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Abi Reimold strips down “Your Shoes” in a new live video

Abi Reimold | photo courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo courtesy of the artist

With a record release show happening at Fishtown spot Hong Kong Garden tonight, local singer-songwriter Abi Reimold (who also photographs and contributes to The Key) has shared a bare-bones live performance of “Your Shoes” this week.  The song comes from her new Forget EP and this acoustic version features Mumblr’s Nick Morrison harmonizing with Reimold in a backyard.  Check out the video below, filmed by new Denver, PA based project Communion (not to be confused with this Communion).  More information for the release show can be found here.

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Singer-songwriter Abi Reimold celebrates her EP release this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden

Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philly-based songstress Abi Reimold – also a photographer and occasional contributor to The Key – will celebrate the arrival of her new EP FORGET this Saturday at Hong Kong Garden and the new set of tracks isn’t dark for dark’s sake; it’s beauty and pain all rolled into one haunting confessional. There’s even a sense of fear on “Forget” as she repeats “I’m scared I’ll forget you” over a fleeting guitar riff ascends into fuzzy reverb before ending with a few solemn bass notes. Get the EP here and more details on the show here. Listen to “Your Shoes” below.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Creepoid, Bleeding Rainbow, Abi Reimold

 

Photo by Dominique Montgomery
Photo by Dominique Montgomery

Bleeding Rainbow stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session in support of their new record Interrupt.  As Key editor John Vettese writes, “[it’s] not their easiest to listen to – at turns it can be raw, biting, forlorn, enraged and rarely poppy – but it’s undoubtedly the truest to where the band is at artistically…” and these live tracks capture all of those emotions and personalities.

Philadelphia musician Abi Reimold released her new EP Forget.  The name-your-own-price effort is reminiscent of both PJ Harvey and Angel Olsen, with Reimold plunging into the depths of heartbreaking lyrics and dream-like vignettes.  Stream and download “Morning” below and get the full EP here.

Boston psych-rock outfit Quilt returned to the XPN studios for the first repeat session in Folkadelphia history.  On the heels of releasing their sophomore record Held in Splendor, the trio. along with a touring bassist, recorded a three-song set of expansive and comforting new songs.  Take a listen and download below.  Revisit the band’s first session here.

Revolution, I Love You, a pop-tinged rock band out of Philadelphia, released their new EP The Atlantic Ocean.  The duo looked to many different genres for inspiration, saying the EP “is influenced as much by The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, and Big Star as they are by the electronica and hip hop artists whose influence was so prevalent on Revolution, I Love You’s earlier recordings.”  Stream and download it below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key dug into Creepoid‘s new self-titled LP.  We were introduced to the record on Monday with a free download of “Baptism,” described as having “a spiraling riff that drags you through the mire down to the water.”  Stream and download it below and check out the rest of the week-long feature here.

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“Chilling and Igniting”: Stream Abi Reimold’s new EP Forget

Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist

“I’m scared I’ll forget you” are the lone words sung by local musician Abi Reimold on the title track of her new EP Forget, released today through Bandcamp.  At just a few seconds longer than one minute, it’s the shortest song on the five-song EP and yet it embodies the record’s universal truth both sonically and lyrically, stripping it down to its unadorned core before the letting the context of its surrounding tracks wash over.

Across all five songs there is this sense of impending change, a calm before the storm, as each one builds to a pivotal final thought.  Often Reimold is grasping for something just out of reach or right before it slips away, whether it’s “you” like on “Forget” or an emotion on “Burn,” a former self on “Morning.” Using dark imagery broken into sentence shards like a shattered mirror, she examines basic human instincts and conditions like fight or flight, fear and love, life and death, though she does it more poetically and strikingly than most of her peers.  This isn’t a melodramatic meditation on “the big questions,” though, by any means.  Forget is artful, complex, challenging and uncomfortable at times, and the scenes constructed by the vivid lyrics will stay with you.

