Hundred Waters’ latest release, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, has been carrying us through 2015. We are fortunate to hear & see a lot of music, plenty of it electronic, that isn’t necessarily well crafted but it’s an easy listen – comparable to junk food, perhaps. Hundred Waters on the other hand satiates our need for substance with a sound that is refreshing & distinct. Don’t get us wrong, they’re plenty catchy, but that’s definitely not their endgame.
Nicole Miglis, a trained pianist, has the added bonus of the most enchanting & magical voice. Without relying on affectation, her voice takes you out of your world, grounding itself somewhere between Sade & Iceland. Having played music together for quite some time, their overall composition is complex & thoughtful, with unexpected (yet smooth) changes & odd time signatures, which make for utterly beautiful music. Having said this, we couldn’t miss them before their tour made its way to Austin for SXSW, so we took a quick road trip to catch them in Georgia. The performance was a visual delight, well equipped with a light show at The Earl, a cozy venue in East Atlanta.
First & foremost, let’s bring your attention to Miglis’s amazing, graphic, we-want-to-live-in-this jacket. She enters with this amazing quilted coat, set off by the band’s pink & purple said ‘light installation’. Exhibit B, her chunky white heels reminiscent of our middle school Delia*s dreams. Finally, the white fringed ensemble beneath the coat that moved just the way we imagine her voice probably would if it were a tangible thing. Like fringe in the wind. Angelic white fringe.
Fellow bandmates may not have been wearing amazing future clothes from outerspace (they’re dudes), but they provided just as much mystique with pillowy synths, unpredictable guitar & bass solos, & amazing energy. They played all the songs we wanted to hear, as well as an anticipated encore of ‘Xtalk’ – which we quickly learned that said out loud is actually pronounced ‘Cross Talk’ for all you fellow dummies out there.
Now that they’ve relocated from their homestate of Florida to LA & are signed to Skrillex’s label, OWSLA, Hundred Waters rolled out in style in a very official tour bus. Not to mention their song ‘Show Me Love’ premiered in a Coca-Cola commercial during this year’s Superbowl, so we’ve got some serious feelings that they’re about to blow up, & are so glad we had the opportunity to see them when we did! We danced, we cried, & we bought merch! Well worth the trip to Atlanta.