Mary Ocher (Berlin) maryocher.com Mary Ocher is back in North America with her new album "The West Against The People" and its companion release "Faust Studio Sessions", following a European release tour of 20 countries.
Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers.
"The West Against The People" was released on the German label Klangbad in spring 2017 and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive cult legends Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin. It also features an essay elaborating on the themes of the album and analyzing the current sociopolitical climate*. The album is currently in its second edition, it was hailed by the British music press and featured in various "Best of 2017" lists.
The additional 10" vinyl "Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings" (a co-release of Klangbad with Swedish label Sing A Song Fighter) features additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. A special tape edition for the tour is released on Related Records. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan
Odetta Hartman (solo) (NYC) https://odettahartman.bandcamp.com/ With a heart - stopping voice & wide - ranging instrumental talent, Odetta Hartman carries cowboy soul into an era where country can clash with computers, and bluegrass isn't afraid of bass. Her debut LP 222 -- an experimental, bedroom-produced hybrid of folk, musique concrète and psychedelia -- was released on Northern Spy Records in 2015 to critical acclaim. Alongside her partner, sound artist and producer Jack Inslee, Odetta continues to explore the sonic vernacular created by their uncanny collaboration: badass banjos, detuned violins, field recordings, superstitious soundscapes, and vocal stylings ranging from sensual to spooky. Odetta's new album, Old Rockhounds Never Die, is set to be released on Northern Spy Records in August 2018.
Dumb Waiter (VA) dumbwaiterva.bandcamp.com Dumb Waiter is an American avant-jazz rock band formed in late 2012 in Richmond, VA who write a melodic amalgam of math rock, jazz, metal, and punk. The band is comprised of four members who have varying levels of musical education, but have achieved a high level of technical proficiency on their respective instruments. Together they blend a love for heavily distorted tones, melodic complexity, volatile energy, and augmented chord shapes to create "Dumb Waiter". Thumping blast beats and effected bass grooves lay the bottom layer over which spiraling guitar work and free-wheeling sax noises progress and thrive.