Hess is More

Hess is More

The brain-child of Danish composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Hess, this p owerhouse balances the spontaneity of a Brooklyn warehouse rave with the complex scope of an orchestra drawing comparisons to everyone from Erlend Oye and Jon Brion to CAN. Their 2011 Nublu Records release "Creation Keeps the Devil Away" continues to receive global acclaim with Hess himself actively composing and performing with the Royal Danish Ballet and being included in the soundtrack for the Amnesty International 50th Anniversary Film while leading the band's enigmatic and wholly energetic live performances that make you an instant fan and keep wanting, well... more.

Cascading Slopes

Cascading Slopes is the new project of Jacob Graham, founding member and synthesist of indie-pop group The Drums. He began his professional music career a decade ago touring and playing synthesizers for the seminal Christian synth-pop band Joy Electric.

With Cascading Slopes, Jacob returns to his roots, once again surrounded by radiant, intricately layered synthesizers crafted in the fashion and discipline of the great synthesizer pioneers of old. Electronic music's propensity for the experimental and the avant-garde is all but absent here, replaced instead with concise songs arranged comfortably in the popular folk style.

The forthcoming album Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers took two years to complete from its inception and was made using strictly voltage-controlled instruments. Its subject matter is both allegorical and personal, reflecting Graham's transition from a rigorous Protestant upbringing to his eventual conversion to The Religious Society of Friends--more commonly known as Quakers.

This "Quaker approach" to electronic music is one of simplicity and thoughtfulness achieved by programming sounds that are harmonious with the natural world. (For more information please read the essay Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers.)

In concert Cascading Slopes is a fully realized electronic chamber orchestra with the assistance of David Barnhart and René Pérez on synthesizers and Caleb Graham providing live electronic rhythms. They will be performing throughout the tri-state area in the coming year.

Odes to some far and vague past, attended by grey organs and old strings, delivered

by a horn and raw electronica. That cool quiet just before faith hits. However filled with

suppressed nostalgia, they keep looking towards the future. They, that's Float Fall.

A duo that succeeds in taming the silence and dreaming dreams until everything turns out

all right just once more. Rozanne Descheemaekers' voice guides you straight through the

freezing tracks, but afterwards quietly snuggles up to the hoarse vocals of Ruben Lefever.

Float Fall's songs make you move into another world, one lacking any final description, but

a good place to be nonetheless. A place where the dull rustle of the past gets its second

chance. Right up to the moment that dream and reality collide.


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