Live Concert Photography: Magic Sword with Teeel and Krychek at The Knitting Factory 10/8/16
Between having a full-time job, running this site full-time and having a social life, things can be extremely busy in my world; but earlier this month I caught at night of electro pop and electro rock at Williamsburg’s The Knitting Factory that featured Boise, ID-based multimedia project Magic Sword, TEEEL, the solo recording project of Trenton, NJ-based electronic music producer, artist, singer/songwriter Jim Smith and Krycek, a Brooklyn-based electro pop that has received some attention across the blogosphere for the release of several singles.
Led by the mysterious and somewhat anonymous music producer and comic illustrator Shay Plummer, Magic Sword is a Boise, ID-based multimedia project that employs the use of music and comics to tell the mythical story of the Magic Sword, a weapon of infinite power, let to be guarded by an enigmatic and mysterious character simply known as The Keeper. And in the world that Plummer and his collaborators have created, The Keeper bursts out from his comic book world and into the real world to bring the disciples of the Magic Sword together for a cinematic and energetic live experience.
With the release of their 2012 full-length debut Magic Sword, Volume 1, which also featured a comic created by Plummer, the masked producer and his masked cohorts quickly received attention across Idaho and the rest of the Rocky Mountain region; in fact over the following 18 months, the project played sold out shows at some of Boise’s biggest and most renowned clubs, shared bills with Odesza and Slow Magic and played at 2013’s Treefort Music Fest. Following a series of street-level guerrilla concerts in Portland, and four tracks appearing in GoPro’s Streets of Japan documentary, the act began to receive international attention, which also lead to their participation in the Hotline Miami 2 video game soundtrack, as well as the re-release of Magic Sword, Volume One through renowned indie label Tender Loving Empire.
Earlier this year, Plummer and his collaborators partnered with Steve Angello’s Size Records for Volume One’s follow up — a series of episodic EPs, accompanied by comics that tell subsequent installments of the Magic Sword mythology, with the first of the EPs Legend released earlier this year and the second installation slated for release around the end of the year. Interestingly, the act’s sound manages to bear a resemblance to John Carpenter’s futuristic soundtrack and to French electronic act Chateau Marmont, as their sound possesses a cinematic quality, as though it should be part of a post-apocalyptic/retro-futuristic thriller.
The act is finishing up a lengthy US tour, which ends this week. Check out the tour dates below.
10.26 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
10.27 Portland, OR Daze of the Dead Fest
Earlier this year, I caught TEEEL open for Stockholm, Sweden-born and based indie dream pop sensation Summer Heart at The Knitting Factory and if you’ve been frequenting this site since then — or even longer, perhaps — you may recall that the project, the brainchild of the aforementioned Trenton, NJ-based electronic music producer, artist, singer/songwriter and founder of Synth Records and www.iheartsynths.com, Jim Smith has gained a national and international profile with the release of his first two TEEEL albums Amulet and University Heights, as both albums drew from early-mid 80s synth pop, dream wave, electronic rock and New Wave. While the project is a studio project, Smith is joined by guitarist Stephen Chladniček, who fleshes out the project’s live sound.
Opening the night was the Brooklyn-based electronic music producer, artist and DJ Krycek. And with the release of his critically applauded full-length debut, the Brooklyn-based electronic music producer, artist and DJ achieved a growing national profile for a sound that blogs like Buzzfeed, Fresh Beats 365 and others compared the Brooklyn-based artist’s sound to Nine Inch Nails and CHVRCHES. Now, while those are fair comparisons to me, his single “My Limit,” which I wrote about earlier this year, reminded me quite a bit of Sneaker Pimps, Portishead and Tobacco while also nodding at hip-hop.
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