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Today’s tea + soundtrack + visuals curated by Bus People. Bus People is the duo of Aley Waterman (Galaa) and Scott Sheppard (The Rangers). Originating on a battery-powered Portasound keyboard with built in beats, old synth sounds, female lead vocals, and live guitar and bass, Bus People add ethereal layered playback, vocal harmonies, and beats to round out and elevate their sound. The duo are cohesive across the board and their energy ranges from slow-dance 80’s prom vibes to punk-esque guitar solos.
Nostalgic new single, “Luck,” is about looking back on the fortune of youth, a time when any action or interaction was less laden with the weight or stakes taken up in adulthood. The chorus I can’t believe it, I won’t believe, young luck is a tender secret comes on with a force and chaos that shifts from the steady gentle melody of the verses, and the triple guitar solo later in the song reflects this sense of abandon.
Watch + share the official “Luck” visuals:
Chosen Song: “Nowhere Near” by Yo La Tengo
This is a melancholic love song that connected us early in our musical union/relationship, and it’s one that we play together sometimes. Yo La Tengo’s sound has a big impact on Bus People, we both love the understated, post-rock feel to this slow sweet tune. We chose to share this song because not only is it a big influence on our sound, but it’s also a song that has more stay-power for each of us than a song of the moment would.
Chosen Tea: Iced Green Tea with Honey
I (Aley) am more of a coffee lover and so usually when I drink tea it’s for an overt reason. I’ll drink lemon ginger tea when I’m sick, or something herbal when I want to feel calm. I also drink throat coat and various remedy-based teas when I have an ailment that tea can help with. Scott loves iced green tea with honey in the summers. We live in a small town and there’s one place that does this drink quite well so he gets it often. It’s refreshing, grassy, sweet, and distinctive. I’ve tried it a few times and I like it too; it might be one of the few teas I would drink for pleasure on a hot day and actually choose over an iced coffee.
Chosen Artwork: Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo. Photogram. 1924, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
This is a piece chosen from Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy’s collection Photogram. We both love the ethereal simplicity of this piece. Scott is a VA student and has been working with overlapping patterns/shots in video and these images have inspired his work in part. We both love that the form is analog (manipulated photography from the early 1920’s) and that it carries a presence that is powerful but mysterious; there’s a strange power to this image but it’s hard for either of us to say why.
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