Artwork: Josiah Schlater and Bianca Busante
Digital Release Date: August 5, 2014
Ladada is Virginia Beach native Josiah Schlater. After years of recording and touring in other bands (MAE, We Are Trees, Jake Clemons), Schlater has now settled into a lively, sun-drenched sound of his own. Taking inspiraton from early Motown and 60's garage rock, he squeezed a drum kit, a couple guitars, a 4-track, and a netbook into a small storage unit and began recording what became Ladada. Close to being finished, he brought the tracks over to Whalehead studios where he mixed them with his friend John Anderson, and subsequently over to Mark Padgett (MAE/engineer for We Are Trees) for final touches and a beautifully refreshing mastering job.
Ladada, pronounced "luh-DAH-duh," is both onomatopoetica and a reference to the avante-garde art movement of the early 20th century. "Like someone's referencing it in Spanish," says Schlater. "Si, la Dada." He continues on, "The original idea was to record the randomest of everyday sounds and incorporate them into a groove that steadily evolves into newer grooves. Eggs sizzling, water dripping, clothes spinning, etc. with a variety of real instruments (drums, bass, etc) surrounding it to create a smooth, loungy, yet outrageous sound.
01. Ladada - Coming Alive
02. Ladada - Comets
03. Ladada - Give It Back
04. Ladada - Oh The Weather
05. Ladada - Coin Toss
06. Ladada - Car In The Sky
07. Ladada - Harmony
"Though its title summons images of heat and speed, “Comets,” from the forthcoming debut EP by Ladada, feels more like a blissful trip down a calm, winding river. Josiah Schlater’s voice rests high up in the ether, his falsetto soft and cottony, and the song’s gorgeous, languid melody recalls the Apples in Stereo at their most relaxed. The lyrics echo the music’s ease, praising the comet’s freedom compared to the motionlessness of the stars that surround it. Even when darkness begins to creep in near the song’s end — the vastness of space compared to a life without love — Schlater sounds peaceful and optimistic."
- Wondering Sound