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Boom Bip & Charlie White - Music for Sleeping Children

Band / Artist: Boom Bip & Charlie White
Year: 2012
Genre: Alternative Pop, Electronica, Hip-hop, Experimental, Spoken Word

My Review:
Music for Sleeping Children is more of an art collaboration than a band work, but its still an album, and its still by good artists, and good enough that I'm keeping it. So this is the gist, visual artist Charlie White calls up Boom Bip, and says "Hey, I'm interviewing teen girls about their lives in a recording studio. Come turn it into music." So that happens, and it becomes an EP of fun and oddly existential music, released side by side with crazy artsy music videos.

This isn't the first project that they did together.

 The project stems from White's investigations of the representation of American adolescence, and was born from a relationship forged between White and Hollon in 2009 when they collaborated on "We Like to Shop," a simple clap-along song from White's experimental cartoon, OMG BFF LOL that Hollon converted into a throbbing club track for the work's US premier at the Aldrich Museum. From there, White and Hollon set out to realize a far more ambitious project conceived by White as the marriage of in-depth teen interviews, discussions, and studio projects with pop, electronica, hip hop and experimental composition. Working in tandem, White and Hollon fashioned the concept of each track around the original studio recordings of teen girls ranging in age from 12 to 16. From eager enthusiasms, to exuberant chants, to adolescent melancholia, Music for Sleeping Children underscores the complex tensions resonant in the teen voices while transforming each girl into a popular music form of her own. Magical, uncomfortable, and original, Music for Sleeping Children is an artwork, an archive, and an album.