The Moon Rang Like a Bell

The Moon Rang Like a Bell

Featuring four college friends from Gainesville, Fla., Hundred Waters are an unlikely signing to Skrillex's OWSLA label, home to such EDM big shots as Porter Robinson and Zedd. Instead of dubstep bombast, this four-piece traffic in ethereal post-rock, a mix of soaring ambient textures, melancholic synth melodies, and fidgety rhythms, all anchored by Nicole Miglis' seraphic vocals. With its celestial strings and deep bass, "Cavity" evokes Portishead, while the stuttering beats and airy melodies of "Xtal" (plus the title itself) are directly descendent from Aphex Twin. If there's one thing the band have in common with their iconoclastic label head, it's scale: both acts are enamored of grandly cinematic electronic statements, of which The Moon Rang Like a Bell is a stunning example.

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