The Nichols Family Gospel Hour – Self-Titled Album Review

Experimental in its approach and haunting in its delivery, this album sounds a little bit like what a videogame or a film that was recorded from start to finish would sound like. Interludes with sounds of digging, distant voices, and police sirens make sure the album has no opportunity to be monotonous. These guys are quite obviously adept musicians who understand how to write quality songs using violin, piano, and guitar. In the press release we received, band member Darren Nichols comments on their music, saying, “I really have no idea what it is or what genre it would fall under.” And that’s why this album is so damn interesting and great. It seems like they have a story to tell, and the execution is excellent.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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