This Band Could Be Your Life: The Singular
by Brit Charek
In order to produce their music and maintain creative control, Pequignot teamed up with his friend Jeff Klemm (of Akron band Maid Myriad fame) to create Diskette Records. All of the CDs produced are packaged in 5-1/4″ floppy discs, and with download codes as the labels on 3-1/2″ disks. “Being born in the mid 80’s, people in my generation seem to respond to the disks with a strong feeling of nostalgia,” says Pequignot. “It helps to create a personal connection between the listener and the physical media itself.” In addition to the Singular and Maid Myriad, Diskette Records has also produced music by MINTS.
The Singular’s latest album, Artifacts, “straddles the line between ambient indie-rock and modern Americana.” It starts off upbeat and fun– heavy with egg shakers and keyboards and even whistling– and later takes on a more serious tone with some beautiful storytelling. You can get a taste of it on their Bandcamp site.
The band has recently launched a documentary-style video web series called “The Singular This Week,” in hopes to connect fans to the band. Check out the first episode below– you’ll see a great performance and get a glimpse into keyboardist Nichole’s home life, which is honest and charming. (Maybe I’m just relieved as a mom that she admitted her kid is “weird,” which is undoubtedly my favorite thing about my kid.) Nichole’s husband Eric manages the band as well as does their photography and graphic design work, so it’s no wonder that their kids are so comfortable around the band.