OWSLA / !K7
November 21, 2014
These days, far too few bands are unclassifiable; even fewer are irresistible. Hundred Waters is both — a rare thing indeed. Since the release of Hundred Waters, the 2012 debut album, the Florida band has confounded and delighted listeners and tastemakers alike with atmospheric, ethereal, challenging, and spooky-beautiful music that feels as if it has no direct antecedent. True, Hundred Waters’ songs do have the elusiveness of Bjork’s work, the quiet restlessness of Another Green World-era Brian Eno, the effortless soul of How To Dress Well, and the searching quality of Joni Mitchell’s experimental late-’70s projects. But one spin of The Moon Rang Like A Bell ought to be enough to convince anybody of the inadequacy of those comparisons. This is a group that follows a singular path, and one that earned its Best New Music designation in Pitchfork through its unwavering commitment to imagination.
Now the band has a video that matches both the ambition and the immersive quality of its music. “Out Alee,” directed by filmmaker Michael Langan, is as gorgeous as a glossy magazine spread — but it’s also the farthest thing from safe or predictable. (The group has worked with Langan before: he was the visionary behind the surreal clip for “Cavity,” another intoxicating track from Moon.) Strangeness radiates from every frame in the video: we’re shown hands on a ouija board planchette, blurred maps, upside-down seas, floating bodies, dancers on a distant island in too-bright sunlight. Frontwoman Nicole Miglis sits, still and barefoot in a blue dress, on a sofa in a house where all pieces of furniture are covered in white sheets. Images tease and provoke; scenes hang, unresolved, like tantalizing open questions. This is a clip that calls the viewer back, again and again, to discover something new.
The same can be said of The Moon Rang Like A Bell, an album that’s very easy to get lost in. “Out Alee,” a highlight of the set, is decorated with synthesizers, skittering beats, treated piano, and Miglis’ alluring voice, pitched somewhere between a whisper and a purr. The song slips forward like a dream, and like all the tracks on Moon, it feels buoyed by its own improbable, supernatural momentum. And unlike other bands who’ve mastered the expressive possibilities of the studio, Hundred Waters is a terrific live act, too. They’re currently touring in support of Interpol, enchanting audiences all over North America. So here’s an invitation: fall under the spell, if you haven’t already.
We are incredibly excited to be working with this group that oozes creativity and innovation. It is our sincere hope that you fall as deeply in love with this group as we have and we are here to do whatever it takes to make that happen! Please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at [email protected] . You can also visit www.Hundred-Waters.com/ for more info on Hundred Waters.
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