If you haven’t become familiar with the following artists and musicians, i’d be happy to say they’re not only playing a show together, but that we’re premiering the collaborate audio/video feature above featuring all three.
Next Sunday July 30th, join Arthur Moon, Hite, and Raia Was live from Baby’s All Right. Gracie and Rachel are joining the bill for a guest DJ set, making it a holistic night of boundary pushing and getting down on the dance floor.
When WNYC plugged Arthur Moon, (moniker of composer/singer Lora-Faye Åshuvud) as “an artist bent on upending your expectations of what a pop song should sound like,” I was intregied. Åshuvud doesn’t shy away from creating order out of chaos, sometimes she writes her lyrics using cut up newspaper and magazine articles, and describes the process as collage-like. Songs like “Wind Up” marry together the avant lyrical nature of a beat poet with the sonic and at times pop elements of Feist and Zero7. It makes sense to have the dream-like sensibilities of Hite join the bill. Hite brings a slight touch of southern indie-pop, baroque and dance elements while Raia Was brings a jazzier musicality, ripe for a stew that sounds pretty damn delicious.
Elevtr Trax sat down with Lora-Faye aka Arthur Moon and the aforementioned Raia Was to delve more into the workings of a collaborative show.
How did you all come to know about each other?
I’d heard Julia’s name bandied about in high esteem by friends and collaborators for many years, but I hadn’t really heard her music until somebody in my band sent me Hite’s “Light,” which is such an exceptional song/recording/performance. I’ve seen her live once or twice since then, and she’s always got something surprising up her sleeve.
How and why did the idea behind the show formulate?
I really love the warm, magical vibe of Baby’s All Right, so putting this bill together has been a total pleasure. It feels particularly special to us since Arthur Moon will be premiering some new, unreleased material that night. And of course having Raia Was and Hite on board (and–surprise!–a DJ set from the band Gracie & Rachel) makes the whole thing feel like a celebration.
What’s it like creating new music on the fly with people you’ve never played with before?
Dreamy. We started with a recording of a broken dishwasher and ended up with like 4 minutes of the sound of Julia’s roommate’s upside down bicycle, and then laid down some vocals as an afterthought.