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Junk Culture is a new project by Deepak Mantena, who was recently signed to Illegal Art. The first Junk Culture EP, ““West Coast,” was released on October 27, 2009. On “West Coast,” Deepak’s samples are all run through a handheld recorder that gives his constructions a gritty lo-fi loop-based sound, mixing fractured vocals, pop hooks, and an overall euphoric warmth. Described by press as “sound tapestries” somewhere between “ambient, dance mash-up, and glitchy electronica” (Todd Olmstead), “West Coast” is a manifesto of energetic raw sound that transcends rigid genres.

Born in Idaho in the mid-80’s shortly after his family immigrated from India, Deepak grew up in several locations ranging from Texas to Michigan, and ultimately he enrolled at the University of Mississippi. He recently relocated to Portland to pursue graduate studies, and while his sound collecting process is removed from the computer, his research focuses on interface design.
In discussing his artistic direction, Deepak elaborated in a recent interview: “I got really bored playing , because it seemed as though the sounds I made were like the sounds everyone else was making. I’m always capturing field recordings, or samples of songs I really like, or samples of me playing instruments on this cheap pocket recorder. I started to get a little more excited about making music again, because the sounds I was capturing seemed really fresh to my ears.” “West Coast” embodies those “fresh” sounds, and employs them for what Mantena describes as “a love letter to outer space — it gets desperate and schizophrenic as the record plays out, but is a sort of celebration of spirit as a whole.”


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