Vermont based tooth ache. knows electro downer pop to the hilt. Atmospheric beats? Yep. Beautifully haunting soprano vocals? Check. Songs referencing Greek myths involving Wood Nymphs? But, of course. tooth ache. is the brainchild of one gifted lady, Alexandria Hall who mixes a kaleidoscope of sounds ranging from childlike spunk to club sexy. It’s refreshing to see a solo project headed by a female, although Hall’s sound transcends gender due to its ethereal quality. Different beats emanate from organ based synths and drum machines that wonderfully mix with Halls’ layered and echoing singing. The combination of intrinsic instrumentals and indistinct vocals creates a mood which recalls ancient time and space. (Think Gang Gang Dance but a bit less feral and more dreamy).
tooth ache’s standout track is Skin (which is one of two songs on the recently released 7-inch The Skin), a more pop influenced tune with its sharp, slightly more upbeat drums and smart backing claps. Halls’ vocals continue their more instrumental route with her voice serving as more of a device to manipulate and evoke different sounds through her non-verbal singing. Skin has a swirly, absorbing video to match with Hall serving as its center alongside different images fading in and out. The video follows the vagueness of tooth ache’s songs with no clear theme or story, but the series of hazy scenes serves as a vehicle to remind the viewer of things remembered past. (I mean haven’t we all been in a forest on some bright day as a friend climbs an evergreen tree?). The visual component compliments the song quite nicely and gives listeners a glimpse at the person behind tooth ache’s beautifully haunting sound. You can get a chance to see tooth ache. sans computer screen this December as Hall tours (dates below) in promotion of the new 7-inch. Be sure to check it out if you enjoy infectious, body swaying beats and really who doesn’t?
By: Stephanie Glass
Dec 12 2010
New York, NY: Cakeshop with Toby Aronson, Crinkles, ducktails, and Darlings
Dec 18 2010
Baltimore, MD: Golden West Cafe with Toby Aronson, Ken Seeno, + DJ Dog Dick
Dec 19 2010
Washington, DC: The Cherch with Toby Aronson and MV + EE