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Stop Motion Orchestra

STOP MOTION ORCHESTRA formed in 2013 and quickly got to work recording their debut, Instant Everything!, a collection of cartoonish prog mini epics drawing equally from early Zappa instrumentals, ‘70s synth rock, and post punk. After some line-up shuffling and a brief hiatus, the band resurfaced with a new aesthetic and a new line-up featuring several virtuoso players from Austin’s fertile rock scene.

SMO live photo 1

While the musicians who appear on Lightworks have extensive resumés in Austin's progressive and experimental scenes, the collective voice that emerges across the five instrumental works transcends both scene and genre, revealing a close-knit telepathic unit at the height of their powers.

SMO live photo 2

The group draws on influences ranging from Henry Cow, Magma, Haniwa-Chan, and Picchio Dal Pozzo, to traditional music from Eastern Europe and South Asia. The tracks deliver thunderous juxtapositions of style in the spirit of the "rock in opposition" movement: Eastern folk melodies played on sax and violin are interlaced with synthesized bass lines and layered electric and acoustic guitars; meticulous notation is balanced by a raw, DIY aesthetic that emphasizes texture, and atmosphere; ancient myths are given a new soundtrack for the 21st century.

On The Web:

Stop Motion Orchestra on Bandcamp
Egg Helmet Records

Music To Check Out:

• "Mystery Grandma"
• "Océano de Leche"
• "Instant Everything!"
• "Nerve Hurdle"
• "Serafini's Cat"

Videos To Check Out:

• "Instant Everything!"
• “Serafini's Cat”
• "Little Smiles"

To hear music from all of this year's bands,
please visit the MUSIC page.

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THE BAND
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LEILA HENLEY
(Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute, Vocals)

PHIL DAVIDSON
(Violin)

SAM ARNOLD
(Bass)

AARON PARKS
(Drums)

MOHADEV
(Guitar)

THE MUSIC

Lightworks cover

Lightworks (2018)

Intant Everything! cover

Instant Everything!
(2014)
THE WORD

“From the Texas you don’t hear so much about, Stop Motion are a seven piece, rock-inflected, late sixties-mid-seventies influenced band (drums, bass, piano, synth, violin, cello, sax, banjitar) playing highly harmonically based, rhythmically interesting and through-composed music that’s a pleasure to listen to... Familiar echoes of the better bands of the era, but still very much on its own track. Nice work.”
- Chris Cutler (Henry Cow, Art Bears, etc.)

“With one foot firmly in the rich bed of Euro-folk and another in a more classic melodic proggy space, this Austin based quintet brings a lot of great ideas to the fore with a snappy and clever songwriting style and an interesting combination of instrumentation. De-facto bandleader and primary composer Mohadev plays guitars, keyboards, banjo, bass, computer and other stuff, pulling together a wide array of compositional ideas that all mesh together well, but still challenge conventional senses.”
- Peter Thelen, EXPOSE