Video Of The Day (Premiere Edition): Citrine
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my most sincere pleasure to be offering you the premiere of this here video from Baltimore's slinky dream pop trio Citrine.
The three-piece is newish on the scene but features folks who are no stranger to making beautiful music (Galen and Kelci formerly were together in Kindlewood, while Beau was a part of Lands and Peoples).
From the newly-released April EP comes "Decimal Point," a serpentine, precocious concoction that allows Kelci's floaty, gossamer vocals to run wild (while also channeling Kate Bush at times) against a glacially cool backdrop of impeccable noise. The video plays against the song wonderfully, offering live action shots of the band as they get down to business.
The bottom line here is keep an eye on Citrine, y'all.
And as an added bonus, here's some Q + A from team Citrine for your reading pleasure. Get to know these three, why don't you?
Fuzzy Logic: How did the three of you come together as Citrine?
Chance. We (Kelci and Galen) asked Beau (who Galen met through work) to lay down drums for a few songs for the Kindlewood album we were working on. Kelci was really into what Beau was doing and fancied having him join us in our musical pursuits. The timing wasn’t right, as he was already involved with another touring group (Other Colors) and we weren’t quite ready to release the Kindlewood album. As chance would have it and shortly after having Beau lay down drums, Kindlewood amicably disbanded due to various factors.
We took that opportunity to form Citrine. This transition was a natural one (though extremely awkward -- not unlike puberty). For our first show as Citrine, we had Beau play drums and brought our friend JW on to play electric. It was pretty clear after that evening (and the practices that led up to it) that we had good chemistry and that it would be worth pursuing a working relationship together. It also became evident that we all bring different, but equally important elements to the table (so exciting!). We learned early on that intermingled collaboration was vital.
FL: What really pushed you in the direction sonically that Citrine is in, as opposed to Kindlewood?
It was a natural progression given that we were developing as humans and as artists. Additionally, after trying to force that project for a while, we knew it just wasn't "right" anymore. Kindlewood was a great start, but it began to feel tiresome. We were hungry for more. We envisioned people dancing at our shows instead of just gently swaying in the false reverence that softly electrified "folk" music can sometimes bring out in people. We took a long look back at what excited us as blossoming teenagers and started drawing from those influences. This exercise picked us up out of the musical rut we found ourselves in and set us on our current trajectory.
FL: You've been in Baltimore for a while now. What's your take on the scene in your new home?
It's seemingly always in need of repair. It's scrappy (in both senses of the word), but comfortable and homey, like your grandma's old La-Z-Boy. The best thing it has going for it is the camaraderie and friendships it seems to be built on. It’s a lot more relaxed and informal than what we experienced in D.C. We’ve had to hit a bit of a “reset” button with our connections due to the changes we’ve gone through over the past few years, but we’ve already made decent headway in the scene and have garnered some important, local support. We’re looking forward to connecting with more local artists and playing in every warehouse venue we can.
FL: Is Citrine planning world domination? Or at least a very big US tour?
YES, Pinky! We are focusing our energies and touring efforts on the Northeast US right now. Hopefully as we put out more music and the word spreads we'll do national tours, but all in due time. As for the domination, we can't speak explicitly on that subject but we DO have a stable crystal of ice-nine...we're working on an article for Scientific Murrican!!! (that's the *UBER-AMERICAN* subsidiary publication of Scientific American).
FL: If you could play a show with anyone (current bands only please), who would it be and how come?
Well, if we could got on a 5-show leg of a Raffy® tour, we'd die happy. But in all seriousness, Annie Clark (St. Vincent). Because she’s an incredible musician, a forward-thinking artist, and seems like she’d be crazy fun to hang out with.