Whim: Stealing Sheep, Night Moves Create Psych-Folk

Whim is a collection of media focused on independent rock/pop/garage and everything surrounding it. Two autumnal records are on the horizon, courtesy of Midwest musicians Night Moves and Merseyside, UK’s Stealing Sheep. Lots of satisfaction that you can feel in your bones here, as both bands transmute psychedelic habits into burnt country backdrops to create mesmerizing, earthy tracks.

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Night Moves

Minneapolis musicians Night Moves remind one of Portugal. The Man‘s Americana-influenced psych rock on their latest singles, “Headlights” and “Country Queen”. Speaking vaguely about feeling directionless, the band questions personal comforts (“I just don’t know who I am”) while simultaneously providing comfort in the form of gentle falsetto mantras (“It’s alright”) that bring the song to a slow and smooth close. Their debut album, Colored Emotions, comes out October 16th on Domino Records. Full tracklisting and tour dates to follow.

 

COLORED EMOTIONS TRACKLISTING
01. Headlights
02. Country Queen
03. In The Rounds
04. Only A Child
05. Cosmic Titties
06. Old Friends
07. Put Out Your Shoulder
08. Horses
09. Classical Hearts
10. Colored Emotions

NIGHT MOVES TOUR DATES
Jul 07 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
Jul 13 Madison, WI – The Terrace at UW-Madison (w/ Wild Nothing)
Jul 14 Chicago, IL – Schubas (w/ Father John Misty)
Jul 17 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s Oasis (w/ Cloud Nothings)
Jul 20 Sioux Falls, SD – Orpheum Theater (w/ We All Have Hooks For Hands)
Jul 21 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave (w/ Jeremy Messersmith and Greycoats)
Jul 30 Minneapolis, MN – Loring Park Music and Movies
Aug 11 Stillwater, MN – Square Lake Film & Music Festival

 

Stealing Sheep

Psych-folk flows on with UK musicians Stealing Sheep, who, in this witchy video for “I Am The Rain”, walk through forests of smoke to greet sunsets and orbs of light. Equally compelling is the band’s gritty stop-motion video for “Shut Eye”, which thunders, rhythm-heavy, past porcelain dolls and paper cut-outs, into fields of singing faeries. The trio’s debut record, Into The Diamond Sun, will be released on September 4th, on Heavenly Recordings and Cooperative Music. Full tracklisting below.

Stealing Sheep – “I Am The Rain”

Director/Editor/Colourist : Jack Whiteley
Cinematography : Jack Whiteley & Luís Santos
Production Assistant/Mad Props : Sophie Meadley
Costumes : Maria Olmos & Frances Heap
FX : Sebastian Brueckner
Transport : Chris Gjertsen

Stealing Sheep – “Shut Eye”

Animation by Rivkah Gevinson

INTO THE DIAMOND SUN TRACKLISTING
1. The Garden
2. Shut Eye
3. Rearrange
4. White Lies
5. Genevieve
6. Circles
7. Gold
8. Shark Song
9. Live Up
10. Tangled Up In Stars
11. Bear Tracks

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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