<<< OHMME >>> (Chicago)
Ohmme is an experiment in voice and sound by Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. Inspired by the Chicago improvisational music scene, Cunningham and Stewart joined forces in 2014. Their combined vocal and musical talents yield a dichotomy of harmony and chaos leaving the audience wanting more. Ohmme has been compared to PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Tortoise, but their inane chemistry creates something uniquely satisfying and different from their predecessors. They are currently touring as a trio with drummer Matt Carroll to support their OHMME vinyl release.
<<< Akousmata >>> (Santa Fe/Bay Area)
Akousmata is an instrumental trio that brings a raw, in your face, punk aesthetic to their extreme brand of free improvisation. Although the music is loosely classifiable as jazz, it more frequently takes inspiration from metal, harsh noise, Agharta-era Miles Davis, and industrial. Akousmata uses subliminal narrative to provide a structural substrate and directionality to the sonic landscapes traversed in their psychedelically cinematic performances. Split between the CA Bay Area and Santa Fe, NM, the band is comprised of Mike Rowland (The Late Severa Wires), Ben Tempchin(Grove of Baal, Fantasy Man), and Aaron Jenks (Grove of Baal, We Drew Lightning).
<<< P S I R E N S >>> (Santa Fe)
PSIRENS is the project of solo vocalist Paris Mancini. Her performance consists of looping percussive bass and many lush vocal melodies while sampling noise and beats. Her sound has been described as “cinematic” and “ethereal.” PSIRENS has performed in Latin America, toured extensively across the United States and a touch in eastern Europe. She has released 5 studio albums, 3 live albums and has been actively playing since 2009. She is based out of Brooklyn NY and Santa Fe NM.
<<< SCISSOR LIFT >>> (Santa Fe)
SCISSOR LIFT is the new solo effort by Santa Fe musician and Matron Records founder Eliza Lutz (Future Scars, GRYGRDNS). The project focuses on building rich looping textures to create a dynamic push/pull between Lutz’ intense vocal work and finger-style guitar. The project aims to write upbeat songs about being unhappy.