Cameo Official CMJ Showcase
Blue Sky Black Death
Sister Crayon, The Range, Live Visuals By Aurora Halal
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
Blue Sky Black Death
Blue Sky Black Death is an accomplished West Coast production duo. Their sound transforms the raw into the refined through technically building layers that exceed the boundaries of any one particular musical genre.
Often a single track will involve a violin, cello, keyboard, and guitar mixed with live vocals and abstract samples. Every song compiles and manipulates to make the music engage on several levels, and
each album surpasses the next in expectation thus creating surprise. Their name borrowed from the skydiving term, beauty before death, mirrors their longevity and ability to bring back to life, dead and forgotten dimensions.
BSBD has been received praise from such publications as Pitchfork, The Fader, Complex, Forbes, LA Times, Spin, XXL Magazine, Stereogum, Rock Sound, The Source, Noisey, Wired Magazine, Prefix Magazine, URB, The Fox Is Black, Pigeons and Planes, Passion Weiss, Hypetrak, Pop Matters, and more, and their music has led them to receive world wide recognition.
An off and on recluse, Terra Lopez spent countless hours in her Northern California bedroom each day, recording hundreds of gritty, personal demos with her classical guitar and MPC. Staring at the ceiling of her apartment, she taught herself how to sing by studying vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Jeff Buckley. It was during this time that Lopez started to form the sound and scope of what would become Sister Crayon. Shortly after, Lopez met Dani Fernandez and the two bonded over hip-hop and the MPC. Inseparable, the duo started collaborating and word spread quickly about Sister Crayon on the West Coast. Over the years, the project has undergone numerous lineup changes and been bolstered by the addition of live keys and drums. With drummer Omar Barajas in the mix, Sister Crayon's live show is passionate, dynamic and emotionally resonant.
Since Sister Crayon's debut release Bellow in 2011, Lopez and Fernandez have worked relentlessly to reinvent the project, with the focus shifting back towards its founding members. The two have honed in on the electronic side of things, centering more on Lopez's powerful, diverse vocal range while utilizing heavy beats and haunting melodies. Having toured nationally for most of 2012 with the likes of Built to Spill, The Album Leaf and Maps & Atlases, Sister Crayon went into the studio in late September to record the Cynic EP. The record is at times raw and inconsolable, inspired by Lopez's absent father and daily frustrations with the past. Sister Crayon's new body of work is unapologetic in its intensity, allowing them to create their most revealing work to date. Upon the release of Cynic, Sister Crayon plans to unveil a fresh live sound with tour dates in the Spring while also gearing up for their second full-length, set to be released in late 2013.
The Range is James Hinton, 24, of Providence, RI. He's been making music since he was 13, first on a little Fostex machine recording looped drums and synthesizer. At Brown University, while studying Physics, he started making electronic music full time under the alias Stegosaurus, producing two albums under that moniker, 'Quill' and 'Cower' in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In the mid 2010 he started making music as The Range, drawing from more percussive footwork sounds. An album 'The Big Dip' followed for Astro Nautico (co-run by Obey City and Kuhn) in 2011, and then two EPs 'Seneca' and 'disk' for Donky Pitch. His next album 'Nonfiction' will be released by Donky Pitch on October 14th 2013
He has received support on BBC Radio 1 from Benji B, frequently playing shows across the US, and completed remixes for artists like Howse (Tri Angle), Kuhn (Civil Music) & Alphabets Heaven (King Deluxe). In August 2013 he played The Boiler Room US, which will be followed by a string of UK and European dates in October (his first overseas shows) to co-incide with the album release.
Live Visuals By Aurora Halal
Aurora Halal is a producer, video artist & creator of Brooklyn's Mutual Dreaming party series. Shadowy & minimal, her hardware live sets have a hazy sensuality and metallic dance floor intensity. She's spent the last year and a half touring Europe, performing live music and analog video.