April 9, 2013

Split: Whorish Boorish / KEEL HER

Whorish Boorish / KEEL HER's split – a dreamy international collaboration.

Last month, JOEY FOURR curated a Monday Mix for us here. He introduced us to a wide variety of underground artists; KEEL HER and Whorish Boorish were amongst my favorites included. KEEL HER is the experimental bedroom pop project of Brighton-based Rose Keeler-Schäffeler. In the last few weeks, I've grown a soft spot for the short, lo-fi numbers she posts regularly to her soundcloud. Some appear as if they've been recorded inside of a seashell or tin can. With such pervasive hints of nostalgia, it's no wonder that KEEL HER teamed up with Miami's Whorish Boorish for a split this past fall. The truth is I can't stop listening to all eight tracks. They make me feel warm and tingly inside, like hiding beneath a blanket made of peach fuzz.

Whorish Boorish's Rebecca Lima, too, has posted a handful of dreamy homemade songs online. Her soundcloud reminds me of a photo album filled with snapshots from summer's gone and past. Each song or "snapshot" if you will, offers a very private glimpse into an isolated memory in time. Feelings are fleeting but songs like "Be Mine (It Matters)" offer a portal back to an instant we might've really believed that we were in love. Muddled guitar jangles, minimal drum machine claps, and Rebecca's washed out hums make us swoon all the same. "Change the Past," albeit a little more upbeat, is similar in sound, and addressed nostalgia from a place of regret with barely audible verse: "if I could change the past / where do I go at last / where could I lay my head?" It's clear that what Whorish Boorish does best is get to the heart of each song. Look beyond the incandescent fuzz in "It's Cold" and "Whatever Song," and you'll find at the center a tender ball of candy-coated melancholy.

The same is true for KEEL HER's side of the collaboration which is ridden with reverb, prom riffs, and distorted croons. Rose's music is many different things – she recently posted two unapologetically upbeat dance-electro tracks under the title Out Of This World Orgasms – so it's hard to know what to expect from her. One thing KEEL HER isn't is predictable. Her first contribution to the split, "London" is a track that embodies a lot of feelings, mostly euphoria. In a little over a minute, Rose creates something that is so damn pretty it makes me want to cry. If heaven or such a place exists, this song would most certainly play on loop. Both "Brb (Forever)" and "I'd Be Your Slave (ft. R. Stevie Moore) " not only possess clever names but layer on top of each other with loud, strung out echoes. Last song "Pussey" is the only one where Rose's vocals are even slightly discernible.  Sweet, girlish tones infuse with lo-fi acoustics and lend a nice contrast to earlier tracks.


Download Whorish Boorish / KEEL HER split on bandcamp.

Written by Diana Cirullo