Whitney Live rocks this July and August with upstarts in experimental pop, tropicalia, chill-wave, beach music, garage rock, post-punk, and globe-trotting bass-inflected DJ beats.
High Places began as an experiment in collaboration. Robert Barber grew up listening to punk and hardcore, and Mary Pearson studied bassoon performance, but both gravitated toward a DIY compositional style and a love of layers. High Places’ songs contain a range of aural layers: bells and bird calls over a wash of ocean waves; mallets hitting mixing bowls over treated guitar and glockenspiel; Mary’s reflective vocals over Rob’s homemade beats. The result is a spacious amalgamation of sounds with a unique, almost Caribbean undertone.
Toro Y Moi:
Toro Y Moi is 23-year-old Columbia, SC native Chaz Bundick. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at The University of South Carolina, Chaz created Toro y Moi as a bedroom project that then expanded into the live performance realm. Toro’s songs are fuzzed-out, dreamy R&B slow jams that bear elements of his parents’ vinyl and tape collection as well as contemporary influences like freak folk, noise, hip hop, and French house music.
Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6–9 pm; there are no special tickets or reservations.