Artist of the day: Ant Parade
Warm and dreamy, soulful but supremely lo-fi, Ant Parade's music is an experimental yet altogether lovely mix of loops and synths and Brigid Ochshorn's ethereal voice. The solo project has been compared, pretty validly, to Grouper, so anyone who's into whisper-soft experimental electronic-folk may really dig it.
Ant Parade has been around since 2007 after Ochshorn, a volunteer at WMNF-88.5 FM, played in a couple of other bands, Dead Horse Detective Agency and Violence or Violins ("mostly guitar-driven rock projects," she says). And Ant Parade has released two mini CDs, a 7" split with Body Rot and a cassette split with Lazy Magnet.
But according to a post on her blog, Ochshorn may be putting a halt to Ant Parade, to focus on new projects.
"I've been writing new material for a couple of years, and I feel like moving in a more organic direction," she says, "returning to guitars and drums more, and using less electronics. But I don't want to retire the work I've been doing permanently."
Either way, you should check her out while you can. Ant Parade will perform with attachedhands, Young Egypt, Diamond Man and Dark Sea of Awareness on Saturday at Mojo Books and Music, 2558 E Fowler Ave. Tampa. Free. (813) 971-9717.