Back to All Events

Complicated Animals

  • Underground Exchange Ojai 1016 West Ojai Avenue Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)

Join us Friday, May 25th for an evening of "Indie Nova" (a blending of vintage-inspired Brazilian Bossa Nova, with Folk, Indie Pop, and Acoustic) with the husband/wife duo, Complicated Animals, the LA based duo of Monica da Silva and Chad Alger. Their 6-song EP “In This Game” (2015), was written and recorded in a cabin in the woods in Michigan. “In This Game” received rave reviews from blogs and journalists, and was called “a 6 song masterpiece” and the “beginning of a new sound” by PopMatters.  
Inspired by the changing seasons, and their mutual love for vintage films and music, da Silva and Alger really wanted to get back to the art of songwriting on “In This Game”. “We really wanted the songs to unfold like a story would”, says Alger. They took their time to carefully choose each and every sound that has gone into their collaboration, making sure that the songs evolve like the seasons.
The first single “Phoenix” is a hypnotic, upbeat indie pop song with vamping piano, a strong beat, and sexy vocals. "I woke up with the idea for 'Phoenix' in my head. I've always felt very drawn to the story of the Phoenix, because it is such a strong symbol of rebirth. We weren't sure how we were going to produce this at first, but after playing around with some piano sounds, Chad came up with the idea to do something grainy and repetitive, almost like a sampled hip-hop track," says da Silva. 
This beautiful joining of musical influences begins at 7:30, and there is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

RSVP here

Earlier Event: May 24
Sound Bath with Joshua Stoddard
Later Event: May 26
Freud's Oracle