Electric Wire Hustle Talk New LP 'Love Can Prevail' w/ OKP TV
Electric Wire Hustle bring to the table pretty much everything that you could really ask from a couple of kiwi soulcats: they talk like Flight of The Conchords, make music that sounds like Marvin Gaye on Mars and live their lives by the words of traditional Maori folk songs. If that sounds like I am exaggerating or perhaps exotifying them a bit, those are all true stories. Lest you doubt my veracity, EWH sat down with OKP TV for this exclusive video interview to talk about their forthcoming LP Love Can Prevail (coming out Sept. 8th on Okayplayer Records, in conjunction with Somethink Sounds). In the process we get a glimpse of the New Zealand duo winning over the natives of soulsville at this summer's Roots Picnic and receive a Maori language lesson, sung acapella in the form of the aforementioned folk song and including translation:
"It's about the kingfisher; a bird...in the forest. The lyrics are saying: the rain might be weighing your wings down but you've got to shake it off...and get out of here, lest you drown."
Watch the interview below for that nugget, as well as some insight into the name Electric Wire Hustle and what the group has been doing since their last release (don't call it a hiatus!). In return for their thoughts we showed Okayplayer Records' newest artists a bit of Williamsburg, BK's waterfront. Hey, nobody ever said cultural exchange was symmetrical. Definitely preorder Love Can Prevail via iTunes, Amazon or Bandcamp today--and if "By & Bye" doesn't sound like the soul of Marvin reincarnated into the body of a martian terraformer, I will eat my vat-grown skully.
Producer: Allison Swank
Videographers: Jake Remington + Kevin Ornelas
Editor: Jake Remington