Bodies Of Water is a band from the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, signed to independent record label Secretly Canadian. The core group consists of married couple David and Meredith Metcalf. However, the band often plays LA shows with five or more additional musicians, such as horn players, an additional drummer, and strings. All members of the band sing, including players added for local shows.
Bodies Of Water started in David and Meredith’s closet. They were newly married and lived in a very small house. The closet was the only place to put the computer that they used to record songs. They were content doing this for a while but eventually decided to send these songs out into the world. The first step was to form a musical group. Meredith had never played a piano before but she was willing to give it a shot. She had known Kyle for a decade or so and he decided to try playing the bass. Jessie was a new friend from Arizona who was making a big splash in LA. They all thought that since she was a gifted dancer she would make a good drummer, and so Jessie learned to drum.
Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink was their first record (and the first release from their Thousand Tongues label). The CD was only available in a few stores, at live shows, or directly from the band via their website. After Secretly Canadian signed Bodies Of Water, the label re-released the album nationally on January 22, 2008. The songs draw on an admixture of traditions; the transcendent intensity of gospel, brutish gusto of punk rocking, earnest idiosyncrasy of American folk, sonic inclusiveness of tropicalia, planned jamming of prog, and the sincere bombast of musical theatre. These songs can be likened to a sort of emotional topiary; an unruly living mess lent its shape by the psychic framework around which it grows.
The language of these songs obliquely references what is the overarching concern of the record; the irreconcilable tension between the physical and metaphysical worlds and the human creature that stands precariously astride the two, being pulled by forces indistinguishable from desire and pushed by compulsions masquerading as emotions.
Since its inception Bodies Of Water have added an auxiliary corps of musicians and when playing in L.A. their ranks can swell to as many as 10; hitting, blaring, strumming and bowing away. The four core members’ vocal synchronicity remains the group’s hallmark. Their calls, responses, shouts and harmonies ride above and around a retaining wall of sound in a fleeting burst of neo-tent revival immediacy.
The band's second album, titled A Certain Feeling, was released July 22, 2008 to generally favorable reviews. Shortly before the album was released, Bodies Of Water announced via their website that the album's release show would be founding drummer/vocalist Jessie Conklin's last show with the band.
Bodies Of Water aren’t providing a soundtrack for catharsis, surrounding the listener with “good feelings” or “bad feelings.” They only hope to give encouragement in the lone struggle against adversity, to proffer up a thing to be internalized (and evolve therein) or die. Comfort engenders complacency and neglect, while dissatisfaction/ingratitude begets cruelty and self-absorption.
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|Bodies Of Water EP||2005||Independent|
|Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink||2007||Secretly Canadian|
|A Certain Feeling||2008||Secretly Canadian|
|Twist Again||2011||Secretly Canadian|