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They were playing at indietracks as we arrived - didn't see the entire set but the 20 mins or so we did manage to catch was great. Can you suggest which one of the three albums is worth going for?

tomofthenest, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:34 (ten years ago) link

Listening to Still Night Still Light on the Spotify and this sounds to me like how Telepathe were originally described to me. Icy Germanic synth arpeggios with little girl lost vocals over the top. This kind of thing was definitely made for me.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:34 (ten years ago) link

I'm really surprised you haven't listened to them before, Kate. They sounded so obviously like a Kate Band I just assumed you were into them.

Weirdly, Another Likely Story is playing in my office at the moment. The album is terrific, either aesthetically coherent or a bit samey depending on which way you look at it.

Also they are vv pretty btw. Although it weirds me out how similar they look.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:47 (ten years ago) link

I love them!

*:--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--:*:--☆--: (ENBB), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:47 (ten years ago) link

No, they are a very obvious KateBand. I think I probably resisted them because they seemed "too much" of a KateBand.

Spotify is so great for being able to check out things you've been reccomended over and over again and never got around to.

They look like ordinary indie girls to me, really. ::shrugs:: It's a bit frustrating trying to read any sort of article about them, because they all start with 500 words about how stunningly beautiful they are, and their clothes and their look and their aesthetic, and maaayybe then you'll read a bit about what they sound like. Maybe.

I guess that kind of thing really turns me off, though it's more the media's fault than the band's.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:50 (ten years ago) link

(And yes, I'm aware that's slightly hypocritical given mine own response to bands like oh, say, Late Of The Pier - but, erm, whatevs.)

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:52 (ten years ago) link

I think they've very consciously cultivated that aesthetic though, same length and style hair and everything.

It's weird because on the surface there's very little to actually say about their music, it's strangely airy and nothingy and only later starts to worm its way in.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 12:58 (ten years ago) link

No, I think that airiness and lightness is a very deliberate aesthetic, they seem to work quite hard to get that level of minimalism. Listening to the music and how it intertwines, you can hear things that have been deliberately left out in order to leave that sense of airiness.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:01 (ten years ago) link

Oh yeah, that's deliberate as well obviously. I really love the sense of delicacy and space.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:02 (ten years ago) link

It's actually quite *hard* to write music that minimal, and yet still maintain the sense of texture that they have. It's kind of like the aural equivalent of lacemaking.

...and the wizard blew his horn (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:04 (ten years ago) link

They definitely look like they're ready for the Lillith Fair, but their music is much weirder and more interesting.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:16 (ten years ago) link

new album is a huge improvement, the stripped back minimal sound really suits them.

zappi, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:31 (ten years ago) link

I first saw them on an NYC cable indie rock show, New York Noise. They were auditioning people off the street to be VJs. They're a lot funnier than you'd think based on their look and music.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 13:34 (ten years ago) link

Agree about the stripped back sound - they now sound on record a lot more like they do live. However, I think "The Bird of Music" has stronger songs than "Still Night...". Not heard the first one.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 6 October 2009 16:08 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

one of these bands i randomly d/l'd based off a pic (three naked asses on a...log?) and have progressively and increasingly enjoyed more and more with each subsequent listen. "sad song", for all it's simplicity, actually has a lot of subtle complexities i didn't start noticing until seemingly the 20th listen

they're indie as shit tho, my god

NO NUTRITIONAL CONTENT (kelpolaris), Friday, 16 March 2012 03:10 (eight years ago) link

they are v.v. pretty, but has to be some of the most boring music i have ever heard.

bene_gesserit, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:19 (eight years ago) link

i liked a couple of their songs from way back... "backyards" or something? wasn't nuts about what i heard subsequently.

tylerw, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:29 (eight years ago) link

i do appreciate their name

tylerw, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:32 (eight years ago) link

"Shadows" is a brilliant song, and they'll always be heroes for their turn on Aeroplane's remix of "Paris" and Shinichi Osawa's cover of "Star Guitar".

boxedjoy, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:34 (eight years ago) link

I can't actually remember how any of their songs went, now. Apart from the Aeroplane remixes.

Masonic Boom, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:35 (eight years ago) link

The first half of the last album is lovely, but it gets a bit samey after that. Bits of the Julia Holter album remind me of them actually, although only one segment of a song.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Friday, 16 March 2012 15:48 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

erika spring just released her own solo titled ep - given it a couple listens. it's fun, but unmemorable at parts. kinda pastiche in that brooklyn way that's sorta the norm.

real nice atmosphere atmosphere throughout tho. i'm looking forward to her full release.

kelpolaris, Monday, 16 July 2012 19:08 (eight years ago) link

director's obvious play at getting erika to prowl and un-clothe under limits of legality

kelpolaris, Monday, 16 July 2012 19:09 (eight years ago) link

oops, it's a dude.

kelpolaris, Monday, 16 July 2012 19:10 (eight years ago) link

*chick. bye.

kelpolaris, Monday, 16 July 2012 19:10 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Their new record is coming out next week and is streaming now at NPR. If you're down with the ARS sound, you will dig this hot new wax, people.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:46 (six years ago) link


kornrulez6969, Sunday, 22 September 2013 07:39 (six years ago) link

Has it really been 3 and a half years since the last one? Blimey.

Jeff W, Monday, 23 September 2013 15:05 (six years ago) link

4 and a half even!

Jeff W, Monday, 23 September 2013 15:07 (six years ago) link

I regret to say I am not digging this hot new wax at all :(

Jeff W, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 18:36 (six years ago) link

That's crazy talk man!

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 24 September 2013 23:09 (six years ago) link

Yeah not feeling this either, it hasn't got the lightness of touch of the last one.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:00 (six years ago) link

I like it

St3ve Go1db3rg, Saturday, 28 September 2013 21:14 (six years ago) link

I like this more than any other album of theirs I've heard, even though it is very front-loaded. I keep expecting them to belt but it's still all very restrained, which is actually quite nice.

boxedjoy, Monday, 30 September 2013 22:16 (six years ago) link

ARS don't belt. They waft.

I like Still Night better but this is still a fine record.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 00:49 (six years ago) link

Yeah, it would be unexpected and weird if they were to start belting, but the songs seem to lend themselves to these big moments that seem even sweeter because they keep things grounded. When I'm singing along to this in the car I find it very easy to oversing along.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 07:01 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

i love this band

treeship 2, Monday, 20 November 2017 12:34 (two years ago) link

this song is so good

treeship 2, Monday, 20 November 2017 12:34 (two years ago) link

They sounded great on Twin Peaks.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 20 November 2017 16:51 (two years ago) link

yes i'm a big fan of them. the way to there has similar chords to cranberries ode to my family, they mix very well

In a slipshod style (Ross), Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:44 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

first new track in six years?

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 15 May 2020 15:06 (two months ago) link

Love that. Hope this isn’t a one off. Welcome back, anyway.

Jeff W, Friday, 15 May 2020 17:42 (two months ago) link

Thank you for sharing. Love this band.

treeship., Friday, 15 May 2020 22:06 (two months ago) link

the last verse of a violent yet flammable world, with the overlapping vocals, is one of my favorite things ever recorded

treeship., Friday, 15 May 2020 22:28 (two months ago) link

this new track was unreleased from 2011 -- new new music may be unlikely, but I'm hopeful!

winters (josh), Saturday, 16 May 2020 06:01 (two months ago) link

That's a shame, but glad to hear this anyway.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 16 May 2020 08:15 (two months ago) link

Another song, “Come Away”, has just been uploaded to Bandcamp

Jeff W, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:05 (two months ago) link

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