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  • Are We There Are We There Quick View

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    Are We There

    For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an
    artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper,writing from a place of honesty
    and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match.
    Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is
    Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy,sublime generosity, and immense
    breadth.


    Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's
    enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it
    was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and
    yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this,Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music
    producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire,they gently moved
    into new roles,rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New
    Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she
    imagined.Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods
    Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam
    Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater),Jana Hunter(Lower Dens),
    Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott(Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze.


    It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a
    new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing,producing and performing from a place
    that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying
    away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to
    evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then
    resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and
    loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary,waiting, of silence.
    The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something,to take hold and to go deeper.
    Living in this way,the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the
    ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid
    as flame wrote them.You could turn off the electricity,remove all the instruments and Sharon's
    voice and words would remain.They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath
    the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.

    1. Afraid of Nothing
    2. Taking Chances
    3. Your Love is Killing Me
    4. Our Love
    5. Tarifa
    6. I Love You But I'm Lost
    7. You Know Me Well
    8. Break Me
    9. Nothing Will Change
    10. I Know
    11. Every Time the Sun Comes Up
    Sharon Van Etten
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    Wester Easter


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    I'm at a loss to name any bands that Old Smokey sounds like. Old Smokey is a dark, gypsy/Middle Eastern, folk collision. It's a mixture of string and woodwind instruments unlike any I've seen. - Mark Ellers, Athens Banner Herald


    Old Smokey's instrumental tune Leggy, is a pleasant, wandering thing, a nice little taste of the band's upcoming full-length, reportedly titled Wester Easter. - Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine


    Local weavers of the string dream known as Old Smokey have finished their debut record, titled Wester Easter and may we say, it's an ear tickling treasure for sure. - Zeke Sayer, Gypsy Farm


    Old Smokey is a unique five piece ensemble featuring Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums. Their quixotic and sometimes haunting sound has developed organically; the way the instrumentation of the band blends is both complementary and evocative. This distinctive unit began playing together over two years ago. Old Smokey's first full-length album, Wester Easter will be released on Cloud Recordings.


    Wester Easter covers a wide span of musical influences, but retains a coherent sound, all its own. Some of the songs capture an Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western influence, while others take on an East Indian psychedelic palette not unlike some of the wanderings of Erkin Koray, or a lost Bollywood soundtrack from the seventies. Dead Man's Pose, a chant-y upbeat scorcher, is grounded in something akin to a New Orleans second line structure. There are a few numbers on Wester Easter that seem to be channeling the tumbleweed landscapes of The Sons of Pioneers, or the smoky country of a Roger Miller ballad. There's even a bit of a rock n' roll stomp or Velvets' rattle to numbers such as All the Way Slow -- but it's almost as if the band got lost in Appalachia on the way to the sock hop. John Fernandes, Cloud Recordings' main-man, and Old Smokey's violin and clarinet player, has approximated sonic references for Old Smokey: Fans of Bruce Langhorne, Abner Jay, Bollywood steel guitar music, and The Monks will surely dig our hard to describe sound.


    Despite a wide adventurous berth, Wester Easter is not the soundtrack of a flippant genre-jumping band. Throughout the album, their strong, sonorous mark is consistently there, as the instruments blend, swirl, and crescendo, then break down, from time to time, into the spidery banjo, drums, and plucked-cello skeletal substructure. Led by Jim's reedy lead vocal, spinning narratives or spilling out constellations of imagery, the whole band often joins, in chorus, to create layered harmonies or group chants.


    Old Smokey is compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene. Members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects.

    1. Dead Man's Post
    2. The Transylvania Effect
    3. You're Always Gonna Be Able To Get One More
    4. All The Way Slow
    5. The Whistler's Song
    6. Freedom Cowboy
    7. Wester Easter
    8. Transylvania Link
    9. Everyday I'm Building A Fool
    10. Leggy
    11. Vacant Lot
    12. Drifter
    13. Mapache
    Old Smokey
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