BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Marian Hill

Marian Hill

Aaron & The Spell, Elegant Animals

Tue, February 25, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Marian Hill
Marian Hill
Philadelphia electronic pop duo Marian Hill return on December 2 with a pair of new tracks - "Got It" and "Lips" - that demonstrate two very different sides of their ever-maturing craft.

Comprised of Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting), the pair’s roots can be traced back as far as a middle school talent show that saw Lloyd - the son of a conductor and an opera singer - hear Gongol sing for the first time. Many a moon down the line, following a stint studying music composition at college for Lloyd while Gongol was cutting her teeth in New York as a songwriter, the pair reunited in the former’s bedroom studio.

"Got It" and "Lips", the latest offerings from the duo, might be the finest syntheses of their output to date. Working under a modus operandi to fuse the simplicity of timeless songwriting with the dexterous craft of modern pop production, "Got It" finds itself in the middle of a head-on collision between sultry soul and whirring synth brass. "Lips", meanwhile, goes straight for the romantic jugular - flitting between emotive electronica and jittery, after-hours RnB.

Citing influences ranging from Cole Porter to Kanye, from Ella Fitzgerald to Drake, while many artists define themselves by the mixture of inspirations they’ve concocted, Marian Hill go one step further: fusing disparate sources into a compound sound that’s hard to imagine ever having been apart.
Aaron & The Spell
Aaron Brown's bold sensitivity as a vocalist and a songwriter has garnered him favorable comparisons to Amos Lee, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Ben Harper. The Philly-based artist draws from a refreshingly eclectic blend of blues, folk, rock n' roll, and his hometown's distinguished heritage of soul and, more recently, indie rock. Performing as Aaron & The Spell, his captivating solo acoustic performances and incendiary full-band outings have helped him build an impressive profile among audiences and critics alike. Bruce Warren, WXPN (from NPR Music, 10 Artists You Should Have Known) raves: "Singer-songwriter Aaron Brown is an exciting new name to add to the lineage of the city's expressive and emotionally intense soul singers."

Aaron & The Spell's debut, Sing, includes a stunning mix of honeyed ballads and simmering soul. The album was written during an emotionally raw time when Brown's previous band broke up, his longtime relationship unraveled, and he moved to a new town. He took solace in crafting Sing and there is a soulful catharsis to songs like "Don't Cry," which has been played regularly on WXPN, and "A Beating Heart," which recently won the Independent Music Award in the Adult Contemporary Song category. Brown has also been nominated for a Tri State Indie Music Award, named "Artist to Watch" in 2013 by Ticket Magazine/Montgomery Media, and listed as one of the "10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012" on NPR Music.
Elegant Animals
Elegant Animals
Elegant Animals is a Philadelphia-based electronic group with roots in organic soul, r&b and hip hop. Since forming in 2012, the group has explored new sounds by fusing traditional pop structures with elements of unexpected psychedelia and a live set that includes an expanded group of musicians and instruments.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com