Walking Shapes

Weekly Feature: Walking Shapes headlines The Deli's Indie Pop CMJ Stage on 10.25

Walking Shapes is the sort of band we would task with converting even the most die-hard dance adverse. Their songs tow that careful line between electronic and instrumental dance pop, and while meticulously programmed still manage to capture the electricity of a live band. Walking Shapes is thus an incredibly fluid band. The songs they play can begin ebullient and bubbly, then take a sudden turn towards the explosively propellant, before exploding into bright and spacey fractals, the sonic equivalent of closed eyed kaleidoscope. The result is songs hopeful and earnest with a broad vision.

Read Emilio Herce's Interview with Walkling Shapes
See Walking Shapes live at The Deli's Indie Pop CMJ Stage on Saturday 10.25 at Spike Hill 

   

Walking Shapes's new video for 'Feel Good'

We really enjoyed Walking Shapes's first single Pusher, which came out in 2013, and we were quite eagerly waiting for new material. So far in 2014 the band raised their profile by playing a series of important shows (including a packed one at Music Hall of W'burg) and delivering new single "Feel Good" (video streaming) that didn't disappoint, shifting their left-to-center sound slightly more to the center. The Brooklyn quintet plays a brand of avant pop vaguely reminiscent of Here We Go Magic for its impressionistic quality and alto male vocals, but doesn't mind the occasional burst of distorted guitars, like testified by recent track Woah Tiger - another quality tune

   

Walking Shapes releases LP “Taka Come On” + plays 24 NYC shows in 24 hours

So here I am in the UK, obsessed with the idea of moving to New York, and stuck without a visa unless I become a running, funny nun, and New York keeps pounding out bands like Walking Shapes. Not only are the Brooklyn five piece really bloody good, they gig as frequently as the tube is delayed (often), with a run of 24 gigs in different NYC locations in 24 hours coming up – on April 24th no less! Stop teasing me!

New album “Taka Come On” features thirteen songs of varying styles and sounds, exploring different routes to kick off a whole chain of neural responses that end in fizzing contentedness, via undulating emotional trajectory. Fuzzed geometric guitars wend under a melodic contour of clean keys, and there are jangly pop moments in counterbalance to darker EDM sounds. Opener and latest single “Woah Tiger” sees complex twiddling keys from Jake Generalli and a spoken singing style from Nathaniel Hoto, a pick’n’mix of sonic refractions and experiments that never veers into chaos, evoking comparisons with Late of the Pier. “Winter Fell” (see the video streaming below) hints at the busy yet lonely dynamic of the city, with what sounds like morphed emergency service sirens, while “Mussolini” suggests from its delicate chords and rolling rhymes that it should be a love song – but of course things are never so straight forward. The addition of a violin via Jessie Kotansky is genius, and the instrument is given a prominent position where least expecting, adding a haunting delineation and softening the sometimes caustic blows. - Francesca Baker

   

Weekly Feature: Walking Shapes unveil video for 'Horse'

Never straying too far into experimentation or playing it too safe with conventionality, Walking Shapes do a very good job of caring for the audience. Whether this is intentional or not, it doesn’t really matter because the Shapes accomplish the ever difficult task of creating their own musical world, a complex sonic universe that is far from predictable. With a lineup looking like you traditional rock band - two guitars, bass, drums- the quartet creates arrangements so layered that it’s hard to remember that. This band has unpredictability on their side, and a great vocalist - always good allies in pop music. Check out their new video for "Horse below. - LINK: Jack McGovern's interview with Walking Shapes.

   

Walking Shapes debut video for "Keep" + play Knit on 09.03

Orchestral poppers Walking Shapes, fresh off a July Pianos residency, just unveiled the video for single "Keep" - the single is streaming below, check out the video here - nudity alert if you are at the office! The band will be playing at The Knitting Factory  on September 3.