After maintaining radio silence for over a year and half after their well-received LouFest 2011 appearance, Jumbling Towers is taking to the waves once again.
Originally based in Greenville, Ill., where they both attended college, guitarist Matt Stuttler and vocalist/keyboardist Emily Keefauver went from a small, tight-knit music scene full of familiar faces to St. Louis shortly after graduation. The duo wasted no time in establishing Burrowss and recording its first album.
For a while now, Cherokee has had a strong reputation for supporting the visual arts with its galleries, outdoor festivals and street art. Yet the proliferation of music venues and recording studios, including the five month-old Texas Room, is making Cherokee an increasingly good place to keep your ear to the ground for new homegrown sounds.
St. Louis' own Old Lights opened the second day of LouFest with class and passion. Their set was mostly attended by old fans and friends with a slow trickle of people coming in during the music.
When I was a teenager in the '90s going to shows, I thought most local bands were just what you sat through, while waiting for the headliner. Why would I want to pay money to see a band that’s in my own city, who no one has ever heard of? What if I don’t like the band?
Riding on constant, precise rhythms, laser-fired guitar shots, and -- ahem -- jumbling keys and bass licks, Jumbling Towers delivers a rich indie pop sensibility. The Space Parlour hosted this live session with one of St. Louis' standout synth-wave outfits.