ARTIST INFO: HOUDAN THE MYSTIC
“Swirling eerie sevenths open, taking you somewhere into a vortex… deeper… deeper… then, BAM! You are smacked in the face with a spastic explosion of strings and beats, which quickly shapes itself into a thoughtful head-bobbin’ jam. This is the opening track of Houdan The Mystic’s first release, Archer’s Jamboree. The Richmond band, which contains two of the members of Night Idea, has been making waves around town since their formation. Their tasteful and extremely tight blend of experimental-technical-melodic rock, heartfelt lyrics, and large beards puts them into a category they can truly call their own.” – William Hooper, RVA Mag
ARTIST INFO: BLACK GIRLS
“A combination of Motown soul and classic pop, Black Girls’ angst-free melodies are emboldened with a swaggering, low-simmering sensuality that recalls Prince, Modest Mouse, Pavement and "Chocolate and Cheese”-era Ween while retaining their own distinctive, libidinous voice. The corporeal looseness of their compositions inveigles the listener through persuasive seduction. It is sexual music without ever being lewd, heavy-handed or grotesquely needy. Confident but never conceited, Black Girls are always in the mood to help you slip into something more comfortable.“ –Chris Bopst, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Good Day RVA is a collective of Richmond, VA artists dedicated to capturing live performance music videos that features the city river-soaked, song-in-your-head, covered in alley grit, striving for a cup of coffee. Interweaving digital video with the ghost-story-esque nature of Super 8 film and high-quality audio recordings, Good Day RVA focuses on creating original and exploratory films that showcase Richmond’s diverse local talent. Good Day RVA is an ever evolving and growing project, continuously on the search for capturing the distinctive aesthetic that makes Richmond a flourishing atmosphere of music and art. Fully embracing a collectivist, DIY spirit, GDRVA’s heart and soul derives from the volunteer contributions from some of the area’s most talented and passionate artists.