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Brooklyn-based indie-pop outfit Bodies Be Rivers and dreamy, elegiac pianist/singer Lacrymosa have teamed up on a brand new collaborative split 7” titled ‘Light Falls’. For the project, each band contributed original material and then chose to perform on each other’s tracks, resulting in a sonically cohesive work.
While conceiving this project, both bands drew inspiration from a passage in Annie Dillard’s nonfiction book, ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’: “… a great deal of light falls on everything. If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light.” As a record, the subject matter explores the symbolic nature of light. Both artists explore light’s vitality in illuminating truth while also acknowledging the painfully harsh reality it can create when directly shining on a situation.
Gold Robot Records will release ‘Light Falls’ on August 26, and in celebration of its release, Bodies Be Rivers and Lacrymosa will play a collaborative set at Manhattan Inn, on August 29, featuring songs from the 7″ and more. In addition to the vinyl release, a digital EP with two bonus recordings will be available on the same date.
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Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic, Joan As Policewoman, Okkervil River), Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic, Pokey LaFarge), and Jeremy Gustin (Albert Hammond Jr., Delicate Steve) combine as Baby States to explore, re-imagine, and de’rrange a repertoire of old-time Appalachian fiddle tunes and murder ballads.
The band takes elements central to old-time music — pre-modern, bittersweet modal harmonies and crooked phrases — and extrapolates new sounds. Fiddle tunes are transplanted to bari sax and clawhammer banjo patterns to a buzzy, fingerpicked electric guitar.
The result is a strangely familiar sounding blend of West African guitar riffs, Uncle Dave Macon, and Nirvana.
Bodies Be Rivers
Formed in 2014, Brooklyn-based indie pop outfit Bodies Be Rivers originated in the living room of Lauren Smith and Thomas Stephanos. Thomas, an avid guitar player, and Lauren, a prolific songwriter, stumbled upon a sonic world that felt like home. They have been writing together ever since.
As the songs grew, so did the band. Today, Bodies Be Rivers is comprised of Thomas Stephanos (guitar), Lauren Smith (vox & keys), Summer Stephanos (vox), Jason Lawrence (drums), and Matt Moon (bass).
Bodies Be Rivers’ sound, described by Consequence of Sound as “intoxicating and haunting,” is intimate yet fiercely bellowing, giving way to a shape-shifting soundscape. From tranquil streams to thunderous rapids, lilting vocals erupt in melody over a palette of gently mournful, trilling electric guitars. Bodies Be Rivers’ self-titled debut EP is out now.
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Lacrymosa is Caitlin Pasko — weaver of dreamy elegiac music for voice and piano. Musically her songs drift and float like the work of Satie or Debussy. Lyrically they’re clear, simple meditations on tenderness and heartbreak. Pasko’s style is built on this tension: between the looseness of the Impressionists and the simplicity of modern songwriters. There is something of Bjork’s ‘Vulnicura’ here, of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie and Lowell’, and of Angel Olsen’s intimate minimalism.