The Solars / Aüva / BEARD
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Strolling puckishly along musical borderlands, the Solars perform lush, ethereal arrangements. The quintet covers astonishing ground on their forthcoming EP Retitled Remastered—Harry Smith-esque folk, kaleidoscopic British Invasion harmonies, and bottomless layers of old-school production trickery—by hewing an artful formula of profound depth and balance. Their nostalgic first single "Old K. B." was met with glowing press in New England.
Indie-pop sextet Aüva blends elements of dream-pop, surf, and psych-rock with driving rhythms, jangly guitars, and vibrant harmonies. Since forming at Berklee in 2015, the band has released three EPs in three years: Light Years, Aüva, and Side Effects, recorded with producer Benny Grotto ‘05 at Mad Oak Studio. The group is made up of Berklee students Miette Hope, Jack Markwordt, Jake LeVine, and Michael Piccoli, as well as Boston Conservatory at Berklee students Andy Metzger and Austin Birdy.
BEARD is a seven-piece progressive folk band that is based in the heart of Boston. As musicians attending Berklee, their primary purpose as BEARD is to impact their audience through genre-defying progressive folk, fusing together traces of jazz, Americana, classical, R&B, and rhythms influenced by world music. BEARD's lyricism and instrumental precision finds its inspiration from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, the Punch Brothers, and Radiohead.