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[BadPanda010] The Sleeping Sea – Palms…

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“We feel that music is art and no art has a monetary value (hence money has no value) so we want to give all our sounds away to the ears that so wish to house it. Although we accept donations from those who desire and can afford to do so, we feel that music is an important vehicle for social awareness and change in propelling community and creativity.”

The Sleeping Sea is speaking, that is Jarrod Welling-Cann (voice, keyboard/guitar/vibraphones), Michael Abitz (percussion expert and vibraphones) and Andrew Walker (trombone/bass/xylophone).

Inspiration comes from southern mozombique recordings (and other african tribal recordings), múm,  Seabear, The Ruby Suns, El Guincho, Grizzly Bear, Peter Bjorn and John, Why?, Beach House, Shugo Tokumaru, The Concretes and many, many more… and Bad Panda loves them. Love them.

The Sleeping Sea – Palms… [mp3] [ogg]

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The song is distributed under a Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0

“The Sleeping Sea does more than write songs, they orchestrate moods. Their music is at once playful and ethereal, childlike and melancholy. Reverberating harmonized falsettos blend seamlessly into a mix of bright staccato guitar playing, rich bass accompaniment and galloping drums. And while most bands are not comfortable playing outside of a certain dynamic range, the Sleeping Sea ebbs and flows (pardon the extended metaphor), taking listeners to swelling heights and broken, deconstructed lows.” -Isaac Hand

They’re currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio and they’ve played shows with some creative individuals from Boston to Chicago and Philadeplhia, Wisconsin but they hopefully one day end up in California, Iceland or Africa, Indonesia, Haiti, Brazil, and so on until fall from the globe…

Jarrod and Micheal are studying to become audio/visual engineers and they produce their music toying with a korg d1200, typical drum set, some plastic eggs with white rice trapped inside them, a typical guitar, a little bell piano they found at a thrift store, someones bass, and many somethings more in a basement (somewhere on the soil of Cincinnati Ohio).

They also make laptop music in their freetime as well as short films. Ranging from a childish/electronic  múm-esque music to a Prefuse 73/Blockhead hip-hop track. Michael makes music under Quince Vetivert and Jarrod under Sailboats and Bubbles.
Plus, they compiled alot of old, new and unfinished music by creating Ghost In the Piano Room, which became their “alter-ego”.

http://www.myspace.com/thesleepingsea
http://thesleepingsea.blogspot.com/

Where do you live actually?

Between purple and elephants and/or Cincinnati, Ohio.

What is the last thing you ate?

Vegan smorgasbord.

Your addiction?

Dreams and jellyfish.

One quote?

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination” (Willy Wonka)

One book?

The Giving Tree

One movie?

13 Moons / Spirited Away.

One song?

Remind Me by The Motifs  (or any song by múm).

Best concert ever?

We thoroughly enjoyed experiencing and meeting Doseone (of anticon) at a Subtle/TV On The Radio show in columbus, however a recent WHY? concert was a near life experience as well.

Favourite venue?

CS13, Cincinnati.

Favourite place on earth?

Ocean. Deep and mysterious ocean.

One thing you’re proud of?

You.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

The Venus Project 🙂

Discography:
Monocular People EP (self-released) [dl]
Sun Drips EP (2009, self-released) [dl] or [buy]

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Written by badpandarecords

08/02/2010 at 5:44 PM

[BadPanda009] The Underscore Orkestra – Balancing Act

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“You know a band is good when at the end of their sound check the audience starts clapping” writes an interesting review about one of their recent shows.
Fusing the sounds of gypsy jazz, swing and world music, with the styles of vaudeville cabaret and circus arts, it’s not just a band, it’s an Orkestra, the Underscore Orkestra.

The members are modern day gypsies and their names are Jorge (Violin, Vocals, Harmonica and Piccolo), Willo (Accordion and Vocals), Cody (Guitar and Banjo), Scott (Guitar), Cliff (Bass), Peter (percussion), Susanna (violin) and Andrewski (Clarinet).

Balacing Act comes from their last album “No Money, No Honey, All We Got Is Us” (2009) and you shouldn’t miss it specially if you love bands like Devotchka, Gogol Bordello or Taraf de Haidouks.

The Underscore Orkestra – Balancing Act [mp3] [ogg]

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The song is distributed under a Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0

The Underscore Orkestra is a Portland (Oregon) based band, playing a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz and Swing, with a repertoire consisting of both original and traditional material from fast bulgars and melodious waltzes to odd meters and swinging rhythms. Their instrumentation includes violin, accordion, guitar, banjo, clarinet, horns, flute, harmonica, bass, vocals and percussion. Each of the members comes from various backgrounds and musical disciplines from as far away as Russia and as close as our own North West. The Underscore Orkestra has been performing for the past 3 + years, touring all around the western U.S., Mexico and Guatemala and has been seen from intimate coffee shop setting all the way to huge outdoor festivals.

http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com/
http://www.myspace.com/underscoreorkestra

Where do you live actually?

In the tour bus.

What is the last thing you ate?

Nachos.

Your addiction?

Hot Chocolate.

One quote?

“Live for today” – Albert Einstein

One movie?

Blue Planet

One song?

Blue Angel by Roy Orbison

Best concert ever?

Tool!

Favourite venue?

Amnesia bar in San Francisco.

Favourite place on earth?

Right here!

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

Southern Italy.

Discography:
The Modicum of Ambiguity (2008, self released) [buy]
No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us (2009, self released) [buy]

Written by badpandarecords

01/02/2010 at 3:03 PM

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