Florida: Hundred Waters
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: “Boreal”
With tight-knit music scenes in Orlando, Tallahassee, and Gainesville, Florida arguably has one of the most burgeoning undergrounds at the moment: Hear Hums’ huge experimental chants and drums, Levek’s Lefse Records soul-pop, Michael Parallax’s spiritual synth songs. Even amid such a fertile scene, Hundred Waters stand out as not just one of the best local acts, but one of the tightest groups going in this country right now. The five-piece’s debut LP, Hundred Waters, pressed by the excellent DIY label Elestial Sound, plays with folksy harmonies and metallic shimmering in a rare way that sounds delicate and complex all at once. All five members contributed to the meticulous songwriting of this artfully crafted, ambient avant-pop album. With multiple singers, plus piano, cello, guitars, various forms of electronics, and percussion, songs like “Gather” and “Caverns” teeter between ethereal and haunting._Liz Pelly
Record Label You Should Know:
Relief in Abstract
The kids who run this Orlando label might be just out of high school, but they’re already one of the most productive labels in town, releasing music by XXYYXX, Fortune Howl, and GRANT.