Bouquet

Bouquet

 Los Angeles, California, USA
DuoAlternativePop

Kaleidoscopic pop duo Bouquet creates inviting, immersive songs - with vocal harmony, guitar, analog synthesizer, and early rhythm machines - that echo indefinable post-punk wonders Young Marble Giants, Suicide, and This Mortal Coil.

Biography

Bouquet is a kaleidoscopic pop duo from Los Angeles, CA featuring Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman. The two set out to create a uniquely immersive sound, blending intricate vocal harmonies with a rising mass of guitar, trembling synthesizer, and pulsations of early rhythm machines. Lyrics alternate between painterly portraits out of time and devastatingly simple pop tenacity to delightful effect. Bouquet's music echoes undefinable post-punk wonders Young Marble Giants and This Mortal Coil, synth heroes such as Cluster and Suicide, and the dulcet sensibilities of Sibylle Baier and Sandy Denny.   

Since 2013, Bouquet has gained increasing notoriety for their live performances, which incorporate video art created by the band. Some of these performances include supporting acts such as Geneva Jacuzzi, Ariel Pink, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, EMA, Sonny and the Sunsets, Lori Goldston, Nite Jewel, and an appearance at TV On The Radio-curated All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in the UK. Other appearances have included The Hammer Museum Biennial in Los Angeles, Times Square Arts' Rooftop Music Series in New York, and Night Court at Art Basel Miami. Bouquet's In A Dream EP (2014) is mixed by producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill (Beck, Julia Holter, Ariel Pink). More recently their Part Time Punks session has been featured on the soundtrack to Hope Larson's webcomic SOLO.

Both members grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and met in Los Angeles in 2012. Carolyn fronted San Francisco folk-pop duo The Finches, and Max cofounded the instrumental rock group Tenebre, later moving to solo live electronics. Their intersection of classic folk songwriting and electronic sound palette render a unique musical approach -- a focus on lyrics and feeling, unconventional instrumentation, with an ear towards classic pop structure. Bouquet has forged a sound both sublime and incisive, aimed directly at the heart.

Discography

OVER MOUNTAINS 2015 Folktale Records

PART TIME PUNKS RADIO SESSION 2014

STILL THE RIVER 2013 Ulrike Records

PATHWAYS TO THE INVINCIBLE SUN (compilation) 2012 Big Love Records, Japan

CAVE LIFE 2012 Self-release

Set List

30 - 45 Minutes including some combination of:

IN A DREAM
STACKS ON STACKS
COME TO YOUR HOUSE
STILL THE RIVER
MOON WAS MADE
JOSH, I KNOW
FALLING
LET ME BE WRONG
OVER MOUNTAINS
BEYOND THE BRIDGE