Bay Area native and multi-instrumentalist Dario Slavazza has spent years working in biotech, and his music reflects both his professional background and that of the eclectic music scene of his home base. Slavazza crafts his own blend of dream pop and chilled out electronic music, drawing influences from contemporaries like Toro y Moi, Tune-Yards, James Blake, and LA’s Rhye. That being said, Slavazza’s sound is entirely his own. On April 21st he’ll release his sophomore EP TRSR ISL (Treasure Island), a collection of tunes that draw both inspiration and title from the iconic man-made island situated between Oakland and San Francisco.
TRSR ISL is the second of three EPs expected from Slavazza in the next year’s time, and the follow up to 2016’s Guilty Steps. The the songs contained on TRSR ISL are about that feeling of being isolated in the midst of constant activity. Inspired by straddling the tech of San Francisco and the earthy scrappiness of Oakland and the East Bay, he’s crafted this collection of songs with California always in mind. The series of snapshots that make up each story are strung together with soulful, swooning ebbs amidst marching high-energy rhythmic flows.
Today Glide Magazine is premiering one of those songs. “Work Out” is a slow burning, atmospheric meditation on life, complete with a hypnotic instrumental breakdown.
Reflecting on the origins of the song, Slavazza says, “Things don’t always look good on paper, when you look at the numbers. The person you love is actually a really horrible partner or that apartment in the best part of the city is your whole paycheck. But that doesn’t mean you want it any less. It can be a lover, or trying to live in the Bay Area these days. There’s often a duality to things and that’s what the song is trying to convey.”
Dario Slavazza releases TRSR ISL on April 21st. He’ll play on album release show in Oakland, CA at Tiny Telephone on April 21st. For more music and info visit his Facebook page.
Top photo: Pat Mazzera