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Watch The Sufis - “Sri Sai Flora” (video)

By: Corey Tate
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July 10, 2012

The Sufis video for the song “Sri Sai Flora,” off their self-titled album, out now on Ample Play Records. A band known for experimental and psychedelic tendencies, The Sufis take to doing things the way that most bands don't, and that's good for all of us. From their use of analog recording equipment and homemade effects to experiments in playing live with putting speakers in all four corners of a room, The Sufis know how to do it up right: do it differently than what everyone else is doing. The “Sri Sai Flora” video even is an exercise in looping vintage-style footage. You'll find Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd and psychedelic Beatles influences here, as well as The Elephant 6 Collective.

"We’ve hung out with the guys from E6 a bunch. Julian Koster, he played in Neutral Milk Hotel and he has the band Music Tapes, he played in the Olivia Tremor Control too. He was the kind of the guy who said, ‘You should get this kind of tape machine, you need to learn how compressors work.’ When we were like 17 or 18 those guys really inspired us. Me and Evan…we went down to Athens to hang out for a weekend and the guys just kind of took us under their wing and showed us some stuff, and we just got inspired and did our own thing. Julian told us, ‘This is how you make these sounds.’ None of our music is made from computers, we have tape machines, and it’s really hard to work with it…it’s a really strange way to make music,” said front man Calvin Laporte when speaking to Ourstage.com.

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