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PREMIERE: Power Animal’s “Soil” is a piece of intricately engineered genius

Power Animal | photo courtesy of the artist
Power Animal | photo courtesy of the artist

Power Animal‘s latest single before the release of their album Good Wind Pt. 1 on November 10th is an eclectic mix of fun pop samples and soulful vocals. And the story behind the song’s conception is cool, too. “[Soil] is built around a sample from a cassette tape I found of an elderly couple recording their choir practice. Also a percussive loop that I sampled from a song by my friend Botany,” says Keith Hampson. If you listen closely, you can hear all of those intricate cassette tape sounds in the beginning. It’s a really fun track. Continue reading →

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Power Animal wraps us in a buzzing electric blanket of comfort with “Light Elating Everything”

Power Animal | photo courtesy of artist

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.

Set for a Nov. 10th release date via the band’s charity label Human Kindness Overflowing, today we hear the beautiful first track titled, “Light Elating Everything.” Continue reading →

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Power Animal and Eskimeaux team up on “3 Months And a Week”

Power Animal | photo by Mac Whalen | via facebook.com/pwranml

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.

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Magic Death Sounds announces line-up for annual block party with Power Animal, APHRA, Jo Kusy and more

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Jo Kusy | photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Musicians On Call Benefit ft. Brian Fitzy at Brittingham’s Pub, Power Animal at Bourbon and Branch

Brian Fitzy | photo via brianfitzy.bandcamp.com
Brian Fitzy | photo via brianfitzy.bandcamp.com

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 →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Ganou, Marisa Anderson, Power Animal

marisaFolkadelphia 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

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Power Animal’s Keith Hampson shares thoughts on mental illness, new track “Unkept”

Power Animal | photo via imposemagazine.com

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.

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Philly Local Philes: Power Animal’s “Exorcism”

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.

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Philly Local Philes: Power Animal’s “Better Water”

Power AnimalA 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.