Pop cinema perfect for lone wolves
Waterbaby is the audio-visual project of sister duo Martha and Jessica Kilpatrick. The South London producers’ work combines avant-garde pop, experimental electronica and otherworldly choral music. This is synthesised with their surrealist punk style of art house film. Their live shows incorporate electronic soundscapes, siren-esque vocals and hallucinogenic video projections. Their inventive song structures and void-like visuals are influenced by underground cult cinema, pop culture and the absurd, with sounds ranging from the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Nicolas Jaar to SOPHIE and The Cocteau Twins.
Waterbaby self-released their debut audio-visual album ‘Pink Noise’ in 2016, which fused beat-driven and imaginative avant-pop with industrial punk. More recently they released their explorative and experimental single ‘I don’t want to sing I don’t want to look’ on Slow Dance Records and launched an audio-visual night called Leopard to showcase the growing underground audio-visual scene in London.
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A new song we wrote wasn’t working so we reversed the entire song, suddenly the melody went perfectly with the mood of the song, so we re-wrote the lyrics to fit in reverse. Now it has a strange sense of going backwards even though it is going forwards.
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