Maybe this crosses the line from obsessive fan to stalker, but what exists in the bowels of Soundcloud can only remain dormant for so long until someone like me discovers it. I suppose that’s pretty close to the “she asked for it” defense [Ed. - Did I really publish that?]. And now tiny shovels throughout the world are making a heave ho motion towards the earth just to show how far of a hole I’m digging for myself, so let’s just begin:
Nicole Miglis and Trayer Tryon, singer and multi-instrumentalists for Hundred Waters, have a diminutive Soundcloud page with a pair of solo tracks from some sort of split non-release. Tryon’s track is a twisting, electronic, earthy song called “Amanogawa” that wouldn’t be too far placed from a Four Tet LP (trying not to use the word folktronica here but it’s pretty apt), while the 100W frontwoman’s is a stunning albeit brief near-a-capella that floats in and out of the stratosphere the way many Hundred Waters tracks do.
For casual fans, it’s a lovely track either way you look at it. But for the obsessives like me, you get a really good sense of the collaborative nature of Hundred Waters’ music. Five immensely talented kids smashing their heads together to see what rich, creative mush falls out. <3
Interactive music videos should really be the standard, especially if the folks at fourclops have anything to say about it. They’ve done remarkable work in the past, particularly with MNDR’s “Club”, and today they’ve released their latest “social music video” for TV Girl’s “Girl’s Like Me”.
The video is a social collaboration featuring stills from TV Girl friends’ and fans’ Skype calls and, when you connect your Facebook profile, it’ll invite you into the video as well. If you’re confused and intrigued, head over to www.tvgirlslikeme.com to being the show.
Shameless plug alert:
The clip prominently features the 7″ record we put out with TV Girl last year on Small Plates (some of which I’m sure were destroyed in the making of the video). The very few that weren’t irreparably damaged are available from Small Plates webstore, so get ‘em while they’re hot before you’ve got to shell out $50 for one on Discogs.
This weekend I’m heading to Kansas City for the first time to catch Middle of the Map Fest and couldn’t be more excited. Aside from seeing great acts like Grizzly Bear and Iceage, I’m really stoked to see young outfit Cowboy Indian Bear for the first time. You might remember them from a track I highlighted in January, if not then it’s time to familiarize yourself. I’ve been spinning their debut LP all morning long and it’s a solid gem, with a lot of texture, depth, and melodies. They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite new bands and have a haunting eeriness to their sound similar to The Antlers. Check out the live video below for new track “The Hunter and the Hunted”. More to come from this band very soon.