Also known as one of our SXSW Artist Spotlights, the cinematic band Exitmusic recently released their video for "Passage." These guys refuse to make music videos anything less than intensely rousing short films (also see their video for "The Sea"). Why not, though? Especially when your lead singer (Aleksa Palladino) was once cast in a Martin Scorcese series.
Look for their debut album, Passage, to drop May 22.
Bare legs and beautiful people, music blasting from every doorway, epic parties with blow up rafts for crowd surfing, and more good eats than you can count on your fingers and toes, South by Southwest (SXSW) is the epitome of camp for adults. Above, take a little peek into our time at SXSW with this photo slideshow from some of our favorite shows!
We'll leave you with a couple fun top 5 lists of our SXSW highlights - our top 5 performances and our top 5 places to eat!
Top 5 Performances
Alice Smith - The woman can sing her behind off, first of all. Every time we've seen her perform it's all heart and soul - you watch her feel the spirit and are compelled to be moved by it right alongside her. Just epic. She also sang a few new cuts off of her upcoming album that will be coming out this year - and yes, they are amazing.
Michael Kiwanuka - Another magnificent voice. As we walked up the stairs to the church Michael was performing in, we couldn't help but find ourselves in disbelief yet again at the voice emanating from the stairway and the walls - we had to be in a time warp, right? Was that voice really coming of this humble young man in 2012? Once we entered the room of jam packed pews, we became witnesses to our seeming fantasy becoming reality. Simply beautiful.
THEESatisfaction - So much flavor and heaps of attitude, these ladies are entertainers. With lyrics about bisexuality and racial identity, they also aren't afraid to push the envelope and talk about things that actually matter. The melodic, often dense, dark, throbbing sound enraptures you like you never knew how you were without it before.
Erykah Badu - Anyone that's seen a few Badu shows knows that no one show is ever the same. The lady can fill up a stadium with charm enough to make you think she was your homegirl talking just to you. In her home state, Erykah does not play - at all. The energy was the livest of live and we took it all in.
Rick Ross - Rawse at the Fader Fort. What else is there really left to say? Call and responses reduced to grunts and a hysterical crowd of hipster fans = everything you'll ever need in life.
Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church initially came together at the age of 18, when they met on a train in Canada and were inexplicably compelled to each other. Having been a couple for over a decade now must surely contribute to the near palpable magic that these two create together with bandmates Dru Prentiss (drums) and Nicholas Shelestak (electronic sounds).
Exitmusic certainly commanded the stage this year at SXSW with a whopping eight shows. We caught the band at the Filter Magazine x Dickies party at a wide open outdoor venue on a gorgeous Austin evening. The crowd was packed and the energy emanating to and fro the stage was that of an ethereal trance: sways and closed lids amongst soothing wails and pulsing, crackling rhythms. It's exciting to think about the heights this group can reach.
"We want our music to confront people in a gentle but powerful way, to make them feel something,” says Devon Church of Brooklyn electro-rock outfit Exitmusic. There is indeed something highly emotive and stirring about this group. Just listen to the opening track, "The Sea," in the live studio performance video of their four track From Silence EP above, and you'll get it. The official video for the track that we posted several months back is something serious.
Lead singer Aleksa drives the point home when she shares her inspiration in "voices that have character and really tell a story on their own," such as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Her mother, an acclaimed opera singer, is also an influence from which she draws her skill in delivering those raw, shiver inducing vocals that give us life and take it away, all in one breath.
New York City duo Exitmusic consists of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church, who will be releasing their first EP, From Silence, on October 4th. The music is hauntingly beautiful ambient rock, with touches of Björk and The Kills. Brace yourself for the eerily captivating video for "The Sea" above - it evokes quite the mood.
Exitmusic will be playing a special residency at NYC’s Pianos this summer - don't miss it!
7/26/11 New York, NY @ Pianos
8/3/11 New York, NY @ Pianos