by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Over the holiday break I spent some time in Portland and was lucky enough to catch Floating Room open for Helvetia (playing Duster songs no less). While I had never heard the band before (shame on me, I know), I was pretty blown away. It can be hard for an opener when the room is highly anticipating the headliner, but Floating Room's dreamy shoegaze was the perfect warm-up. The band released their debut album, Sunless, back at the tail end of 2016, and their phenomenal follow-up is set for release this summer via Good Cheer Records. In the meantime, we're excited to premiere the video for the band's new stand-alone single "Paper Cuts" together with their upcoming tour dates.
"Paper Cuts," originally released as a bonus track on Good Cheer's 2017 Label Sampler, is Floating Room at their dreamiest and most tranquil state. The track works itself into a blur, a layered drone of drifting melodies that move in ambient waves. The delicately thickened reverb is void of any rhythmic structures or the band's surging guitar attack, opting instead for a peaceful haze and contemplative beauty. Speaking about the video, Floating Room's Maya Stoner shared:
"In this video I play with the male gaze. In feminist philosophy this is the act of depicting women from a masculine and heterosexual point of view and in such a manner that they appear so passive that the viewer feels welcome to objectify freely. Women are often depicted looking away so that one feels shameless in their observation of her."
3/09 - Oakland, CA @ The Hole
3/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Topspace
3/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex
3/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavillion
3/13 - Albuquerque, NM
3/14 - Austin, TX @ 720 Club (Official SXSW Showcase) at 9PM w/ Oh, Rose, Hex, Savak, The RPMS, The Ghost Wolves, & High Waisted
3/15 - Austin, TX @ Eden House Co-Op (Phluff Unofficial Showcase) w/ The Spirit of the Beehive, Strange Ranger, Pardoner, & more
3/16 - Austin, TX @ Good Relation House w/ Spirit of the Beehive, Pardoner, Hello Shark & more
3/17 - Austin, TX @ Highland w/ A Deer a Horse, Exhalants, & AquaticA