BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ducktails

Ducktails

Itasca, Roof Doctor

Fri, July 31, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Ducktails
Ducktails
Ducktails, the increasingly less "solo" endeavor of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile, is set to release The Flower Lane, which is the project's fourth album and his first for Domino. Recorded and mixed over the summer of 2012 with Al Carlson (Peaking Lights, Oneohtrix Point Never) as Mondanile's hectic schedule as a concurrent member of Real Estate began to wind down after a year in support of their Domino debut album, Days, the ten track album will hit the streets on January 29th to be preceded by the single release of effervescent pop gem "Letter of Intent."

Taking a tangential turn away from solo home-recording of past releases toward the more collaborative environment of the studio, Ducktails' Matt Mondanile roped in close friends and colleagues to make something more adventurous yet easy-going. The ten songs on The Flower Lane move across a range of expressive pop songs that are bright and expansive, but venture even further with forays into saxophone leads, synth lines and piano accompaniment that would have been at home on the early records of sophisticated guitar pop icons such as Aztec Camera and Prefab Sprout.

With brooding seducers "Under Cover," "The Flower Lane," and "Sedan Magic" along with a stunning cover of founding Clean/Chills member Peter Gutteridge's "Planet Phrom," the ambient pop of The Flower Lane is, from start to finish, as spirited as the time these folks had recording it. Support came in many forms, from the backing of the New Jersey band Big Troubles to contributions from Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Joel Ford (Ford + Lopatin), Madeline Follin (Cults) and Sam Mehran (Outer Limitz), to name a few, The Flower Lane defies the cliche of "embracing the big studio" by successfully making the songs feel immediate on an emotional level after they've passed through the dozen other wizardly minds of the studio collaboration while still conveying the fun they had working together.

One of the standouts on The Flower Lane is the duet between Future Shuttle's Jessa Farkas and Big Trouble's Ian Drennan on "Letter of Intent." As with Felt's "Primitive Painters," where the contrasting voices of Lawrence Hayward and Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser exchange pained verses or with Tom Petty's seductively plodding collaboration with former Eurythmic Dave Stewart on his synth-driven hit "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Letter Of Intent" is proof of the expanding range of Ducktails' song craft.
Itasca
Kayla Cohen, a.k.a. Itasca, is a folk guitarist and songwriter from New York State. She has released several small press CD-rs and cassettes over the past five years, and began recording as Itasca after a move to Los Angeles in 2012. She records at home, taking inspiration from the fringes of LA's open space and natural land.

On Itasca's latest full-length, Unmoored By The Wind, Kayla Cohen achieves new levels of clarity and expansiveness. Where 2012's Grace Riders on the Road reveled in homemade intimacy, Unmoored By The Wind opens to the world, reaching a timeless, near-baroque yearning; each of these eleven tracks burns with a unique vision. At once soft-spoken and virtuosic, Cohen's fingerpicking mesmerizes, laying gauzy groundwork for vocal work David Keenan rightfully cited as "courtly…dazzling." It's a spacious set of songs, one you can wander into, flowing seamlessly between wistful interludes a la Bob Desper and fully-fledged verses of powerful, often beguiling imagery. "Two male shapes are standing/ Shrouded in white cloth" sings Cohen on "Nature's Gift," with a plaintive candidness that echoes Sibylle Baier. "They're looking at me/ Sort of smiling/ Seems as if I've called them here." Cohen's voice has a windburnt quality reminiscent of Lal Waterson or Collie Ryan, but it's tempered with sweetness, and on songs like "Colt In Hiding" she realizes an angelic luster. More than ever before, though, Cohen's confident singing is laid bare; vocals ride on top of arrangements, taking their rightful place in the forefront. The effect is arresting. Cohen has achieved new levels of clarity, while staying true to the seductive ghostliness that has come to characterize her sound.
Roof Doctor
Roof Doctor, formerly the solo project of guitarist Mark Harper, has grown immensely in the time that they have been making collaborative music together. What started as a quiet acoustic outlet for Harper has blossomed into a remarkably eclectic ensemble featuring Kevin Paschall (Abi Reimold, DEAD, Brown Rainbow, Shelf Life, Hello and Yes) on drums, Chet Williams (Hello and Yes) on bass, keys, and saxophone, and Alex Stackhouse (Cool Points, Euphoria Again) on guitar. The players' varied musical backgrounds and the other projects in which they are involved serves to create a wildly frenetic energy within the backdrop for Harper's often somber croon. It is this dichotomy of lyrical despair washed away in a sea of joyful melodies, jazzy rhythms, and uplifting harmony that has come to characterize Roof Doctor. In 2014, they released Mobile Freedom Home, their first full-length record, which Stereogum described as "refreshingly hopeful and honest in a way that a lot of albums nowadays are not." The remarkable range in emotional tone on the record spreads from the devastatingly bleak "Dad" to the impossibly uplifting "Bulldog". The narrator's own mantras float in occasionally, as if to remind himself that things aren't as bad as they seem. 

Roof Doctor returned to the studio in the spring of 2015 to track a forthcoming split with Pittsburgh's Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com