SERPENTWITHFEET
Saturday
Bio
Josiah White is Serpentwithfeet, a project name that touches on prelapsarian notions of innocence and sin as deftly as White's songs bridge R&B, gospel, classical, and electronic music. White grew up in a religious family in Baltimore, listening to classical music and gospel before moving to Philadelphia to study classical vocal training at the city's University of the Arts. After spending years studying as a classical vocalist, 27-year-old Baltimore-born artist serpentwithfeet (a nom de plume for Josiah Wise) spent time drifting around Paris and London before eventually landing in NYC. It was here that his music-a beautiful confluence of gospel and classically-inflected electronica-began to truly take shape and began writing and performing as Serpentwithfeet in 2013. blisters is serpentwithfeet's first EP from Tri Angle Records. After spending a few years experimenting-both musically and visually-in NYC's underground queer music scene, Wise eventually struck on a sound and a sentiment that made sense. On "four ethers," the third single to be taken from blisters, serpentwithfeet wonders aloud what it would feel like to be violently transparent, and finds him in pursuit of a rare honesty. Huge swathes of strings and percussion emphatically rise and crash turbulently against Wise's questioning voice as he ultimately asks: "How can I touch somebody who wont even touch themselves?" "four ethers" might be serpentwithfeet's most powerful and dramatic work to date.