When: Friday, October 3
Times: Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: Advanced: $15 | Day of: $18 | All-Ages
For Fans of: Phantogram | Volcano Choir | Active Child
POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs’ members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed into the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy’s passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.
The term “golden hour” is used to invoke a specific time or event. Technically speaking, it is the first and last hour of sunlight on any given day. Definition aside, it is the time of day when everything effectively slows, when the light becomes perfect, when time fades and everything is imbued with a languid sense of ease. This is the hour Web of Sunsets inhabits.
Web of Sunsets began in 2012 in Minneapolis, when three friends and seasoned band members – Sara Bischoff (Heavy Deeds), Sarah Nienaber (Gospel Gossip, Is/Is), and Chris Rose (Robust Worlds) – decided to band together and give focus to their so-called acid country leanings. All three play guitar and sing, trading lead vocals every couple songs, and occasionally a casio keyboard or midi synth pops into the mix. Absent is a rhythm section, and absent is a stereotypical lead singer. Instead, clean guitar tones weave in and throughout each other in a continuous braid, linking up with each distinct vocalist, all of it shining through in layers. Using a combination of tranquility, restraint, and a healthy dollop of reverb, they craft a perfect haze – just enough twang, just enough harmony.
Room of Monsters was tracked live, vocals and all, in a single day at Old Blackberry Way. Though it was a quick session, it wasn’t without intention – everything contained within the album is delicate and deliberate; every note rings out in an extended refrain. The premise is simple: certain songs simply require more space. Within that space are passages of darkness and regret, and an overall sense of yearning that permeates each track.
Room of Monsters is the debut LP from Web of Sunsets. It is golden, and it is true. Pull up a chair and stay awhile.
Throughout her time with Azure Ray and over the course of her solo career, Orenda Fink has never shied from exploring the darker edges of spirituality and the human condition. On her debut solo album Invisible Ones, Orenda explored traditional Haitian ritual and mysticism. She then followed that up with an examination of the Southern Gothic subconscious on Ask the Night. Needless to say, death has been visible in much of her music. On her latest album, Blue Dream, she looks deeply at the subject, reflecting upon a year-long meditation on death that started with a dog named Wilson and the words of Laurie Anderson.
“Just look at yesterday, and what you were doing, and how important it was, and how nonexistent it is now! How dreamlike it is! Same thing with tomorrow. So where are we living? Tibetans have unbelievably fascinating answers to that. This is what I’m studying because my dog died.” -Laurie Anderson
Orenda was sent this quote by her friend Nina Barnes after Wilson, Orenda’s dog of 16 years, died. That year she found herself on a deeply personal search for the meaning of death. Pieces of answers, coded in riddle, came to her in dreams. Her dreams began to tell a story – about life and death and the afterlife, reality, and the fine line between the conscious and subconscious world.
She then spent the next year understanding the experience and filtering it through the musical inspirations of Smog, Violetta Parra, and Kate Bush to craft Blue Dream. The album truly came together at ARC in Omaha, NE with the help of producers Ben Brodin and Todd Fink (The Faint), along with drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, R.E.M., King Crimson).