Brooklyn-based alt-rock/indie-pop quartet Folding Legs (whose members hail from New York City, Vienna and Stockholm) have developed a distinctive melodic sound that incorporates diverse influences from Talking Heads, Radiohead, Bootsy Collins and Laurie Anderson to Swedish folklore, performance art and surrealist Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. Their debut 5-track EP ‘Drown In Light’ , out today via KID Recordings, brings into sharp focus their thunderous sonic panorama supplanted by skilled musicianship, rich melodies, expressive vocals and vivid, self-reflecting storytelling. The band have just released a transfixing video for “Double Time” filled with nostalgic and apocalyptic images projected onto a haunting singing totem of a child’s head. Watch the video on YouTube and Vimeo.
The frenetic stomp of “This Glass House” begins the journey of Drown in Light with the shattering of a relationship and the strength and clarity that come after. “Double Time” starts with a sparse piano melody that is overtaken by front woman Katharina Stenbeck’s seductive vocal as she addresses a lover she keeps urging to “break the silence”. Her intimacy and directness is underpinned by a fearless sound that alternates between volcanic and pastoral with ease. The mesmerizing “Spring on 93rd St” is a nostalgic lament for an unfaithful partner with a delicate melancholic arrangement. This is the sound of a band unafraid to be defiantly honest with a disarming sound that can be as bold and angular as it is fragile and crystalline.
Drown in Light is part of Rdio’s New Music Weekly program this week. Listen to the EP on Rdio here.
Folding Legs is:
Katharina Stenbeck – Lead Vocals, Scenic Design
Gregory Henits – Bass, Vocals
Christopher Cerny – Guitar
Jesse Richman – Drums
10/17 New York, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery (CMJ)
10/18 New York, NY @ Living Room (CMJ)
11/30 New York, NY @ Pianos
Drown in Light on iTunes
Drown in Light on SoundCloud