DOUBLE EP OUT NOW! Out on VINYL early June 2017!
The Berlin Stories/The Book of Daniel comprises two separate concept EPs released as the two sides of a vinyl record. The Berlin Stories is a 5 song collaboration with Berlin producer duo hoodz- each song is a chapter about a novella about a woman leaving her lover and moving across town to start a new life on the other side of Berlin, set against the evocative and bass heavy soundscapes of hoodz. While we finally managed to meet in May 2016 whilst on tour, The Berlin Stories was the result of an e-mail correspondence. Some people send love letters to strangers on the internet- but I send them songs.
The Book of Daniel is a series of songs, largely written while on tour, both for and about my current partner, Daniel- started while lying sick in a stranger’s spare bedroom in Berlin, recording demos on my iphone over a beat from France. This EP includes producers from Mexico City, Portland, OR, southern France, and Montreal. All the sadness and doubts I had about my relationship with Daniel went into these songs and thus they stand alone. The next album will be completely different both sonically and thematically.
This is the sixth full-length album from The Sexbots and the first vinyl release. The Kickstarter campaign that funded it involved handmade panties sold to a man in Germany and “magical objects” that included a stuffed baby Jesus that was presented to Ilima at a show.
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The Sexbots are Ilima Considine- who sets her inimitable vocals against electronic soundscapes from around the world. During a band breakup, Considine was approached by several beatmakers who wanted a vocalist without the commitment of a band. The Sexbots brings to life a series of e-mail collaborations, carefully curated and art-directed by Considine- who performs alone. Surprisingly, the unknown band with no label, no management, and before the first show was even played outside Portland -managed to chart on CMJ with their first album. Since then, Considine has toured and released a no-budget music video for every song- entire albums can be listened to on youtube, accompanied by images of the bespectacled singer falling out of trees, dancing naked, or being repeatedly killed by her children’s stuffed tigers(the children can often be seen frolicking in the background). Along with an undefinable and shifting accent, Considine’s appearance is largely ambiguous- often androgynous, ethnically unclear(Irish-Chinese), with big eyes/tiny stature/theatrical gestures making it unclear how old or how serious she is about anything. She is entirely serious about the emotional inner world she charts- of a woman vacillating between love and sex, between need and regret. With a stage presence verging on performance art, Considine has received grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Regret, jealousy, and desire are recurring themes. The music has always incorporated spoken word, weird samples, and the odd song structures of a classically trained violinist turned indie vocalist- unabashedly art pop with the heavy nostalgia that children of the 80’s have for smashed and deconstructed Nintendo sounds, primitive synths, cassettes, and shitty mics. Their third album "Junk Sick" was funded by a Kickstarter campaign whose rewards included "inappropriately long hugs".
I'm a trans-disciplinary artist based in Portland, OR. I'm the leader of a band called The Sexbots, I direct music videos, I write neoclassical soundtracks, and I can sometimes be found doing performance art and occasional art modeling/acting. I am available for session work on violin and cello.
Yes, I want to work on your soundtrack! I'm the mother of 2 kids. There are babies to feed, but I'm the queen of nanobudget productions, please send me your ideas and proposals. I am always seeking new collaborators.
I can be directly reached at email@example.com
"an intellectual, quirky genius who is exploring sexuality from the other side of awareness"- Hal Harrison
"I like it when you play violin. It looks like you're having sex... with yourself." -Marston Hall