Wampire “Orchards”

Daniel Portrait
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May 30, 2013


Polyvinyl Records’ all-stars Wampire have been steadily making a name for themselves in the same Portland, Oregon music scene that has produced Polyvinyl label-mates STRFKR as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra. From their newest album Curiosity, HIP Video Promo presents Wampire’s eclectic and innovative clip “Orchards.”

Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps are the masterminds behind the creation of Wampire, and after the duo opened for STRFKR at a hometown Portland show, they gained the attention of Polyvinyl Records. Coincidentally, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s bassist Jacob Portrait produced Wampire’s debut full-length, Curiosity. In mid-August of last year, Tinder and Phipps, each bringing fragments of song ideas into the studio, began recording and collaborating with Portrait. At times, the recordings on Curiosity were improvised on the spot, making this album all the more creative.

The album’s diverse combination of sounds aided Wampire in the creation of its title, Curiosity. Packed with unique rhythms that are a blend of classic Motown songs and contemporary rock that can sometimes be compared to The Strokes, Wampire is a coming of age duo that masterly creates timeless, yet contemporary tracks that can be categorized through a multitude of genres. The track “Orchards” has been described as having “an infectiously breezy melody on the strength of vocal harmonizing, tuneful whistling, and undulating guitar lines,” and Polyvinyl Records introduces its video clip just to show you how infectious Wampire’s music really is.

Tinder and Phipps take us on a long distance journey in “Orchards.” Directed by Daniel Portrait, the duo moves through scenes of imaginative life on the road, living in a car, and coming in contact with a one eyed monster that reluctantly joins the duo. Scenes are reminiscent of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, yet capture its own unique vibe of eccentricity and innovation. The melodies of the tune fall hand in hand with the scenes of the clip; all in all, “Orchards” transcends contemporary music as it echoes timeless songs of the past, yet captures modern elements of contemporary music.

If you liked “Orchards,” Wampire’s debut full-length Curiosity is available for purchase on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more! For more information on this exciting new band, please contact Andy Gesner and the HIP Video Promo staff at (732)-613-1779 or email us at info@HIPVideoPromo.com . You can also visit www.PolyvinylRecords.com or www.WampireMusic.com for more info on Wampire.

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