Floating Room – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – September 4th, 2018

Floating Room

Local gray pop shredders' benefit show for Pixie Project and Babehoven EP release

Floating Room

Babehoven, Layperson

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Floating Room
Floating Room
The opening track of Floating Room’s sophomore album, False Baptism, is sung from two perspectives: that of a dog who longs for freedom, and that of its master, who fears losing control. “I don’t like how weak I am,” the dog laments, “when I’m with you.”

Despite all the talk about leashes and parks, “Dog” captures the very human experience of feeling limited by someone else. Led by Maya Stoner, Floating Room’s excellent 2016 debut, Sunless, sifted through the emotional wreckage of an abusive relationship. False Baptism does too, but with clearer eyes—processing trauma can take a lifetime, so obviously, it can also take multiple records.

Floating Room began as the bedroom recording project of Stoner and her partner Kyle Bates, who share vocal/guitar/synth duties, and has since expanded to include drummer Sonia Weber of goth rockers Alien Boy and an ensemble of collaborators and live members. Stoner has been an active member of Portland’s music community for the past 13 years, playing in bands (including Bates’ project Drowse, as well as the now-defunct groups Forest Park and Sabonis), booking shows, and co-running indie label Good Cheer Records. False Baptism was recorded by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown, an old church-turned-recording studio in Anacortes, Washington, owned by Wilbur and Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie.
Babehoven
Babehoven
Babehoven is the recording project of Portland via LA songwriter Maya Bon. Rhythm duo Skylar Pia (bass) and Elias Williamson (drums) bring an updated and polished perspective to Bon’s intimate soft pop with conspicuously indie-folk roots. The trio began playing shows together while in college together at Lewis & Clark. Sleep was recorded the week after graduation with classmates (and label mates) Harrison Smith and Jesse Robertson (of Turtlenecked).

Songs like “Five Times Rule” and title track “Sleep” are peppy professions of self reflection while songs like “Out of This Country” and “Bathtub” are elegant, grand expressions of contemplation. Striking vulnerability lays to bear as the band wanders from sincere and subdued to grandiose and emotional in the course of only five songs on their debut EP. The lead single "Out Of This Country" was featured on Spotify's main Fresh Finds playlist and The Grey Estates referred to it as "One hell of an introduction"
Layperson
Layperson
Layperson is the brainchild of Julian Morris, an integral member of Portland acts Little Star and Post Moves. Layperson’s sound is reflected in softer folk-pop, with honeyed harmonies, jangly guitars, and revelatory lines which he hopes echo the “dead-on, salt of the earth” lyrics of artists like Iris DeMent and Townes Van Zandt. Morris’s songs resonate with the kind of infectious, wide-eyed joy that sounds ready for whatever’s next.