The Crocodile Presents
1939 Ensemble, Whitney Ballen
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is all ages
Emily Wells has been hailed for her multi-instrumental ambidexterity, a symphonic embroidering of swirling strings, ingenious electronics, and intricate, irresistible beats, sewn together with celestial vocals and deeply personal song-craft. Her new Mama Acoustic Recordings, out June 11th, sees the NYC-based singer/musician/producer casting it all aside, re-imagining songs first heard on 2012’s acclaimed Partisan Records debut, Mama . Where that collection was marked by Wells‘ extraordinary fusion of hip hop, experimental dance music, lyrical introspection, and classical complexity, the new album is stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Songs like “Dirty Sneakers” refract the singer and songwriter in a fresh light, illuminating altered emotional perspectives and melodic colors. With Mama Acoustic Recordings, Emily Wells has stripped off her own armor, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous songwriting on display.
1939 ENSEMBLE ARE AN INSTRUMENTAL DUO FROM PORTLAND, OR. WITH AN UNUSUAL LINE-UP: DRUMS, VIBRAPHONE & NOISE. DRAWING INFLUENCES FROM KRAUTROCK, JAZZ & NO WAVE, 1939 ENSEMBLE MOVES BETWEEN OMINOUS DISSONANCE NOISE TO SHARP BOMBASTIC BEATS. THE DUO FEATURES JOSE MEDELES (the breeders) and DAVID CONIGLIO.
She possesses a delicate voice that often reaches into the high registers. It works to her benefit, too, because it forces listeners to pay attention to her lyrics. Ballen has been a prolific songwriter and performer, playing shows with some frequency these days. That she’s writing and playing lots of great songs means it shouldn’t be too long before connecting with many more fans in the immediate future.