Avant-folk collective On the Water released a new EP, Falling Upwards, a dense three-track collection that highlights their singular approach to music-making. The complex, multi-stylistic arrangements recall the ornate compositions of Joanna Newsom, punctuated by the guttural howls of vocalist Fletcher VanVilet and bursts of heavy guitar.
It’s a difficult sound to categorize, but its emotional resonance cuts through in the swelling crescendos and impassioned vocals. You can stream it on Bandcamp and catch On the Water at a release show at the Mothership on Friday, September 14th alongside Northern Liberties, STARWOOD, and Van Goose. More information on the show can be found here.