Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lindsay Clark

Half Shadow

Phillip Rogers

7 pm


21 and over

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Lindsay Clark

English folk & country

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark finds balance between traditional and english folk, country, and her own version of experimental folk that seems to come from her soul. Exquisite and pitch perfect, her music speaks of quiet revelation, with a background of (usually her own) multi-tracked vocal arrangements. With influences ranging from the Beach Boys, Elizabeth Cotton, Joni Mitchell, appalachian folk, her classical upbringing, and her father's record collection, she blends many worlds into a uniquely warm sound. She has carved out a vibrant place as an artist with a penchant for poetry, rich harmony, and and a style of self-taught fingerpicking influenced by Nick Drake, John Fahey, and others. Popmatters called Crystalline (2018) "a rare exhibition of the weight that minimalism can bear in contemporary, reflective folk music." Atwood Magazine called the first single, Little Dove, "a piece of poetry in and of itself."

Originally from the small gold rush town of Nevada City, CA, she now resides in Portland, OR. After relocating to Portland in 2009, she self-released two albums, recorded in Sellwood with Sean Ogilvie (Laura Gibson). Her sound has been described as “folk with angelic vocals washing over smooth edges” (1859 Magazine). She has shared the stage with musicians such as Alela Diane, Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Ryan Francesconi (Joanna Newsom), Laura Gibson, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Her most recent effort was engineered and co-produced last year with Jeremy Harris (Vetiver/Devendra Banhart). “Crystalline” was released in September 2018 via boutique German label Oscarson. She is currently writing, with plans to record a new album in 2020. 

Half Shadow

Half Shadow

Half Shadow is the ever-evolving song-writing and performance project of Portland’s Jesse Carsten. Inspired by the intimate, DIY ethos of songwriters like Diane Cluck and Mount Eerie, Carsten began releasing CD-R’s and homemade tapes of his music as Half Shadow in 2013. Incorporating poetry, call and response, question and answer sessions as well as other performative aspects to his shows, Carsten became known as an enigmatic and moving local performer. The Portland Mercury has called Half Shadow’s shows, “invariably powerful, full of wonder, and unlike anything else.”

Despite an elastic performance style Half Shadow’s songs remain humble – a blend of bluesy minimalism and poetic dream storytelling delivered via the framework of experimentally inflected songwriting.  Key to Half Shadow’s approach to song is the mythic, the unexpected – creating space for the unconscious aspects of life to appear and transform consciousness. Poetries of the ancient, the mystical, and the transformative abound – listeners are ushered into an elemental world of memory, synchronicities, and visions.

Half Shadow has shared the stage with nationally-recognized indie sweethearts Ava Luna, Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Pool Holograph and Jason Anderson, as well as Pacific Northwest beloveds Black Belt Eagle Scout, The Ghost Ease, Briana Marella, and Mega Bog among others. 

2013 saw the release of Half Shadow’s first EP “5 New Songs of Light” by way of Portland’s legendary underground label Eggy Records. Containing several of Carsten’s best-loved songs “Safety” and “Spectral Flower Meditation” the release quickly traveled, finding fans internationally. Half Shadow’s first full length, “Wind, Water, Passion Daughter” was self-released in 2015. A Split Cassette shared with Portland's Cave Cricket was released on Carsten's own Illusion Florist imprint in 2018. Half Shadow's cassette side was also subsequently released digitally as the "Balm" EP. A forthcoming, Self-titled LP is slated for release in 2019.



About Al's Den

Head downstairs at the Crystal Hotel to hang out in this music venue named for Al Winter, Portland's gambling overlord who, in the 1940s, managed his vast empire that spanned the Pacific Northwest and into Las Vegas from this very location. Today, we hold live music, artist residencies, pre- and post-concert performances and more. 





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