in Decline is Turley seizing power through self-realization. “The tarot Tower card was a big inspiration. It's a decline of delusional power and the harm it causes us and the ones we love,” she notes. The EP also delves into familial themes on “Discover Aurora,” a song of hope Turley wrote for her goddaughter, in-which she inspires Aurora to “find her tribe of people, be fearless, and have the courage to be herself.”

Deities in Decline will be released July 21, 2015 on Turley’s own label Neurotic Yell Records.
A follow up Swahili Blonde LP is to be expected late 2015.

Laena Geronimo

violin

Nicole Turley

vocals, drum machine, bass, guitar, synths

Nicole Turley

Written & Recorded in Los Angeles 2012

Nicole Turley

Mixed & Mastered in Los Angeles 2015
Jul 25, 2015

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Swahili Blonde: "This is me, this is what I'm capable of and it's enough as is"

Earlier this week Nicole and I got a chance to chat and she told me all about the latest incarnation of Swahili Blonde (among other things).

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Jul 24, 2015

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Swahili Blonde "Deities In Decline" EP (Review)

Turley on this EP takes a look at the unrealistic idealization of people in our lives, and the delusional temples that we build for them. A concept that is hard to swallow, but of course backed by music that is fun and joyful.

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Jul 20, 2015

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Swahili Blonde goes solo, questions her idols on Deities In Decline EP

Swahili Blonde is the nom de plume of one Nicole Turley, L.A. resident, label owner, philosophically bent musician and wordsmith, and recording engineer...

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Jul 14, 2015

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Listen To Swahili Blonde's Eclectic Swirl 'Magdalene'

The results, as evident on EP cut 'Magdalene', come with a manic shade of Arthur Russell-level eclecticism, mixing world elements and minimalist electronic pulse to Turley's engaging soft vocals.

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Jun 26, 2015

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Notes From Left of The Dial: Swahili Blonde "Discover Aurora"

She creates a fascinating mélange of noise that'll perk your ears up even as your legs start to move.

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Jun 24, 2015

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Sweeping The Nation: Swahili Blonde - Discover Aurora

...it plants its flag initially in the world of early 80s processed electro-disco while wandering around picking up weeping strings, plaintive piano, occasional surging guitars and Afrobeat rhythms...

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Jun 19, 2015

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Swahili Blonde- Discover Aurora

"Featuring a mix of electronic and afrobeat influences, it’s art pop that remains grounded without becoming lost in pretension." - Pop Matters

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Jun 19, 2015

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Swahili Blonde "Discover Aurora"

The track is a mystic dance number spiraling together a dust-storm of vintage drum machine beats, tremolo-laden tones, fuzz bass and hypnotic vocal melodies.

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Jun 16, 2015

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Swahili Blonde Announces New EP 'Deities In Decline'

The detail and passion produced on Deities in Decline is one of the most unique sounds you’ll hear in rock all year, retaining an outsider edge while glued to the basic formulas of abstract and traditional rhythms and melody.

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