#STLSOTD: Friday, May 16th – née’s “Heavy Boats”

#STLSOTD is an I Went to a Show.com Monday-Friday feature that introduces followers to new St. Louis music by spotlighting one track from one artist or band from IWTAS’ Bandcamp Directory of St. Louis Music.  As always, we welcome your suggestions. If we pick the song you share with us on TwitterFacebook, or in the comments section of this post, we’ll make sure to give you a shout out.

Original photo by Corey Woodruff: https://www.facebook.com/coreywoodruffmusicphotos

Née was made for Fridays. Led by Kristin Dennis, née is a 4-piece electropop outfit that puts out haunting — yet oh so dance ready — tunes. IWTAS has loved née since we stumbled upon the song “Absolom”, and then the entirety of The Hands of Thieves, Dennis’ quietly released, early 2011 EP. (Our interview with her from back then is still one of our favorites.)

The band has grown in three years, and so has Dennis as an artist, polishing her live performances and strengthening her already wicked, allusion-rich lyrics. Factoring in the vital creative contributions of David Beeman (Old Lights, Native Sound Recording), Mic Boshans (HUMDRUM, The Union Electric), and Dan Meehan (HUMDRUM), née can and should be considered among the very foremost St. Louis acts working today in any genre.

“Heavy Boats”, off née’s 2012 10″, Finches, is our STLSOTD. You don’t need anyone’s permission to turn this thing up loud:

Check out née’s website for a couple sneak peeks at what they’re working on now, and look for their Lo-Fi video recorded at Whisk to be released on May 30th.

Née supports the illustrious Kishi Bashi on Tuesday, May 27th at The Ready Room. (They also happen to be performing in Columbia, MO tonight if you’re down that way.)

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