by The Alchemist
Stray Fossa is a dream pop and indie rock band that is currently based in Charlottesville, VA. The band is comprised of brothers Nick and Will Evans, and Zach Blount. They gained a lot of their inspiration from their parents’ record collection, and first started performing in their hometown of Sewanee, Tennessee. After a six-year hiatus, their creative process has reemerged in the face of opposing artistic tastes yet shared obsession to make more sound than one would expect from a three-piece. They now go about their entire creative process in the attic of the band’s Charlottesville house.
Their newest track is titled, “For What Was” and it is one of our favorites we’ve heard in a while. It has some psychedelic rock feels, while it also has catchy pop-esque lyrics that easily get stuck in your head. The music of Stray Fossa is a combination of ominous guitar melodies and keys, that are complemented with a feeling of calming vocals that make you feel as if everything going wrong in the world will be alright. If you are a fan of Tame Impala, Stay Woozy, or D.C. band The Infinite Daisy Chains, then you should be sure to check out this track.
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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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