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Hundred Waters, The Moon Rang Like a Bell (OWSLA Records)




Hundred Waters, The Moon Rang Like a Bell (OWSLA Records)


06/19/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Being new to this Gainesville tour-de-hipster quartet, I didn’t expect to get much out of this record upon hearing the first couple of typically disposable plastic-coated hook-phobic tunes, which made me think of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with a girl singer, for the most part. As the tracks progressed, though, I held out hope for some decent trip-hop, but it eventually went deeper than that. Like way deeper. Eventually the songs slow to become abstracts on the subject of ink being slowly mixed into water, amniotic strokes that lend credence to band co-leader Trayer Tryon’s claim that he was trying to recreate the experience of tinnitus. This record becomes fascinating, after a while, due in no small part to singer Nicole Miglis’s checklist of weird chick singers she can nick, most prominently Bjork, of course, but she can also zone in on Annie Lennox (on the wildly soaring “Innocent,” which ends with a creative ham-radio-sounding bit of Chinese-folk), and an absolutely decimated Kate Havnevik on the deep-cavitation hearing-test “Broken Blue,” which leads into the even-weirder “Chambers (Passing Train),” possibly the most desolate thing on board. Good, agreeable stuff here, like a sort of anti-dubstep for the slackest of slackers. A Eric W. Saeger






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