Faun Fables + Fiver + The Weather Station + Holiday Rambler
FAUN FABLES (http://www.faunfables.net/)
Drag City freak folk duo of Dawn McCarthy (Bonnie Prince Bill) and Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) return to Toronto for the first time in years. Dawn's voice leads the music, strong and unwaning, but full of subtle detail & care, as Nils fills in the lower register. Gentle string configurations & intricate guitar work occupy the space between rough strumming & sparse percussion. Like a still dense forest reacting to someone traversing it's land, Faun Fables songs swell, blooming with intricate flourishes, only to be reduced to a chorus of vocals levitating on top of junkyard percussion. Moulding folks songs with almost a gypsy swagger, pulling stories from old log cabins buried in the woods on some native land. For fans of Carla Bozulich, Josephine Foster and bon fires.
Simone from $100 goes on a solo folk trip. Languid vocals roll over rambling guitar notes. Feeling like the 70's folk scene, dabbled in rock & roll & the burnt out earth of new psych concepts, isolated, but inspired. Her songs feel grounded yet hopefully, like a document of some lost dreamers, just coasting through our world on some ulterior journey. A serious sage of our times.
THE WEATHER STATION (http://theweatherstation.bandcamp.com/)
Gentle folk rambler Tamara Lindeman, creates music that is far from the hard city. Banjo and guitar converse in a language make of flourishing notes and the light scraping of strings. Meanwhile Tamara's voice as light as a feather ebbs and flows in the sky following the path of the winds, until it finds a good home. Though build of a just the basics, these songs are full and have an emotional weigh beyond there means. You can feel the struggle & growth that created these structures.
HOLIDAY RAMBLER (http://holidayrambler.bandcamp.com/)
D. Alex Meeks (of Hooded Fang) sets out on his own journey as Holiday Rambler. Bouncing guitar notes roll along like tumble weeds, as Mr. Meeks spins his folk songs entrenched in the spirit of the american south. His lyrics, smart, cautious, and full of unbridaled honesty, like a Flannery O'Connor novel he weaves religion, family and the future of the world as we know it, into something human and tangible. Intricate repetitive plucking dot Holiday Rambler's songs like stars in the sky, all in the right place, so natural their placement seems accidentally. Languid emotions float gently over the simplicity of an acoustic guitar. Holiday Rambler is the everyman that died long ago, the tradition your grandparents remembered, but your parent discarded. Lose yourself in these lost hymns. Eat your heart out computer music.
$10 Adv at Rotate This & Soundscapes
$12 at the door