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Kielo – In Water (Music Video Premiere)

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“My grandfather is a Lutheran preacher. I remember the first time I understood that this meant that Grandpa sounded, behaved, and even looked different in front of a congregation than he did with his family at the dinner table. ‘In Water’ is a song about identity construction. It’s about the way that we create, destruct, and recreate ourselves from minute to minute to fit our environment.”

In a lot of press releases, the given quotes are airy, pretentious, or designed to subvert expectations (or realities). The above quote proves to be deeply important to understanding the first glimpse into the world of Good Night Gold Dust‘s bandleader Laura Schultz’s new solo project, Kielo. The subdued, ambient, and slightly unsettling clip for Kielo’s “In Water” touches directly on the themes of identity construction, deconstruction, re-construction, and the way those are shaped by environment in startlingly direct ways.

Utilizing landscape shots, superimposed imagery, grainy aesthetics, projections, and a series of low-grade effects, the team responsible for the creation of “In Water” — which includes Schultz’s Good Night Gold Dust bandmate Colin Scharf and art director Katie O’Connor) conjures up an elegant, hazy, atmosphere with an immediately recognizable line to the upper Midwest’s wintry sensibilities. Even in small ways, the clip’s an unapologetic mirror of the song’s thesis.

Packaged all together, “In Water” transcends its humble components to become something that’s not only memorable but surprisingly moving. Schultz’s vocals and the ambient textures that shape “In Water” are a breathtaking pairing, rendering the track a stunning introduction to what’s promising to be a very worthwhile project. If the rest of Kielo’s work can measure up to “In Water”, Schultz may just have a shot at securing national attention. Don’t make the mistake of missing out.

Watch “In Water” below and keep an eye on this site for more news on Kielo.

PURPLE 7 – Garden Eyes (Album Review, Stream)

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: With the site now entering emergency year-end catch-up mode thanks to the cruel, mocking nature of time, tonight’s trio of posts will simply be short reviews of the album(s) in the headline(s) and an accompanying list of records that deserve to be heard.]

Not too long ago, PURPLE 7’s extraordinary full-length debut was discussed in of one of these pieces thanks to album standout “Wise Up“. Shortly after that piece ran, the whole record wound up ranking highly in this site’s year-end list. The band’s already followed up that scintillating effort with another full-length that scales back some of the frenetic energy but ups the impact value.

From “Company” on, Garden Eyes throws a bevvy of punches, landing blows with rapid succession. Most songs on the record hover around the two minute mark and the trio makes the most of their already-established basement pop dynamics. There’s a new bent to the proceedings that feels more rooted in classic rock n’ roll records than the band’s preceding material but it suits them well. Every song hits its mark and ensures PURPLE 7’s position as one the more beloved acts on the DIY punk circuit. Garden Eyes is just another generous gift.

Listen to Garden Eyes below and pick it up here. Beneath the embed, explore a list of some of the best full streams to have appeared over the past several months.

Good Night Gold Dust – Good Night Gold Dust
Ernie – Dog Park
Sunn O))) – Kannon
Baby Bry Bry – The Way Things Was
Polyon – Blue
Stainless Steele – Escapism
Snuff Refux – Besides You
The Rashita Joneses – Bang Bang! Lasagna
The Brainstems – No Place Else
No Rudio / No Noise (Compilation)
The Spook School – Try To Be Hopeful
The Foxymorons – Fake Yoga
Churchyard – Churchyard
Isabel Rex – American Colloquialisms/Two Hexes
Arizona Landmine – When Will  I Ever Learn
Pinemen – Pleasant Pain
WASHA – The Bright Part II
Junk Boys – Junk Boys
Living Decent – Do What Makes You Brave
Gobichild – Never Stops
Nice Hooves – The Gall