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UNLOCKED: Listen to an eclectic playlist from Philly’s Abi Reimold

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

All week long, we’ve been spotlighting singer-songwriter Abi Reimold and her terrific new album Wriggling. It’s a dynamic record, it’s an emotion-packed record. And that’s not just to say that it’s sad – though moments are quite sad – but rather that it captures the range of human emotion, from despondency and confusion to playful joy.

Thing is, beyond being a musician in her own right, Reimold is a huge fan of music – something that you can tell when you listen closely and dig into the record. In our review, we noticed bits of Cursive, Cocteau Twins and Creepoid. To conclude the series today, we asked Reimold to share five of her all-time favorite songs, and the list she gave us is equally eclectic; check it out below. Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: A conversation with Abi Reimold about creativity, context and ambition

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

When I first talked with Abi Reimold back in the fall about her forthcoming debut LP, she wasn’t quite sure how it was going to make its way into the world. She was talking shopping it around, she was talking self-release. She just knew that, since writing and recording on it began in 2014, she wanted to get it in people’s ears sooner rather than later.

What came as a surprise was the reception: being named an Artist to Watch by Stereogum, being featured in The Fader, being picked up by an emerging Hudson Valley record label, Sad Cactus.

“I’m just so blown away and so hashtag-blessed to have these people pay attention to me,” Reimold says with a laugh. “I feel like James [Rettig] from Stereogum and Leah [Mandel] from The Fader, we connected personally and they were very sincere and encouraging. I’m just blown away by everything.”

With the fantastic new album Wriggling out now (get your copy here) and some serious activity planned for the winter and spring – including a headlining album release party at Johnny Brenda’s – I sat down with Reimold to have a conversation about her background, her process and her goals. Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: Go inside Abi Reimold’s creative process in a short doc on Wriggling

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

All week we’ve been exploring Philly singer-songwriter Abi Reimold‘s remarkable new album Wriggling on Unlocked – The Key’s recurring spotlight on new and significant releases from Philadelphia artists. Today, we step back a little bit to let Reimold tell a little bit of her own story.

While she was in the studio working on Wriggling in 2014 and 2015, Reimold teamed up with local filmmaker Jay Miller to document the recording sessions. In the process, Miller wound up providing a candid window into Reimold’s creative process and imaginative spirit, from his video of her performing “Vessel” on a rooftop to the short documentary we’re thrilled to give you a first look at today. Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: The Key’s review of Abi Reimold’s Wriggling

Cover art to Abi Reimold's Wriggling | Photo courtesy of the artist
Cover art to Abi Reimold’s Wriggling | Photo courtesy of the artist

It should come as no surprise that, as a songwriter, Abi Reimold makes incredible use of imagery.

As we pointed out yesterday, we got to know her as a photographer before we knew her as a musician. Her visual style is one of incredible intimacy, one that gives you the sense that Reimold the person was able to completely disappear from a place in time, leaving instead Reimold the all-seeing eye to capture what’s happening around her: the brightness, the beauty, the grit, the sadness, the camaraderie and joy, all framed in one multifaceted, honest picture.

It stands to reason that an artist capable of this sort of feat – one that all visual artists, to some degree or another, aspire to – would also have a way with words. Even so, when Reimold opened her 2014 EP Forget with the lyric “Blood filling my shoes / everything I’ll lose / by letting you into my mind,” it was knock-down intense. There is so much going on there, sensory language and emotional detail, that you’re drawn in immediately, surrendering your imagination to descriptive language and evocative sounds that convey heavy states of introspection.

Today, Reimold’s debut LP Wriggling is out there in the world care of Sad Cactus Records, and this album – like her shorter releases leading up to it – has a way with words and sounds.  Continue reading →

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UNLOCKED: Listen to Abi Reimold get serene on “Machine”

Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

We’ve had a great vantage point from which to observe Philadelphia artist Abi Reimold these past few years. She’s a WXPN intern alumnus and an occasional contributing photographer for The Key – a tremendously talented one at that, who has covered festivals and studio sessions for us. We’ve also seen her forge her path as a singer and songwriter, from her 2013 Folkadelphia session to the release of 2014’s excellent Forget EP and her place in the lineup of our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses.

When Reimold sent over an early stream of her LP Wriggling last fall, it was clear something big was afoot, and when national press started picking up on it this winter, it felt less like the “exciting new artist” it may have seemed to them and more that of a hard-working songwriter getting her due. Continue reading →

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Listen to Abi Reimold’s “Vessel,” watch it performed on a rooftop

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Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly singer and songwriter Abi Reimold releases her debut LP Wriggling next week on Sad Cactus Records, and it’s an intense, emotional and engaging collection of songs that vary from the loudest louds to the the queietest quiets. She’ll give a taste of the record to folks who get there early to tonight’s Julien Baker show at Boot & Saddle – and we definitely encourage you to be one of those folks. Since Reimold performs solo tonght, the song “Vessel” from the album will give you a solid idea what to expect.

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Listen to Abi Reimold’s “Sugar,” see her open for Julien Baker at Boot and Saddle

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Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

We’ve been following Philly singer and songwriter Abi Reimold for a while now – ever since she worked for us a photography intern a few years back – and just like her images exhibit a remarkable depth and sensitivity, so does her music.

Reimold is releasing her debut full-length, Wriggling, this month via Sad Cactus records, and recently got the Artist to Watch treatment from Stereogum. In that story, she admitted that the album was written and recorded in late 2014, but she sat on it for a while because of the subject matter. Continue reading →

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Art, music and film on display at last ever Walla Fest

Straw Hats | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Straw Hats | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

For years, Walla Fest has brought local music fans consistent joy with their knack for putting together eclectic shows which are able to capture the sheer awesomeness of the Philly local music and art scene. During their time, they have given bands and artists like Alex G., Pine Barons, Mannequin Pussy, Vita and the Woolf and countless others the chance to shine and this December the folks at Walla Fest will be putting on their final event, this time at The Pharmacy, making it one you won’t want to miss out on.

As always, it is an event for art to thrive and will feature some truly rad performances. Headlining are punk-rockers Straw Hats, a side project for a couple of the guys from The Districts – who also headline the Tinseled Shut show last night. Joining them are singer-songwriter Abi Reimold, indie-pop up-and-comers Roof Doctor and many more. Continue reading →

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Listen to Abi Reimold cover “Standing In the Sun” by Jessica Lea Mayfield

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Abi Reimold | photo by Emily Kuhar

Abi Reimold and Jessica Lea Mayfield‘s musical paths cross at several points, one of which is their shared ability to turn bleak, heavy subject matter into darkly glimmering gems of songs. Reimold opened for Mayfield in Lancaster last month and has now posted a cover of the latter’s “Standing in the Sun” on Soundcloud.

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