hope all is well presents:
Gingerlys at Speaking Volumes
with Anna Altman, Gestalt, Adam Wolf
Date: Thursday, February 1st
Venue: Speaking Volumes [7 Marble Ave, Burlington, VT 05401]
Embracing jangle, cascading echo, and sunshiny
hooks, Gingerlys formed in Brooklyn in 2013. What started as a set of acoustic demos by guitarist Matt Richards evolved into the Jumprope EP, issued on 7" vinyl by Shelflife Records in 2014. It featured the founding lineup of Richards, singer/keyboardist Jackie Mendoza, lead guitarist Colin O'Neill, bass player Kevin Doxsey, and drummer Brian Alvarez. The quintet started playing shows on a steady basis in the New York City area before returning to the studio with Connor Hanwick (the Drums, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart). The resulting full-length debut, Gingerlys, was co-released by Topshelf Records and Babe City Records in November 2017.
Anna Altman, the project comprised of Lucia Arias and Christian Billard, gently packs a punch with their debut LP Freightliner. The album was recorded reel to reel at Billard's house in Port Washingon, Long Island, and recalls feelings of racing alongside blurs of scenery, in a car or on a train. For this, Freightlineris adequately named. Arias' vocals, at times tinged with reverb, are sturdy and melodic. On songs like "American Gothic," Arias' gentle and overflowing guitar bends around these vocals, braiding and weaving together. Steady and skillfully marching drumbeats create a constant beneath vivid scenery, like running your fingers along a wrought iron fence or watching sea foam ebbing along a shore. Anna Altman runs as cool and deep as a river, it is ghostly and repetitive, yet comforting in its patterned sounds.
Anna Altman's songs seemingly evolve and then scale back over and over again within each composition. Winding roads and complex routes cut back to skeletal beats. By the time we reach the penultimate title track, the reel to reel is wobbling as if we have lost the way. Yet, the finale holds a concluding harmony in Arias' voice, the duo overlapping and playing tag on it's final notes. Like being jostled awake from a deep sleep, Freightliner ends firmly with sparse, jarring chords. It's strange, but it all makes perfect sense.
Gestalt (ɡəˈSHtält): the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Hard-hitting, anti-slacker, anti-apathetic, syncopated, unsyncopated, melodic, independent trio from Burlington, VT. (Their debut album is currently in the works )
Adam Wolf is a singer-songwriter from Burlington, VT. His slow, alt-country sound features heavy guitar and melancholic lyrics, penetrated by the sweeping melodies of a pedal steel. His debut EP, Songs I/II comes out on February 14th.