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ACL Fest review: Hundred Waters

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Eric Pulsifer

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 12, 2013

An earshot away from the crowded craft beer tent’s TV-watching area, Hundred Waters played one of the muggy morning’s first sets. The bum-on-blanket chillout soundtrack attracted a growing group of early weekend two/day two fest-goers, lured by the band’s shimmering siren songs from the nearby Lady Bird Lake entrance.

The Florida four-piece is fronted by vocalist Nicole Miglis, whose lovely voice called to my mind the folsky timbre of Beth Orton with an ethereal Björk-like quality. Miglis’ ghostly singing rang through a warm fog of keys, bowel-shaking bass and icy, glitchy beats. The result was an earthy elecronica show that could have been co-produced by SBTRKT and Sigur Rós.

The band roatated through an inventory of instruments — pounding away on bell-like synths, twisting knobs on various bleeping, blooping sonic gizmos, doing some live drumming and even breaking out jazz guitar and bass for their final song.