Brooklyn-based musical collective Railbird recently released new single "Jump Ship" just ahead of a July residency at Pete's Candy Store. The brand new track features Sean Rowe (ANTI), whose Cohen-esque baritone is deeply soulful, and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram (Barsuk), whose breathy vocals are most often heard over booming electronic beats. It's no wonder this unlikely collaboration meets in the middle with Railbird – A band accustom to divergent thinking.
Railbird, the brainchild of bandleader Sarah K. Pedinotti (SKP), is a solid cast of multi-instrumentalists whose sound crosses many genres and encompasses complex rhythms and swirling bursts of guitars and synths around Sarah's angelic voice and truly unique style of songwriting.
After self-releasing their debut album No One in 2010, Railbird was invited to perform at SXSW, CMJ, and the 4th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly. No One, co-produced by Jeremy Gustin and SKP in Queens and upstate NY, is a conceptual album that took over one year to complete. The album is nuanced, dark, rhythmic, and haunting and draws comparisons to Bjork, Kate Bush, Grizzly Bear, and Dirty Projectors.
Railbird is currently recording demos and rehearsing in a cabin at Lake George. Catch the band for their summer residency each Wednesday in July at Pete's Candy Store. 10pm.
Celestial Shore have an obvious Beach Boys tip about them, but they twin it with a love of Math Rock - the twisting guitar and synth patterns snake around like a loose hose, drenching the song in a shimmering nostalgia. It takes the simplicity and innately classic sound of The Beach Boys harmonies and filters that through the clutter of the 21st century. It means it avoids being yet another yesteryear trip, and becomes something truly inventive. To paraphrase the great Jean Luc Godard, it's not who you steal from but where you take it.
Taking cues from the hypnotic sparsity of krautrock to the more funky sensibilities of acid house and Manchester indie dance, Zula makes forward-thinking psychedelic pop music. It started in the summer of 2010 as a collaboration between principal songwriters Henry and Nate Terepka (cousins). During the early basement sessions, playing to drum loops and sequencers, they began crafting their sound, obsessed with repetitive, interlocking figures and melodies in accessible, direct pop forms. In the fall of 2010, Mike Lawless and Zach Nicita joined on, forming a taught, propulsive rhythm section. The group has since toured California, played countless shows around New York City, and released the Crescent Intake Session EP.
Zula is currently working on a debut LP, set to be released this summer.