|Hundred Waters — The Moon Rang Like a Bell (2014)|
Hundred Waters — The Moon Rang Like a Bell
♦♦ The first indie pop band signed to Skrillex's label, Hundred Waters are a quartet from Gainesville, Florida, that softly combines organic and electronic tones.
♦♦ “True song craft and musicianship is at work within Hundred Waters, and that warrants some serious attention.” — Pitchfork
Formed: 2011 in Gainesville, FL
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Album release: May 27th, 2014
Record Label: OWSLA
01. Show Me Love 1:16
02. Murmurs 3:30
03. Cavity 3:18
04. Out Alee 4:32
05. Innocent 4:39
06. Broken Blue 4:23
07. Chambers (Passing Train) 4:44
08. Down From the Rafters 4:28
09. [Animal] 3:47
10. Seven White Horses 4:22
11. XTalk 3:50
12. No Sound 6:02
• Vinyl 12" has a 12 page booklet with the lyrics to all of the songs
•• Nicole Miglis — vocals, keys, flute
•• Trayer Tryon — electronics, guitars
•• Paul Giese — electronics, guitars
•• Zach Tetreault — electronics, guitars
Artist Biography by David Jeffries:
♦ Sounding as if Stereolab, the Postal Service, Broadcast, Laura Nyro, and Björk were the top five of their collective playlist, Hundred Waters are a quartet from Gainesville, Florida whose soft combination of organic and electronic attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, superstar DJ Skrillex. Members Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Allen Scott played together in various formations as friends back in middle school, but it took until adulthood and 2011 for them to become Hundred Waters. Living together in one house meant the band had a communal mentality, yet over time, a unique technique of the five members recording and composing on their own was developed, and soon jam sessions evolved into individuals working on the same songs but alone, in different rooms. The group felt that greater care was being put into the work and the results displayed it. The best results were released by the Elestial label in 2012 as the band’s self-titled debut album. Skrillex caught wind of the release and signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year. AraabMuzik, Star Slinger, and Troublemaker were some of the remixers who contributed to their first OWSLA release, the 2012 EP Thistle.
♦ Tryon has said that the name Hundred Waters is an ode to European painter, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser’s life and works greatly affected the way the group approaches music and art, believing that listeners should provide their own interpretations of each.
♦ Overall, the group's musical influences range widely from 60's British art-rock, to Norwegian jazz group, Jaga Jazzist and pianist, Arthur Rubinstein. Hundred Waters own music has been compared to artists including: Björk, Four Tet, Braids, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors. Other influences the band has shared include Steve Reich, Radiohead, Mars Volta, and Joni Mitchell. Though in a 2012 feature The Guardian remarked, “We would struggle with where to position it in a record store, and we imagine you might too.”
By Josiah Hughes
♦ Best known as the only non-EDM act signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint, lightly experimental indie pop act Hundred Waters emerged with their self-titled full-length in 2012. Now, two years later, they’ve release a proper follow-up. The new album is called The Moon Rang Like a Bell, and features 12 new songs from the group.
♦ To coincide with the album announcement, Hundred Waters have shared a new song called "Xtalk." The track sees them performing soft, lush piano pop with up-tempo percussion.
♦ Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese and Zach Tetreault played together in various formations as far back as middle school, but it took until adulthood and 2012 for them to become Hundred Waters. Initially released by their local label Elestial Sound, their debut soon became seen as the sound of Florida, drawing loose comparisons to Stereolab, Four Tet, and Bjork. It attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label that same year and gave the album a full-scale release, with remixes by Araab Muzik, Star Slinger, and TokiMonsta.
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♦♦ “Having (rightfully) earned comparisons to artists like Bjork, Dirty Projectors and Joanna Newsom over the past year, this is a band that’s clearly already in an elite class with regards to songcraft.” — FLAGPOLE
♦♦ “Their stage setup might be a confounding tangle of cables and surge protectors, but there’s a commitment to unapologetic, real-time virtuosity, compositional refinement, and vision that cuts through the nonchalant clutter of their peers. You can’t pull of sounding this joyfully adventurous without being a serious musician.” — PITCHFORK
♦♦ “True song craft and musicianship is at work within Hundred Waters, and that warrants some serious attention.” — CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
♦♦ “Their name is Hundred Waters, and as an indie “electra avant-garde” folk band–channeling images of English countrysides, landscapes, sunsets, and other pastorally breathtaking images through baths of reverb and laptop programming — their mere existence as a Florida-bred act with actual talent redeems Florida for all its musical atrocities that have forsaken our eardrums and damaged our souls.” — VICE
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