The last time we heard from Keith Hampson’s experimental lo-fi project, Power Animal, it was breathing as a solo entitiy. Now, Power Animal is back, and though the upcoming material is the most personal Hampson has been, he’s enlisted the help of friends for a move back to full-band territory, which comes to fruition in the album, Good Wind Pt. 1.
Power Animal is a project we’ve come to know and love over the years, ever since Keith Hampson and his then-full band released People Songs back in 2010. Things have shifted a bit in the years since and now Hampson works primarily solo, but he still knows when to pull in collaborators that will enhance his textural electronic pop songs. The latest example of this is “3 Months And a Week” featuring Eskimeaux.
Magic Death Sounds has announced details of its 3rd annual block party, taking place in Fishtown on August 30th. The two-stage event will showcase the tape label’s roster of artists along with other up-and-coming locals, including electronic soul-pop project APHRA, psych-rock songwriter Jo Kusy, electronic experimentalist Power Animal and more. There will also be food, drinks, and flea market vendors on hand, making it the kind of block party you won’t want to leave. Check out a highlight reel of last year’s party below and get more details here.
Poppy singer-songwriter, fiddler and sound loop artist Brian Fitzy is one of several artists performing at the Musicians On Call benefit concert today at Brittingham’s Pub in Lafayette Hill. Joining Fitzy are Anders Hyatt, Matt Santry, Kyle Herring, Tim Williams and more. More information on the event can be found here. Listen to a recording of Fitzy playing live last year below. Continue reading →
Folkadelphia welcomed instrumental guitarist Marisa Anderson in to the studio for this week’s live session. The Oregan based musician released two divergent records in 2013; get a sampling of her music with this session, available as a free download below.
Power Animal, a local project built around Keith Hampson, has returned with a new single called “Unkept.” This new experimental / electronic material is focused on Hampson’s experience with mental illness, which he discussed in an accompanying essay for Impose Magazine. Stream and download “Unkept” below
After encountering a string of illnesses that kept him in bed for days at a time over the last year, Power Animal‘s Keith Hampson is back on his feet with new music and a new mission. In an essay for Impose Magazine, Hampson details his nearly life-long experience with mental and neurological illnesses including Torrette’s syndrome, depression and ADHD, and talks about how writing his newest material was an outlet for dealing with things he had previously suppressed.
On “Unkept,” Power Animal’s first release since 2012 and understandably heavier than earlier tracks, a glitchy staccato synth balances Hampson’s poignant lyrics about isolation, illness and encountering good days between the bad ones. The layers build to the point of competition in the second half of the song, reaching a manic and muddled peak that that mirrors the difficulty of finding clarity during a deep depression.
Listen to “Unkept” below and see Power Animal live at Bourbon & Branch on Friday, May 2nd with Worshyper and Dream Safari. More information can be found here.
Last week, Philly psychedelic popsters Power Animal premiered the title track from their forthcoming Exorcism EP on Soundcloud. The cassette release, which drops on Feb. 21, is worth seeking out for a few reasons. One, it’s a great collection of the whimsical, imaginative songwriting we’ve come to expect from Keith Hampson and his collaborators. Two, it also collects solid remixes by the likes of Lushlife and Golden Ages. Three, it’s for a worthy cause. The EP is being released on Hampson’s charitable label, Human Kindness Overflowing, and money from each purchase of the cassette – as well as each download of the album on Bandcamp – goes to Philabundance, and providing meals to those in need. Remember, folks – giving isn’t just for the holidays. Power Animal performs Friday Feb. 10 at the First Unitarian Church with This Will Destroy You. Tickets to the all ages show are $12.
A burgeoning experimental group from the great Northeast, Power Animal takes a kitchen-sink approach to its heady, textured, Paw Tracks-aspiring pop. Old keyboards and samplers mingle with xylophone, violin, banjo, and…hold up, is that a didgeridoo? Impressive. After a busy 2010 and an enthusiastic reception to its debut full-length People Songs, Power Animal is prepping the followup Exorcism EP for release in the spring. Back in November, a track from it—“Better Water”—premiered on Weekly Tape Deck. You can listen below in this week’s Philly Local Philes, check out a stripped-down Power Animal performance this Thursday, Feb. 3, at Danger Danger Gallery, and catch them full-band style at The Ox on Feb. 19, opening for Grimace Federation and Circadian Rhythms.
If you hadn’t noticed by the header, this weekend is more than packed with good shows. And you can’t attend them all, which means you’ve got some decisions to make.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Philadelphia reverb-rock trio Moon Women opens (alongside Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers) for Detroit’s Tyvek in a No Wavelength show at 8 p.m. at Cha-cha’razzi. Given that the majority of tonight’s other shows feature local headliners (who’ll likely be playing again in the area much sooner than Tyvek or Eternal Summers will), it’s a good night to catch these two out-of-town acts. Also playing: Ladies Auxiliary at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5); Power Animal + Hello Shark, Taco Kitty, Snow Caps at Danger Danger Gallery (9 p.m., all ages, $5-$10); Grimace Federation + Caveman, Somata at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10).
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
Two of The Key’s favorites, Slutever (with Omar + Easter Vomit at Kung Fu Necktie; 7:30 p.m., $21, $5) and Grandchildren (with We Are Hex + Fake Babies, TRTL at The Ox; 8 p.m., $5) perform in relatively close proximity to each other on Saturday night. Meaning, if you plan your night accordingly, you can probably catch both. (Which we’d recommend.)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
Local ’60s-pop-inspired quartet The Armchairs perform with Horse’s Mouth + Virtual Virgin, Paper Masques at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $5).