Told Slant is an indie rock/indie folk/indie punk recording project based in Brooklyn. The band is really not much more than a “solo” project of Eskimeaux drummer Felix Walworth, who is also a founding member of the Epoch Music collective. Walworth prefers the gender neutral pronouns “They” and “them”. They do all of the recording themselves, but when they perform live, Walworth is joined by fellow Epoch members Gabrielle Smith out of Eskimeaux and Emily Sprague out of Florist. Walworth also plays drums in both of those bands and also in another band called Bellows.
As a bit of trivia that will NEVER come up at your local trivia night, Walworth’s father Danny was in a band with Thurston Moore before Moore formed Sonic Youth.
Walworth has a familiar style of singing that might remind the listener of some pretty varied singers. I can hear bits of Matt Pond, bits of Eric Bachmann (not for his work in Archers of Loaf, but for his work in Crooked Fingers). Some reviewers say that the entire Told Slant package reminds them of Bon Iver, or maybe to Bonnie “Prince” Billie.
Told Slant released one album called Still Water in August of 2012, and the sophomore album Going By will be out on June 16 via Double Double Whammy Records. I’ve been getting stuff in the mailbag, and it’s finally time to share what I’ve been hearing.
Here’s the video for tonight’s song:
“Tsunami” by Told Slant
I like the imperfections in the vocals. Of course I love the coed vocal parts in the chorus. I love the banjo. I love that it’s impossible to put this song into a convenient cubby-hole. It’s a little bit of several different genres, and it all mixes together well. This song reminds me a bit of Group of the Altos, who were one of my favorites of Hopscotch 2012.
The album will be out on June 16, and you can pre-order it via DDW here.
Told Slant just started a US tour, which will go through the middle of July. Details are here.