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

The Cairo Gang

The Cairo Gang is the songwriting outlet for musician Emmett Kelly from Los Angeles. Throughout its recorded career, The Cairo Gang has appeared live in various formats, including combinations of the massive creative well of the Chicago improvised scene, plus a two-plus years run as the band backing Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Since about 2012, it has made itself known mostly in the basements of Chicago and the greater Midwestern United States as a loud and raw, rock and roll band featuring Kelly's chiming electric 12-string, the sledgehammer drums of Marc Riordan, Ryan Weinstein's frenzied bass-lines, and gorgeous harmonic vocal and instrumental accomaniment of Sam Wagster and Gillian Lisee.. It has been reflective of a certain surrendering to the error and tenuous nature of arrangement, and the wet embrace of catharsis, improvisation, rock and roll and the spirit thereof, however physical or metaphsical.

Allie Crow Buckley

Allie Crow Buckley is a coastal-country artist from California. Her music is of the high-lonesome, Pacific variety - a product of her lifelong love of sounds she heard in her roving family’s many homes. Born in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco in ’93, the Pacific Ocean has always been her backyard. Her twenty-four years have been spent in Mendocino, New Zealand, Venice Beach, and Malibu, the strange beach town on the edge of Los Angeles where she wrote the songs you hear today.

Her songs are written on the autoharp, an instrument she discovered not out of admiration for June Carter but at the recommendation of the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, reinforcing the bond between the Celtic melancholia at the heart of country music that has travelled so far West it’s now undeniably it’s own thing.

Her aim is to build off her influences; primarily Little Feat, Lucinda Williams, and Townes van Zandt, and fuse those with what she describes as her own “inherently strange approach” to melody and story. Her raw early recordings reached producer Sean O’Brian, and together they pursued a more fleshed-out, full band sound. She and her group are currently performing in and around Los Angeles between recording sessions of her debut album.Allie Crow Buckley is a coastal-country artist from California. Her music is of the high-lonesome, Pacific variety - a product of her lifelong love of sounds she heard in her roving family’s many homes. Born in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco in ’93, the Pacific Ocean has always been her backyard. Her twenty-three years have been spent in Mendocino, New Zealand, Venice Beach, and Malibu, the strange beach town on the edge of Los Angeles where she wrote the songs you hear today.

Her songs are written on the autoharp, an instrument she discovered not out of admiration for June Carter but at the recommendation of the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, reinforcing the bond between the Celtic melancholia at the heart of country music that has travelled so far West it’s now undeniably it’s own thing.

Her aim is to build off her influences; primarily Little Feat, Lucinda Williams, and Townes van Zandt, and fuse those with what she describes as her own “inherently strange approach” to melody and story. Her raw early recordings reached producer Sean O’Brian, and together they pursued a more fleshed-out, full band sound. She and her group are currently performing in and around Los Angeles between recording sessions of her debut album.

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