Jeremy Petersen highlights some of his favorite new songs for the latest Waking Life playlist. Listen along on Spotify.
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Typhoon's fourth album, "Offerings," tells the story of a man whose memory is slowly disappearing. Frontman Kyle Morton, who visited our CPR Performance Studio for a solo set four years ago, drew on his experience in the age of information for the record's 14 songs. The Portland, Ore., octet adds a vast sound of rock instruments, strings and field recordings to accompany the often bleak lyrics. Morton and his bandmates played three songs from "Offerings" in our studio along with an older cut. They also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about how the album's story came together, the effect of modern technology on memory and the origin of some of the unusual sounds on "Offerings."
Experimental folk band Chimney Choir and dance troupe Wonderbound collaborated in 2015 on the show "Boomtown," with the former providing music for the latter's ballet performance. The two Denver entities clearly enjoy working together: They'll team up once again on the new production "Aphrodite's Switchboard," which debuts this month. The show centers around a telephone switchboard operator and incorporates elements from ancient Greek mythology. Chimney Choir stopped into the CPR Performance Studio to give us a preview of the music from "Aphrodite's Switchboard." The members also spoke with Alisha Sweeney about getting more experimental with the new production, using tarot cards for songwriting inspiration and how their music shaped the show's choreography.
The episode also features music from HVN and déCollage.
Noah Gundersen released his third album, "White Noise," last September. It marks a shift in the Seattle singer-songwriter's folk music. Gundersen brings in a backing band on several songs to give the record a fuller, uplifting rock sound -- though he includes some plaintive piano ballads as well. Gundersen visited the CPR Performance Studio accompanied by his sister Abby on violin. He played stripped-down versions of two songs from "White Noise" along with a new B-side. He also spoke with Jeremy Petersen about the decision to retool his sound, reconnecting with his siblings by playing music together and learning to embrace his early musical output.
Listen to the pop duo's song selections with a Spotify playlist.
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The Hollow formed in 2013 and released its self-titled debut EP two years later. Since then, the Denver rock band has been fairly quiet while retooling its sound and lineup by recruiting former Epilogues drummer Jason Hoke. The quartet is back this year with the guitar-heavy EP "Contact," recorded in Evergreen, Colo. The Hollow made its debut in the CPR Performance Studio earlier this month. The band members played four songs and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about the new lineup's first year together, using drones to film the music video for "Sleep Talkin'" and how writing their music is therapeutic.