ENTRANCE

Resident presents

ENTRANCE

Weyes Blood, Lael Neale

Thu · September 15, 2016

8:00 pm

$7.50 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

ENTRANCE
ENTRANCE
Promises is the introduction to a fresh chapter in the story of ENTRANCE (Guy Blakeslee). An artist's artist, ENTRANCE is a musician with the blues running through his veins. His newest creations add up to a set of rich, cinematic songs featuring expansive orchestration and imaginative story telling, as unique to himself as they are, at times, evocative of Townes Van Zandt, Scott Walker and Gene Clark. Among his fans, he counts the likes of Spike Jonze, who featured ENTRANCE's interpretation of Skip James' "I'm So Glad" in the film Her.

As with all new beginnings, there is an element of return. For Blakeslee, resurrecting the name ENTRANCE signifies leaving something behind. This time around, the sound of ENTRANCE dramatizes the tension between time as measured on a clock and the felt experience of it. Everything has been stripped away except the essential: the focus is on the voice- the words and the feeling.
As with all new beginnings, there is an element of return. For Blakeslee, resurrecting the name ENTRANCE signifies leaving something behind. This time around, the sound of ENTRANCE dramatizes the tension between time as measured on a clock and the felt experience of it. Everything has been stripped away except the essential: the focus is on the voice- the words and the feeling.

Says Blakeslee:

"I'm interested in communicating a shared universal experience in an era when 'individuality' is a championed product. I once approached songwriting as a coping mechanism for my own personal struggles. However, now I have shifted my focus to the exploration of a collective understanding.

The whole record is about the interplay and conflict between inwardness and outwardness, revealed as a personal obsession through a rigorous daily practice of automatic writing. Waking up and immediately documenting the intricacies of my mental world has shown me what a freak I am - but also what I care about.

'Promises' in particular was inspired by Stephen Hawking, who in spite of being the acknowledged expert on the nature of time, still constantly changes his views and has to admit he doesn't really understand it. Time is a constant contradiction in all of our lives. We have to live within its bounds, and yet experience it in myriad ways, marking our milestones on cross cultural calendars, in disparate time zones. Such paradoxes were on my mind when I wrote the lyrics:

time is a cruel yet forgiving friend

who slaps your face and then holds your hand

leaves you starting from scratch all over again

in the ruins of your best laid plans."
Weyes Blood
Weyes Blood
Natalie Mering, the being behind Weyes Blood, sings sublimely on Front Row. These are her words and she means them. Between the subtle pulses of her breath, we feel the textures of her voice. Her delivery is a trained low gloss, polished with the charm of speech. Mering embeds her song in a harmonic gauze of arpeggiated piano, acoustic guitar, druggy horns, and outer space electronics. Propulsive, spare drums carry us across the album’s course.

There is a faded California beauty to Front Row. A gentle honesty that recalls the finest folk music made on the West Coast of the ‘70s. The hue hangs in the sweet-spooky harmonies, the pulsing sway of the vibrato, and the ecstatic chord resolves. It is the joyful release of energy as the song delicately unfolds from intro to extrospection.

But this beauty is scratched with shadow; with dark foreboding, alienation, and acceptance of change. Love and loss balance together in suspended alchemy, as the earthiness of the singer-songwriter tradition wears digital sounds like feathers in its hair. Mering, together with co-producer Chris Cohen and some special guests, contrasts live band intimacy with the post-modern electric sheen of A.M. radio atmospherics. The experimental flourishes sparkle amid the succinct, thoughtful arrangements.

The closeness of this record - how personal, alone, and frank it feels - conceals its aspirations to the outside, to the "Earth" of its title. Mering wants to lead us through the microcosm of the personal to the macrocosm of the transpersonal. Her witness harbors devastating weight ("... and now you can't stay, please baby don't go away") while universalizing the strange ways of identity and relationships.

These are not typical love songs or protest songs; they are painful, poignant riddles that celebrate the ambiguity of love. Mering affirms the conflict of harmonious life within a disharmonic world. She illuminates and mythologizes it, projecting it back over the whole of Earth. The inner ecology leads outward, bridging "us" with our obscure inheritance of nature.

Active in underground music since 2006, Natalie Mering has collaborated with Jackie-O Motherfucker and Ariel Pink, and released four records as Weyes Blood. Front Row Seat to Earth is her third record for Mexican Summer.
Lael Neale
Lael Neale
Lael Neale's music rests on the darker edges of folk. Though her voice warbles with vulnerability, her delivery is stoic and sometimes irreverent. The carefully crafted verses are melancholy, but laced with subtle humor. There is reassurance in the sadness, nothing more than wanting the undertow to pull you back into the water. To feel something, anything, as long as it's strong.

From the first lilting note, Lael draws you into melodies strung with loss, regret, light and wit. Her songs embody a fascination with our world of opposites; darkness & light, love & ambivalence, beauty & grotesqueness, motion & stillness.

The title of her debut studio album makes a bold declaration - I'll Be Your Man. I'll Be Your Man is a journey - Lael's journey, and though oftentimes melancholic, it is anything but a pit of hopeless desperation. Her live performances show the audience that this angelic apparition on stage has the inner strength to experience life at it's essence, and the courage to share that experience with the world. Lael Neale has the voice of a woman, but the power of her words will convince you that she may just be your man.

"A hazy mix of psychedelia, lo-fi production, and folk with just the right amount of edge… there's a vulnerability to Neale's voice that sucks us in to the dark side without us even knowing it." - Culture Collide

"[Lael's] emotionally-charged performance creates a hushed reverence" - Phil Lang, BAMM.tv

"Neale writes deep and soul-baring folk music that has earned her appropriate comparisons to Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten with a hazy vocal quality that brings to mind Hope Sandoval." - Utne Magazine

"[Lael's] melodies are indelible, and her vocals are really interesting - they are light but on top of the melody: there are no jazz inflections, but there is something jazz about them [her voice] digs it's fingers in and punishes as it seduces" - Iman Lababedi, Rock NYC

"This record is a knockout and a wonderful listening experience; it's easy to get lost in its mystery and beauty." - Performer Magazine

"A woozy slice of psychedelia..." - Buzzbands.LA
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