BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Farao

Farao

Lockets

Thu, September 24, 2015

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

Cancelled

This event is 21 and over

Farao
Farao
Having grown up in frosty Oslo, written and recorded in Reykjavik and relocated to London two years ago, maybe the sprawling musical diaspora of Kari Jahnsen's new EP should come of no surprise. Combining wistful melodies, keyboards that quietly fizz in the backdrop of her finger-picked acoustic guitar murmurs and lo-fi bumps and whistles, all infused with a chilling Nordic iciness, this debut release might beguile like Polica and haunt like Lykke Li, but make no mistake about it – Farao is a sparkling new talent in her own right.

Recorded with Mike Lindsay from Brit experimenters Tunng, Jahnsen played all of the instruments across the four tracks here, carefully fashioning a gossamer bed of folk-pop sounds to lay her vocal ruminations on love, life and death on. Between the intense pulse and wonky organ sounds of 'Tell A Lie', released as a single in November to acclaim from the likes of The Line of Best Fit and Glamour Magazine, and the glockenspiel-propelled The Hours, threaded with dewey vocals about mistakes and regrets in the face of an apocalypse ("I would give all my time for the day but the hours they fly away, and the end of time is coming your way"), it's a listen that recalls the stripped emotional crunch of Bon Iver, sumptuous textures of Polica and bravery of Laura Marling.

In 2013 Jahnsen brought her unique sound to The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party and Reeperbahn festivals, as well as venues across Europe as tour support to the likes of Karl Hyde of Underworld fame, Moddi, BOY and Icelandic superstar-in-the-making Ásgeir. Making her schedule even busier are side-projects in shoegaze band Hella Better Dancer (in which Jahnsen plays drums), Anna Lena and the Orchids and new Erased Tapes signing Douglas Dare's backing band. It's a wonder, then, that she's found any time to pen a debut album – but she's managed it all the same. That LP is expected to be released in late 2014.

In the meantime, this self-titled EP is a rich listen that teases at a bright, bright future for the newcomer. Be able to say you were there from the beginning.

"Farao's subtly supernatural folk is the next big thing to come out of the fjords" Time Out
Lockets
Lockets
Philadelphia duo Lockets make their return after an almost two year hiatus. The group consists of principal songwriter/producer Todd Mendelsohn and new addition Melissa Ricca on vocals. Lockets have been likened to contemporaries such as Beach House, the influential Cocteau Twins, and have been described as "an innocent, fledgling My Bloody Valentine jacked up on a whole Halloween's worth of candy."  They've previously shared stages with groups such as Mr Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, Exit Music, Widowspeak, Keep Shelly In Athens, and St. Lucia. The group offered up their synth-laced brand of dream-pop on their debut LP Camera Shy via London's Beautiful Strange label in 2012. They returned in the summer of 2013 with their Surrender EP that boasted an evolved sound featuring driving electronic beats and anthemic hooks drenched in an 80's synth-pop aesthetic. The lead single Surrender earned repeated spins on BBC-Radio 1, cracked the top 40 on the UK's Amazing Radio and was featured along with the track Girl on Bella Union label head and Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymond's radio show. Mendelsohn and Ricca are currently in the process of recording Lockets' sophomore LP in anticipation of a 2016 release.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com