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Woven In releases surreal new visual EP, Razzmatazz

Woven In | still from video

Woven In, the enigmatic recording vehicle for songwriter and musical auteur Mariah Fortune, has released a new EP, Razzmatazz, and a surreal 20 minute video—created entirely by Fortune on her phone—to accompany it.

The EP fuses abstract indie rock songwriting with cold analog-synth textures and sparse, dadaistic lyrics reminiscent of avant-pop contemporaries Dean Blunt and John Maus. It’s a challenging, sometimes unsettling listen, but the unrelentingly tense atmosphere makes the few glimpses of pop familiarity all the more rewarding, particularly on opener “Hooptie” and the spaced out surf-rocker “Studio Burning.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woven In at Bourbon & Branch, Sad Heaven at Boot & Saddle, Dominic at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist
Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist

Working off of a small but mighty catalog of last year’s Highs and Ultra Lows and a pair of digital demo records, Woven In will bring their surfy post punk music to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Mariah Johnson and Brandon Ochs highlighted some even newer tracks in their Key Studio Session; stream “Lure” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Woven In

Mariah Johnson first caught our ear last September with a digital demo of moody, jagged, lo-fi pop called Feel. It was the first release of her solo project Woven In, which she founded in Florida before moving to Philadelphia last May. The tones are very gothic, the textures were reverberant and ominous, like eraly 80s records by The Cure. Upon arriving in town, she teamed up with drummer Brendan Och, played shows with Madalean Gauze and Straw Hats, and dropped another demo back in February called New City No Money (yielding some fantastic flickering visuals by Bob Sweeney on the song “Midriff”).

The buildup was all heading towards the Highs and Ultra Lows LP, her proper debut LP released last month on Bandcamp. The album continues to embody those haunting roots and melds them with swift and drifting Cramps-style guitar leads, leading Woven In to characterize itself as purveyors of dark surf anti-love songs. When they stepped into the studio this week for their Key Session, however, we heard and saw yet another step in their evolution. Continue reading →

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Listen to Woven In’s latest post-surf LP Highs and Ultra Lows

Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist
Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist

The very first sound that comes out of Highs and Ultra Lows is a quick rumble of drum hits that echo the opening of infamous surf-pop song “Wipe Out.” Bright guitar tones come in and you’re ready to hit the beach. But then the tempo slows down a little, and you realize Woven In songwriter Mariah Johnson is taking things in a very different direction.

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Watch Woven In’s frantic, fantastic 16mm film video for “Midriff”

Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist
Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly surf-punk minimalist Woven In caught our attention last year with driving, atmospheric jams and a raw guitar rawk energy. The latest from Mariah Johnson (guitar, vocals, songwriting) and Brandon Och (drums) is the propulsive video for a song called “Midriff,” which we caught over at Radio Static Philly the other day.

Directed by Bob Sweeney, the video is flickering, frenetic and fantastic, with black-and-white footage of Johnson and her guitar shot on 16mm film layered into a dreamlike double-exposure. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woven In at Kung Fu Necktie, Diana Ross at The Mann, Darla at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Woven In | Photo  by Matthew Moyer
Woven In | Photo by Matthew Moyer | via facebook.com/wovenin

Philly’s Mariah Johnson makes moody, jagged lo-fi pop under the name Woven In, and tonight she’s on a gig upstairs at Fishtown’s Kung Fu Necktie. Earlier this year, Woven In released the Feel LP, which you can listen to below; get more information on tonight’s show with Coin Purse and Straw Hats at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick & Friends to debut string quartet-woven “Bullfighter EP” at NYC’s (le) poisson rouge this December

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dr. Dog drummer, Lithuania rocker, solo Eric Slick extraordinaire — now let’s add string quartet composer to the list because why the heck not.

Expanding his personal project a tad further, on December 19th, Philly’s resident renaissance musician will be performing as Eric Slick & Friends to debut his “Bullfighter EP” to the world; which, as announced in the show’s Facebook event page, will feature additions of a string quartet. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wovenhand at Johnny Brenda’s, JD Malone and the Experts at Steel City Coffeehouse, Flaming Lips Freak Night screening at World Cafe Live

Wovenhand david #12 hi resDark Americana band Wovenhand headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Frontman David Eugene Edwards began the alternative folk / punk project in Colorado when his previous band, 16 Horsepower, was on hiatus.  The quartet has since released six studio albums, with the most recent offering being 2012’s The Laughing Stalk.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Wrekmeister Harmonies can be found here.  Stream the title track to The Laughing Stalk below.

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