Feeds on Majesty: New self-titled EP

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I found a link to this local group in my e-mail inbox recently. Definitely different than the kind of music I usually listen to. I hadn’t heard of Feeds on Majesty before-lead musician, Travis Gore, is a bassist with the Seattle Symphony. While their music certainly reflects great musical proficiency-their self-titled EP isn’t what I would expect to hear from a performer with a symphony. Instead of coming from a classical, or even baroque, setting-the music reflects an interest in folk, bluegrass, and at times, even ‘slow-core’ musical stylings. The chord changes and rhythms are almost experimental in nature. I can’t say these are songs you’ll be singing in the shower, as most of the songs have an ethereal, surreal quality to them. Much of it very beautiful (The Haunting), and at other times, unsettling (Leaves Turn to Green). All of it unique and interesting, though.

I think fans of Red House Painters, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, and even Tortoise will find this of interest. You can download the EP over on their bandcamp page.

It looks like the group has a couple of opportunities to catch them live over the next few months as well. They will be playing with their new line-up at the Can Can on August 18th; with the avant-garde contemporary orchestra ‘Scrape’ at the Royal Room on September 8th; and at Benaroya Hall as part of the Day of Music on September 22nd at noon (this is event is FREE too!). I am definitely going to try and catch one of these shows to see them live.

Exohxo: Stream new EP-Stories and Fictions

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I just came across this local, self-described “chamber pop” band recently. The band appears to be readying the release of their EP, Stories and Fictions, for an early August release. The EP veers from soaring, anthemic indie rockers to quirky, New Wave-y pop to piano-laden instrumentals. Storytellers could easily be confused with an XTC song-certainly not a bad thing. On other songs I can hear traces of Zumpano, Lost Lander, and Arcade Fire. Untitled Song About Cats in particular is a gorgeous track-a great way to end the EP. I could easily see it being included on an indie film soundtrack.

You can stream the entire EP over on their bandcamp page.

Exohxo has a number of shows lined up around Seattle during the summer, including a performance this Saturday, June 22nd at the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon. Never even heard of this event before-bands will be performing all along the course as the race proceeds. How cool is that?

I have a feeling that Stories and Fictions will be very well received in the Seattle music scene. I look forward to watching as the band’s career unfolds.