Electronic music fiesta featuring the multi-media multi-talents of many! Behind the scenes of the Olympia underground lurks a talent heard but rarely seen. Paul Schuster has left his mark on many fine projects. He has recorded with Some Velvet Sidewalk, Jason Traeger, KG and his own band P.E.Z.; produced the Spells and Julie Ruin and toured with Miranda July. Internal/External is Paul’s latest creative outlet. Featuring... began as a recording project in 1997 while Paul was experimenting with electronic music. After fleshing out the songs, he invited a slew of local folks to add their own touch. To wit: Angie Hart, Joseph DeRouselle, Kanako Wynkoop, Kathleen Hanna, Lois Maffeo, Justin Trosper, Al Larsen & Carrie Brownstein, Calvin Johnson, Slim Moon & K.O., Rachel Carns, all contribute vocals or instruments to Paul’s foundation. Masterful drum 'n bass/pop/noise/r'n b crossover, genre-blending with leisure.
Internal/External: Inside Out
After their debut recording Featuring?, Internal/External’s introductory techno/electronica hybrid, Paul Schuster (Internal/External’s master of ceremonies) donned his lab coat, sequestered himself in the studio and went to work developing a new I/E sound. Schuster sought to cement the project by recruiting a second member for vocal and instrumental duties, the muti-talented Rebecca Pearcy. “Inside Outside” launches this approach with a blast of stun-tone synths, alien bass and drum loops joined halfway through by a back beat of double piano, for a pillowy electro-psychedelic Sunday drive. The Internal/External experience shifts to a slow jam hover as Rebecca Pearcy (Olympia’s Minister of Folk and Queen Bee Creations’ master crafter) spreads a silken iceburn over “Anchordown” (a reprise of “Hope”, originally glazed sultry ?n’ sexy by the inimitable Lois Maffeo on the Featuring? album). “Weedhead” sparks one up with a trippy vinyl sample spliced over vintage organ and classic funky drum loops, “Sweetness” is a lovely slice of exploratory electro-pop; Instrumental versions of “Anchordown” and “Sweetness” provide ample material for the DJs and home MCs.