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Resistance Calls: The Spider Ferns Release New Video

Posted by August 6th, 2016 No Comments »

By Patrick Galactic 

The Spider Ferns: husband/wife duo, purveyors of dark, fever-dreamy grooves and noted forest dwellers, have been steadily mining new sonic terrain since their inception.

Starting in 2013 with a folk-by-way-of-trip-hop vibe, the ‘Ferns greatly raised their downtempo game on Soon Enough, their debut full-length, in 2015. Tethered to an omnipresent electronic pulse, Kelly Fleek’s shimmering soprano weaves between the beats with artful precision.

Their follow-up EP, Safety, released in January, further refines that approach. “In Violet Bloom (feat. Audiosapien),” a standout track from the EP and the subject of a recently-released video, rings through as both despondent and defiant.

“Beneath the waves of fear and doubt, many voices fall”, Fleek sings before solemnly asserting that “resistance calls.” To me, it is a recognition that injustice against one weakens us all.

Sonically, the track features an aggressive bass groove and beat contrasted against a light Rhodes keyboard as Alton Fleek’s guitar fills in the gaps between verses with tastefully minimal melodies. The chord changes are also minimal. The band rides the groove and lets the synth-y strings add dynamic tension, giving Kelly Fleek’s vocals a free-flowing, stream-of-consciousness quality. At four minutes, The Spider Ferns bring the song to a close without it getting over repetitious.

Directed by John Theroux of CTPAK Film Crew, the video blends strong visual psychedelia with a commanding shot of Kelly Fleek singing directly to the viewer “We have lingered too long.”

“In Violet Bloom” leaves a lasting visual and auditory impression, greatly enhanced by repeat viewings.

Lyrics

In violet bloom of spring and tide

A resistance grows along

A distance measured in heavy footfalls

Crowning business, building walls

We have lingered too long

We have lingered too long

We have lingered too long

We have lingered too long

Beneath the waves of fear and doubt

Many voices fall

We are shattered if we do not respond

We will splinter and run

In violet bloom of spring and tide

A resistance grows along

Marching ever in heavy footfalls

Unifying, breaking walls

Resistance is ours

Resistance is ours

Resistance is ours

We have lingered too long

We have lingered too long

We have lingered too long

In violet bloom of spring and tide

Resistance calls

In violet bloom of spring and tide

Resistance calls

Resistance calls

Resistance calls

(Editor’s Note: NadaMucho.com included both The Spider Ferns and Patrick Galactic on our list of “41 Seattle Bands We’re Watching in 2015.” Since that time, we’ve met Patrick in person and cajoled him in to writing for us.) 


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