The reedy sway of crash‘s voice will pull you in, come hell or high water. Lamenting the loss of his native New Orleans home, crash simultaneously presents himself with strength and vulnerability. Everything he knew and loved may have been lost to the flood, but he rises above and lets the beauty float up and out from the earthy guitar and slow dance of slogging through loss.
On “Ace of Cups,” Orenda Fink‘s (Azure Ray) warm voice skates over ice-blue electronic melody. The structure of the synthesizer brings Fink’s details into focus – you can hear her breath, the movement of her lips, the roundness of her vowels. The effect is strikingly and appropriately intimate.
“Boys” has a twangy melody with tip-tap drumming and throaty male vocals backed up by delicate female whispers. Portland, Oregon’s bed. is the musical outlet for the founders of Breakup Records, Alex Haager and Sierra Frost. Download the track here, and look for their release show on May 18th if you’re in their neck of the woods.