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Friday, June 03, 2005

Space Station Jefferson

What a revelation! I went to see Frances' other band (Morgen und Nite) the other night at Barden's Boudoir. Since it was a Post-Folk night, they did their Post-Folk set, all wind-swept swooping synths and spooky "acoustic theremin" slide dobro and old time folk-gospel hymnal harmonium. But the most amazing revelation of the night... miking the harmonium turned out to be such a difficult proposition that her vocal mic had to be moved, with the result that she had to "sing lustily" in order to be heard.


It's kind of like Nico in reverse. Nico always used to sing with full-on Valkyrie Of Death voice, until Lou Reed had to browbeat her into singing in her Frail Little Girl voice for "I'll Be Your Mirror". Frances usually has this pretty, little girl folk singer voice, but the other night, suddenly this haunted, spooky, Kendra Smith... WAIL (and I mean that in the best possible way) was emmanating from her skinny frame. Lonesome and scary, necrophilliac black metal folk, like the ghosts of starving Adirondack moutain folk, singing hymns of desperation to the god they fear will eat them.

I'm completely in awe. I want them to do more of that!


At 6:14 PM GMT, Blogger Catty said...

wow... when are they playing again? That sounds amazing!

At 1:32 PM GMT, Blogger Masonic Boom said...

Tonight. At the Klinker, which is near your house. But nowhere near my house, so I'm probably not going to go. :-(

At 6:09 PM GMT, Blogger Catty said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand naturally, I have to work.


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