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Emily Yacina - Week 1


Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite creatives.

This week, the NY-based artist Emily Yacina shows us her watercolors.

When I was younger, I used to draw and paint a lot. My sister is an artist, and in high school she always had materials around that I would borrow. I was never too serious about it—I felt more comfortable recording songs. This fall, I was away from home for the first time. I can’t record consistently when I’m in school because it’s hard to find the space, so I figured I could channel some of that energy into painting, which seemed more mobile.

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I started painting in my free time, and I would get frustrated trying to paint realistic things like faces or flowers so I gravitated toward painting just patches of color. There’s something really charming about focusing on one color, and then watching it bleed into something else. After the paint dries, I outline each shape so I can document the movement that happened on the page. When they’re finished, they look like little maps or bacteria under a microscope.

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I start out with one patch in the middle of the page. I’m attracted to blues and purples and reds. I like the way those colors look in puddles.

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Then, I like to drip a contrasting color into the patch and watch the way it moves and swirls inside of the puddle.

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I add more and more patches. I like to play around with different color combinations. I’ll outline a shape and watch the color seep into the edges.

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I fill the whole page with different colors. I add layers of light and dark until it’s crammed. I only took one art class years ago, so I’m not really sure what I’m doing in terms of using watercolors correctly.

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After the colors dry, I use a black marker to outline each shape I see. This part feels very mechanical.

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When it’s finished, it either stays in my sketchbook forever or I give it to someone. I’ve made a ton this year, probably because I haven’t been able to record as easily. When I do record, my favorite part is layering the different sounds. When I paint, I like to layer different colors and shapes. It feels good to see tiny parts make up a whole.

Check out our recent Photo Essay ft. Emily Yacina here.

Artist Mix

Indian Wells


Artist Mixes are an ongoing series of mixtapes curated by some of our favorite musicians.

This week, the Italian producer Indian Wells shares an assortment of his favorite downtempo and ambient tracks from Europe.


[00:00] • Edisonnoside – “Lost”
[03:40] • LIES ft. Godblesscomputers – “Untitled”
[07:12] • Populous – “Dead Sea”
[11:05] • Kiasmos – “Dragged”
[16:00] • Oaktree ft. Avondlicht – “I Still Feel”
[19:24] • Tim Hecker – “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron”

Indian Wells’ new album, Pause, is out now via Bad Panda Records.

Photo Essay

Portals SXSW 2015


Portals SXSW 2015 / Austin, TX – Photos by Daniel Dorsa


Nadia - Week 2


Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite creatives.

This week, the Brooklyn-based artist Nadia (member of Phantom Posse) shares another experimental video highlighting the events of her day on March 11th, 2015.

Check out her first entry here.

Artist Mix

Mount Bank


Artist Mixes are an ongoing series of mixtapes curated by some of our favorite musicians.

This week, the Brighton-based producer Mount Bank shares a selection of his current favorites.


[00:00] • Deaf Center – “Lobby”
[02:49] • Emeralds – “Candy Shoppe”
[07:23] • Tim Hecker – “Black Refraction”
[10:20] • Hammock – “I Can Almost See You”
[14:28] • Mount Bank – “Everything Is Glass”
[16:51] • The Range – “Everything But”
[20:39] • Björk – “Virus” (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
[24:48] • Eva Bowan – “Looking Down On Earth”
[27:21] • Oneohtrix Point Never – “Chrome Country”

Read our reflection of Mount Bank’s debut EP here.