Baltimore-by-way-of-Houston songstress JANA HUNTER sings and strums with a brittle quietude that transcends the boundaries of traditional folk emotion with a sparse aplomb that bores deeply into the cerebellum. Hunter's songs lean more toward lonely and grinding avant-garde than they do the happy, earthy tones of Mother Nature.
I caught with Jana last week to find out what she's been up, and here's how she breaks down:
"I just released a split 7" with Inoculist, a Brooklyn band, on Heartbreak Beat Records, also from Brooklyn. It's Inoculist's "Provenance" with my "Two Cocks Waving Wildly at Each Other Across a Vast, Open Space, a Dark, Icy Tundra" on the other side.
My band (as yet unnamed) and I are working on a full-length (as yet untitled) that we'll record immediately after the tour that includes this show. It's be a significant departure from the music I've released in the past. I haven't anything written up, so I'll just say it's louder and it has some moving beats."
Fellow Baltimore act the Crazy Dreams Band featuring members of Lexie Mountain, Mouthus and Mexcellent also perform with a brash, guitar-less jam of pop improv, noise and whatever unorthodox sounds they pull out of the air. Rural Georgia noise-folk alchemist Damon Moon and the Whispering Drifters open with a set of creeping, slow-motion freak-outs.
Jana Hunter "Valkyries" mp3
$5. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.
(Photo courtesy Jana Hunter)
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