There’s a very distinct sound of music coming from Northern Washington; one that’s fit for bike rides, walks in the rain or even just for taking a moment to recollect. The Bellingham-based artist behind that sound is known as Manatee Commune, whose rising, well-deserved success is reminiscent of our Northern favorites ODESZA, the duo who were local favorites one day, and nationally touring the next. Manatee Commune, however, has less of the glitchy, experimental vibe to his music, and more of a chillwave, ambient mood. Layers of analog and digital sounds make up the subtle complexity in each track, and we’ve always been curious as to how one person can utilize so many sounds.
Well, we’re finally able to watch Manatee Commune, live in action (and barefoot…seriously!). In celebration of his latest album Brush which released on April 23rd, Manatee Commune graced the studio of KEXP with electronic controllers, wind chimes, a drum set, a viola and his electric guitar strapped and ready. Watch below as Manatee Commune works his spectrum of musical talents in a smooth, synchronized flow.
Want to catch Manatee Commune live this summer? You’ve got three major opportunities to do so! Manatee Commune will grace the stage of Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday, July 27th. He will also be preforming at the 44th Annual Bumbershoot Festival on Sunday, August 31st and then Decibel Festival at the Showbox on Saturday, September 27th.
You can stream Manatee Commune’s newest album, Brush, on Soundcloud, and you can purchase Brush on his Bandcamp page for only $5 dollars.
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