Icewater, Jennah Bell, Keenan O'Meara
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
Even in the frenetic metropolis of New York there are moments of still. You have to wait, bide your time until the early hours, but in the short window between closing time and the early-morning commuters you can find a twilight period of pure, nocturnal, solitude.
‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ - Wilsen’s debut full-length album - was born during these snatched moments. Ensconced in a tiny rented apartment in Brooklyn, Tamsin Wilson would sit, wait for the twilight and then begin moulding her day’s thoughts into fragments of song.
Using a nylon-stringed acoustic to pick out gentle melodies she drew inspiration from this pre-dawn. The calmness and soundlessness. Everyone asleep and inactive. During these moments time slowed and creative threads could be following without interruption; without the fear of someone hearing her mid-process.
What slowly, methodically, took shape was a collection of delicate songs that valued, even cherished, the creative power of stillness.
The finger-picked melodies, dreamy whistles and Tamsin’s whisper of a voice, all of which underpin ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’, were born during these moments of still, but it wasn’t until bandmates Drew Arndt & Johnny Simon’s involvement that the use of lightness and space was drawn into beautiful contrast with moments of post-rock ambition.
Coming together - alongside producer & friend Ben Baptie - initially in the UK, then upstate New York, before concluding at The Farm Studio in rural Philadelphia, the trio nudged and corralled each delicate wisp of a song, gradually layering it with washes of icy guitar, short staccato drums & Arndt’s restrained basslines.
The band’s previous offerings, 2013’s double-EP ‘Sirens’ & 2014’s EP ‘Magnolia’, had hinted at a creative trio wrestling to balance the folk intimacy of Tamsin’s hushed tones with a more muscular, experimental side. With ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ there’s a sense of much more at play than a mere delicate balancing act; this is a rich, dynamic mix that’s coalesced into a singularly musical form that’s pure, confident and unique.
From the opening creep of ‘Centipede’, a shuffling, eerie masterpiece that questions self-honesty, through the multi-layered fan-favourite ‘Garden’, buoyant on a bed of intricate finger-picking & recently surpassing 2.5 million Spotify streams, and onto the climactic ‘Told You’, this is a record of detailed perfection.
Announcing the record in early February with new track ‘Heavy Steps’, Wilsen will slowly begin the process of introducing the outside world to their moments of crystallised calm, before unveiling ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’ in full in late spring 2017.
Forget the Quiet, things are about to get a little Noisy.
Icewater was formed in 2010 by Michael Rosen, Malcolm Perkins and Grant Martin. Grant had just moved to New York from San Francisco, bringing with him the desire to start a band, and for that band to be called Icewater. The three friends started out in Michael's bedroom - two acoustic guitars, Michael's signature Wurlitzer, and a handful of original country songs. After a while they wanted to play louder so they found Noah Hecht and asked him to play the drums. With Noah, the band worked hard for a few years crafting a sound that was very much their own: delicate, melodic and textural, with moments of profound heaviness - a vast open field scattered with the dark shadows of occasional clouds.
In 2013, Grant Martin tragically passed away as the band's first album Collector's Edition was in its final stages of completion. Michael, Malcolm and Noah vowed to keep Icewater, and Grant's vision alive. Collaborating with their own pain, they completed the album. They couldn't not.
In the months following the completion of Collector's Edition, Icewater was unsure of its future. Should they continue as a trio? Should they continue at all? Ultimately, they decided to ask Michael's younger brother Jonathan to join the band on the bass. Jonathan was playing in a band called Cardboard, which had played many shows with Icewater. With this new lineup Icewater was braced with an energy that allowed them to perform Collector's Edition and release the record.
The group evolved and began writing new material. Over the course of a long harsh winter, the band spent a dizzying amount of time writing the songs for their 2nd LP Cardinal. In April, Icewater went down to Virginia to record the album in a big red barn called White Star Sound. While there is no immediate release date scheduled for Cardinal, Icewater continue to play shows and write material as well as play in Eleanor Friedberger's band. They are excited to announce the release of a two track EP on cassette (recorded at The Rumpus Room) on October 2nd. Please join them at their EP Release show at Baby's All Right on October 15th.
Hailing from the Bay Area in Northern California, Jennah Bell's style incorporates her unique and diverse upbringing. Music became a very serious career choice when she was blessed with the opportunity to attend a wonderful summer program affiliated with the Grammy Foundation.
A competitive audition process placed her as one of 11 singer/songwriters from around the U.S. Her peers, elders, and music business professionals (Paul Williams, Jimmy Jam, INXS, David Foster) embraced her unorthodox writing style, alternative/folk/soul song melodies, and endearing honest vocals. This gave her the courage and motivation she needed to apply to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has had the privilege and honor to sit down with Paul Simon and work on some of her original tunes this past year and became part of a very special music project called Making Music Herstory (http://makingmusicherstory.com/mmh/).
Now at 21, nearing the end of her Berklee experience, she has committed to spreading love through her music one planet at a time.
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