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Nostalghia Listened to Their Album While on 'Shrooms and Thought They Were Going to Die

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Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

  • Ciscandra Nostalghia
Iranian singer Ciscandra Nostalghia doesn't like to talk about where she's from. "It's a personal thing for me. I moved from my mother's womb to Earth and ended up in a couple of places. Now I'm here for a short while," she says.

It made sense, then, that a year and a half ago, she posted a request on Craigslist demanding a legitimate, "magical" musical collaborator who wouldn't waste her time. That very night, multi-instrumentalist Roy Gnan drunkenly Googled "vocalist available Los Angeles." He found Nostalghia's ad and, although she had included neither music nor photos, immediately emailed her.

Sitting in their no-frills North Hollywood studio recently, Gnan says he has no idea why he responded to her post. "He likes bitches," Nostalghia says, giggling.

Four days after he sent the reply, Nostalghia messaged him some music. "As soon as it started playing, the hair stood up on my neck and arms," he says. My first thought was: 'Don't fuck this up!' "

They formed Nostalghia and for their first album, I Am Robot, Hear Me Glitch, set up shop in Gnan's bathroom, where they recorded all their vocals and most instrumentation. She sang in the bathtub, in the sink, even into the toilet. Grammy-winning producer Dave Way, who worked with Fiona Apple and Michael Jackson, was at the helm.

"I like the grittiness of singing in a hot and smelly bathroom. It beats singing in a primo, chichi, froufrou studio," Nostalghia explains. Not that she pays much attention to what other musicians do. "You know, I've only been to three concerts and I've walked out midway through all of them," she says.

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