Monday, August 24, 2009

Jana Hunter plays 529, Tues. Aug. 25

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM

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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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