100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 99: Tim Held

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Music fans of the Pacific Northwest, hello and welcome back to our third annual year-end daily countdown, 100 Bands in 100 Days, where every day until December 31st, we’re showcasing a new band or artist you have to know about, presented by Verity Credit Union. Follow the #100Bands100Days hashtag on Twitter to stay on top of all the bands featured and make sure to follow Verity on Twitter as well. Some days the featured act could be an established and locally-adored northwest-based musician that perhaps you haven’t been turned onto yet, and other times they could be a band with a small following that just hasn’t had their deserved time in the sun yet. Either way, we’re fairly confident you can come away from this daily segment with plenty of new favorites. Today’s musical offering is a musician called Tim Held from Seattle. 

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Listening to the music of today’s artist, Tim Held is sort of like frying on acid but still being able to pass a drug test. You don’t just listen to his music, you experience it and by experience it I mean it is like gazing into a prism but with your ears.  Held’s last release Terminal Hymns is an eight-song collection that dropped in May of 2016, full of weird vibes and vibrant textures, that should be listened to(or experienced) all the way through, as each song seems to create a segue for the next.

Tim Held is an electronic musician and film composer residing in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle’s The Stranger has said that his sound is defined by inventively jittery rhythms and kaleidoscopically bizarre textures. Hailed as “one of the few Seattle producers making IDM sound vital and inventive”, Dave Segal chronicled Held’s 2015 release, TypicalHaunts, as “one of the best electronic records to come out of Seattle in the last five years.”

If you are looking for something that isn’t your run of the mill northwest music(and you should be), do check this out when you get time.

(You can check out Tim Held on Facebook and you can listen to him at Bandcamp and/or stream the album ‘Terminal Hymns’ below) 


Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days 2016 is now closed. If you’d like to see the whole list of bands we’ve featured, click HERE.

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