Indie Folk Band Tapestries Delivers ‘Dreamy’ Vibes To State College
It’s time to trade your EDM party tunes for some folk, Penn State.
Meet Tapestries, State College’s rising indie folk band. Zach Kramer, Olivia Price, and Rashmit Arora make up this talented trio. The band has combined female and male vocals from Price and Arora, giving them a sound reminiscent of other indie-folk bands like Of Monsters and Men and Daughter. Though undeniably indie-folk, Tapestries has their own unique voice.
“As for our sound, our friend Tim Mayo described it as dream-folk. I think we’ll stick with that.” Arora said.
Arora (vocalist) and Kramer (percussion and synth) were members of Mute Cities — the group that took State College by storm, winning Battle of the Bands and subsequently opening for the 2015 Movin’ On Lineup.
There’s a rich history behind the inception of Tapestries. After being introduced to each other at a Songwriters Club meeting, Arora and Price immediately bonded.
“We instantly connected on a musical level. We started playing shows together, and soon took up the name Tapestries to perform under,” Arora shared. “Come April last year, we were selected to play Arts Crawl 2015 and needed someone to fill in on synth and percussion.”
That’s where Zach Kramer, Arora’s previous bandmate comes in. He rounds out the band, and with his complements they released their first songs.
The most recent release from Tapestries is the new EP, Sea The Blind.
“I did some Facebook stalking and found the guy who mastered Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago,’” Arora said. “After finding him, I sent him a creepy Facebook message which he surprisingly responded to.”
Said man, Nick Petersen, seemed to love what he heard and ended up mastering Tapestries’ new EP.
“What we want to do in music is to make people feel something,” Price said, “So we were really attempting to craft the balance between heavy subjects and sweet music.”
The soft, gentle vocals from Price contrasts perfectly with Arora’s upright bass sound. Tapestries’ lyrics are a bit darker. Their sound, however, remains light-hearted and airy.
“The production is clean and lyrics are slightly dark. It all comes together beautifully,” Pond Magazine says, describing their sound.
Tapestries is excited to announce their tour, which started March 3 in State College. The band began their journey in State College, and intend on traveling to destinations such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cape May. They also have plans to release a few music videos in the near future.
“Personally, I’m most concerned about my living and visa situation, given that I’m an international student,” Arora, who hails from India, laughs, “I really don’t want to leave Tapestries behind. We’re currently aiming to move to Philly by August, since we’re kind of scattered all over PA at the moment, but who knows!”
Though centered in rural State College at the moment, who knows what big-time opportunities await for Tapestries. Arora emphasizes the importance of the music scene here at Penn State. The band explains that they have more opportunities in State College to get involved and perform compared to their home cities.
“State College’s underground music scene is booming. I’ve played a show almost every weekend this year at some venue or the other.” Arora said.
We can only hope this hip folk band continues to blow us away. Stay tuned for any upcoming hits, and be sure to check them out on SoundCloud.
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