And to hear each of them, well, is truly a study in how each member contributes to the band title they al share. Certainly, by now, you should already be familiar with Sleep Whale (hear "Cotton Curls," the first single off Houseboat streaming on the band's MySpace page) and Sunnybrook.
And then there's Ourselves, which, actually, is a solo project that Joel North started prior to the release of Mom's great debut EP, Little Brite. For a taste, we recommend "a happy arch for Royal," currently streaming on the act's MySpace page.
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With each of these acts' outputs, you can hear the same core ingredients: ambient vocals, lo-fi production and intricate instrumentations filled with plenty of found sounds--long a staple of Sleep Whale's. And yet each takes the same ingredients off in different directions: Sunnybrook creates lo-fi folk-pop; Melting Season creates psychedellic folktronica; Abacus offers up lo-fi, ambient electro-pop; Ourselves, meanwhile, revels in a beautifully musical instrumental realm similar to Mom's initial output. Sleep Whale, meanwhile combines these all into an ambient indie folk-rock amalgamation.
Hopefully, upon Sleep Whale's return from its upcoming west coast tour, we'll be able to land the band back on our DC9 in SPACE taping schedule--and, by proxy, maybe we'll be able to shoot some or all of its members' projects, too. We'll let you know once we've confirmed anything on that front.
In the meantime, catch a free, Gutterth-presented CD release show for a limited run of 100 copies of Ourselves' new four-track, self-titled release on Friday night at J&J's Pizza in Denton. Joel North will play the new album in order, in its entirety, at the show, and--no surprise here--he'll be joined on the bill by Melting Season and Sunnybrook. Of course, he will.
As for DC9 in SPACE? Well, after 26 straight weeks of filming, we're taking the night off. We'll be back, filming a new episode next Wednesday night, though, again welcoming one of the latest and greatest acts from Denton into our confines. Maybe we'll see you there.