Backed by friends Nick Morrison and Scott Stitzer from Mumblr on drums, bass and Jesse Kennedy on guitar, Reimold has elevated the production on this effort, incorporating more instruments and elements with her signature looping, swelling and harmonizing that she usually manages to do solo.  But the EP benefits from the fullness of instrumentation.  From the crushing crescendo of “Morning” to the taunting repetitions of “Your Shoes,” Forget is a simultaneously chilling and igniting release from Reimold that pulls in the best fragments of her earlier single releases to create something full of unexpected shifts and lyrics that warrant much consideration.  Stream the EP below and get a name-your-own-price download here.

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Folkadelphia Sessions: Andrea Tomasi & Johanna Warren (performing at Random Tea Room on Sat. 2/1)

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Photo by Fred Knittel

Without exaggeration, if you continue down this page to the music player, you will hear two of our favorite Folkadelphia Sessions that we’ve recorded. Well, technically, it’s one session from two awe-inspiring and up-and-coming songwriters. Andrea Tomasi and Johanna Warren, both Northeasterners and on tour together, visited us at the end of October 2013 during their stop in Philadelphia. They return for another Folkadelphia Concert presentation this Saturday, February 1st at the Random Tea Room with Philly’s Abi Reimold.

My discovery of the two musicians happened organically, through the beauty of word-of-mouth recommendation. I received an email from Nate Krenkel of Team Love Records telling me about this amazing songwriter he had been following and would be working with soon. Then he sent me Andrea Tomasi’s album. Tracked outdoors on the Shawangunk Ridge at Minnewaska State Park in New York, the album blends nature, song, and recording together in a quiet but powerful way. Tomasi gives a voice to the trees, the insects, and the Appalachian spirit. It has been crystalized and digitized for us to hear.

It so happened that Tomasi was working on an autumn tour with a musical collaborator, Johanna Warren, and we communicated about setting a concert up in Philadelphia, which we soon did. I had the distinct impression that I had previously listened to Warren, some kind of sonic deja vu. After a time, I remembered that during college, a friend of mine frequently recommended a band called Sticklips to me, a group in which Warren is a key member. Is it coincidence or perhaps our musical destinies interwining? Who can say. The compositions that comprise Warren’s Fates release have hooks that pull you in and don’t let go; we hear the deadly beauty of a siren’s song.

Together, particularly at the live show, the musicians have unbelievable chemistry. Tomasi and Warren draw from the forest and its sounds and silences. They are two woodland deities, mythological elementals, spinning moss-covered stories and sap-scented spells through song.

Their albums, both solo debuts, steadily became two of my favorite releases of last year and continue to be frequently revisited. I hope that you will use these Folkadelphia Sessions to discover two extraordinary and uncommon songwriters. These sessions not only feature collaborative performances, but also unreleased tracks.


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The entrancing Johanna Warren and Andrea Tomasi, a Pete Seeger tribute and more, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

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Andrea Tomasi singing and Johanna Warren on flute

It just so happens that one of the best concerts I went to in 2013 was one that I put together. During the evening, two Northeastern-based songsmiths performed and blew the audience and me away. We were entranced. These musicians were Johanna Warren and Andrea Tomasi, two up-and-coming singer-songwriters who released jaw-dropping gorgeous debut solo albums last year.

On this episode of Folkadelphia, we’ll premiere a segment from their album-sized session that they recorded when they were last in Philadelphia. This Saturday, February 1st, they both return to the Random Tea Room for another Folkadelphia Presents concert.

Watch an Orchard Session featuring Johanna Warren and Andrea Tomasi (with Talia Billig):
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Listen to “What Child,” a Christmas song from Abi Reimold

Abi Reimold | photo by Carl David Yost
Abi Reimold | photo by Carl David Yost

Local musician (and contributing photographer for The Key) Abi Reimold has recorded a version of the Christmas classic “What Child Is This” for a holiday compilation released by Slovakian blog Starttracker and label Z-Tapes.  Originally written by William Chatterton Dix and set to the melody of “Greensleeves,” this version of the carol is refocused through Reimold’s unique vocal delivery and a crescendo of layered guitar harmonies.  It’s the perfect soundtrack for a dark, snowy night. Stream the recording below and check out the full compilation here.