AdvertisementOlivia Godby and Matthew Farrell were once kicked out of a chapel at the University of Notre Dame for recording a music video instead of praying. Unfazed by the rigid campus attitudes, the two took Night Hikes to the blossoming local scene to develop their sound. In their pensive songwriting, they immediately prioritized balance, not only between dark synth and glimmering guitar, but also between Godby’s imaginative storytelling and Farrell’s keen ear for melodies and production. After finishing school in 2016, they rented a house and spent the summer recording their first release, The Blue Hour, which was mixed by New York based engineer Rusty Santos (Animal Collective, Beach House).
The band then moved to Seattle to focus on refining their songwriting in 2018. On the resulting record, Chalice, the pair strive to recover the long silenced feminine principle, refusing to accept that violent power dynamics are inherent to human nature. Godby and Farrell each float seamlessly between guitar, keys, and vocals amidst the ghostly natural reverb of the old Catholic church in which they recorded, this time with permission. Lush guitars reminiscent of Slowdive find their counterpart in bellowing synth and organ melodies. Over carefully crafted and sampled drums, the pair create space for their intimate, introverted vocals, making for a record that delivers as much rainy-day shoegaze as beachy dream pop. Chalice has enjoyed rotation on legendary Seattle radio station KEXP and a warm reception online.
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, United States