|1||In The Frame|
This is the record that we always wanted to release, a pure shoegaze album!
Something we dreamed about for a while now and it finally happened.
Besides the obvious shoegaze pillars which are My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, we are influenced by Beach House, Lilys, LSD and the Search of God, DIIV, Ninth Paradise and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Also by some more blackgazey acts such as Alcest, Les Discrets and Deafheaven.
The whole album was recorded, mixed and produced by Omar Chouikha in our home studio.
Retrieval are Omar Chouikha and Tima Savchenko two young Tunisian musicians.
We got to know each other in 2011 while we were still in middle school because of our similar music taste. After a while we decided to start learning how to play guitar and got into some local cover bands while we were beginning to write our own original material on the side.
We quickly got bored of playing covers and so we started Retrieval in the summer of 2014.
There were many line up changes in the beginning but basically it was Tima's and my project.
We got some basic recording material and then recorded and self released our first album 'Late River' in December 2015.
We were and still are heavily into shoegaze and dream pop but felt like we still couldn't achieve that sound at that time, and so our first album was a more straight forward indie rock album.
After the release we played live shows in our hometown of Sousse, Tunisia, but the venues really discouraged playing original songs because they favor cover bands who play popular songs.
So we stopped doing shows altogether and shrunk our band line up to its core, which is Tima and I, so we can focus as a studio project.