MYLITTLEBROTHER, based in Cumbria (Northern England), had been honing their live sound across the UK, with gigs including the British Sea Power-curated Krankenhaus festival, a headline slot at Kendal Calling, and gigs supporting the likes of Glasvegas and Juniore. The communal, celebratory energy of the live group is instantly winning : it was a mesmerizing set from the band in Liverpool back in 2016 that converted Big Stir Records founders Christina and Rex into permanent mlb fanatics – and that chemistry is all over Howl, the forthcoming album (available October 30 from Big Stir Records and available for pre-order). The album shares the title of the dark pop single, “Howl,” the music video for which just went live last week.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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