#194: Frost Children
Angel and Lulu of Frost Children on Singing in a Baby Voice, The iCarly Reboot Series, DJ Wallh4x, Blender, and more.
Cool people like cool things, which is why we asked Angel and Lulu of Frost Children to share a taste of their taste on Perfectly Imperfect.
Frost Children are a pop act based in New York City. Over the last few years I’ve been asking myself, where does “hyperpop” go next after years of Spotify genre playlist homogenization? The answer is Frost Children, and on their debut record SPIRAL Angel and Lulu jump from mega catchy pop anthems like FOX BOP and LOSER to punk tracks like DEVIL NEXT DOOR that’d sound at home on a Black Midi record, and somehow stick the landing. Frost Children also put on a hell of a live show so I highly recommend seeing them perform in an intimate setting before they inevitably blow up. They tell me that we’ll “see 2 new records from us by the end of the year that will unify every genre and thus unify the world”…and I believe it. Angel and Lulu are destined for greatness and lucky for us, they’re here to tell us what they’ve been into.
Without further ado
👼 Singing in a baby voice
Singing in a falsetto baby voice makes everything better. Most things I write these days starts out in baby voice and only evolves into “normal” voice later. Think like alt-J guy singing voice meets Blossom Dearie meets Tiny Tim. Singing this way when writing makes everything cute and dumb (two unforgetabble tenets of all good art). Takes the edge off of when you’re trying to write super emo serious lyrics too and gives you perspective. Goo goo ga!
I don’t play as many video games as I’d like to these days, but I absolutely adore the deep dive gamer-documentaries that Nick Robinson makes on Youtube. He does these insane vlog meets documentary meets investigative journalism meets internet archivist videos that sometimes explore games I have no knowledge about whatsoever but they’re so freaking high production and entertaining. He has like 3 videos dedicated to the discontinued Domino’s Pizza app that ran in Japan and featured an augmented reality Hatsune Miku function that I adore. We met him when we were in Texas earlier this year and he’s very chill. His videos bring niche lore to the masses and leave with you a sense of contentment and resolve. The future of journalism and documentaries is in Youtubers like Nick Robinson.
The mysterious online entity known only as “DJ Wallh4x” released this project on Club Cringe back in 2021. Every moment scratches every fold of your brain. Although the samples on the album range from cute video game references to church hymn vibes, there’s an undeniable evilness in every track. I listened to the whole album in the shower the other morning and had such a glorious day after. Favorite tracks “BMORA CLUB”, “Buy Mode”, “Crazy Hand”.
🍸 Spaghett from Rebecca’s Bar
Spaghett = Miller High Life with Aperol and lemon juice, perfect beverage to sip at Rebecca’s while Christian shows us his favorite folk punk bands. I can’t tell you how many soul crushing anti-folk and twee shit I’ve heard with one of these beverages in my hand. Sometimes we’ll even hit the CDJs at Rebecca’s on a Monday night fueled by Spaghetts. I’m scheming on a full breakcore remix of the entire album “Building Nothing Out of Something” by Modest Mouse and debuting it there.
💿 Being a DJ
Being a DJ is one of the coolest things you can do in 2022. I’d like to live in a world where everyone DJs during lunch break, after work, before bed. The anime series “D4DJ: First Mix” is an idyllic example of such a place. When you meet someone new and you’re talking about music and you say “this one hits when I spin it at the club” or “I have a really cool remix of that on my USB”, your hotness increases so much. My first DJ set was in high school at Utopia Studios in St. Louis, Missouri and I played so much festival dubstep to a crowd of unknowing prep school kids. Since then it’s been much more of the same.
🍎 Lord of Apple (YTP)
One of the best Lord of the Rings Youtube Poops from 2012. Skip to 1:30 for some peak Youtube golden era editing. Youtube Poops are extremely influential to us musically, probably more so than any recording artist. The creator in this case, “TheMarklar01” graced us with multiple passes at Fellowship of the Ring, following with equally impressive “Lord of the roaring red fires” in 2013 and the seminal “Lord of the cosmic crab cake” in 2014. Skip to 4:28 of the latter, kick back, and enjoy.
📺 iCarly Reboot Series
The year is 2022. Freddy is a twice divorced benign himbo tech startup dad. Spencer is a sell-out pop sculpture artist with multiple lucrative commercial investments. Carly says things like “turnt” and “dab”. Trend research hyper pandering writing-core at its finest. The crazy thing that bugs me though is that so much of the canon universe has been suspended. The “Pear Phone” world of the original is long gone, implying that Apple somehow entrenched upon the iCarly universe’s consumer base and was able to pull off a full upheaval in the matter of a decade or so. Otherwise it’s a brilliant watch.
Blender is one of the most beautiful inventions and keeps my inner child close. I get to make anything I have ever wanted into reality. The Blender community is also so welcoming and helpful, I learned everything on YouTube tutorials and discord. It’s really just a community of people that want to see each other make cool shiz. I make all of our character art there, I’m working on 2 music videos from SPIRAL that will be mostly if not all in a 3D world.
If you have something in your life (literally in any form) that brings you outside of yourself and brings you to a state of peace, hold on to that. Realize that this is your form of mediation and stick to it regularly. My life is moving very fast and I lose sight of those things sometimes, and when I do I go insane. Right now my meditation is being in Ableton or Blender but I want to get back into regular mediation in nature since Ableton and Blender are also my career now lol.
🎥 Home Videos
You gotta make home videos of some sort. Just like random bits of ideas and things you are joking about with friends, make that into a little skit and film it. It’s so fucking fun me and angel do it all the time. I wanna start a YouTube channel this summer and do more full length bits. This isn’t even a recommendation for content creators or whatever, you just gotta do this no matter who you are. It's very freeing and keeps life light. Even if nobody sees them but you.
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