Gillian Frances – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – January 24th, 2019

Gillian Frances

A $5 bill with the up-and-coming emotive and intricate Portland songwriter / guitarist

Gillian Frances

Sheers, Indira Valey

Thu, January 24, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

 

Gillian Frances
Gillian Frances
Not all lullabies are meant to lull. Portland songwriter Gillian Frances knows this well, and her debut EP Born Yesterday is proof. Muted piano, horns, and subdued percussion stitch together the quilt squares of Frances’ hushed singing and rolling finger picking. But a minute or so into the EP’s opening track, just when you’ve started to settle in comfortably to the dense blanket of sound, Frances drops a couplet that snaps you out of your stupor: “Another round, let’s drink ourselves awake / A hundred pounds of blue shit in my veins.” The record is littered with these jolts to the system, lines delivered with a disarming frankness that cuts immediately through the fog of Born Yesterday's opaque production. This is Frances’ great strength as a lyricist—direct, piercing, a little unsettling—and it’s the perfect foil for the EP’s sonic neverland—oblique and nearly impenetrable but somehow tranquilizing.

That dichotomy cements Born Yesterday as a thoroughly contemporary update to the dense, dreamy sounds of the Pacific Northwest’s not-so-distant past, artists like Mount Erie, Dear Nora and Grouper whose idiosyncratic recordings and compelling performance styles set them free from the huddled masses of forward-thinking folk and Americana. Frances’ take on the style welcomes a host of updates: the disquieting sing alongs of Girlpool, the lyrical directness of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen’s strength in vulnerability. It’s also awash in something that’s uniquely Frances’, a wistful, inviting melancholy that feels right at home in the unsure modern moment.

-Nathan Tucker, Cool American
Sheers
Sheers
"Sheers' music cuts in ways where expressive & ambitious pop vignettes become expansive songs." (Impose Magazine)
Melodicism and classical stylings converge in the brooding soundscapes of Portland’s experimental pop trio Sheers. Sheers returns with An Occasion, a new EP featuring concert harp and a yet unheard lushness in the band’s repertoire. Frontwoman and primary songwriter Lily Breshears grips tight the reins of her voice, bending the edges of melody to wrap beauty in a veil of unease. Breshears combines turn of millennium R&B with elements of French impressionism, an interplay of tension, texture and groove. Since jazz drummer Daniel Rossi and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Stern joined the project, Sheers has found a
sound near triphop, but as Willamette Week writes, “it’s a real treat to hear a band that’s almost a genre unto themselves.”
Indira Valey
Indira Valey
Indira Valey (Portland, OR) is an avant garde multi-instrumentalist and performance artist who channels powerful songs that reverberate with the voices of her ancestors and speak directly to modern audiences. Her ancient-sounding, resonant voice is a force of nature, and she utilizes looping technology, effects pedals, and a unique palette of instruments (including flugelhorn, timpani, kalimba, electric guitar) to create mesmerizing and memorable live performances that are ever-changing due to her spontaneous improvisational magic.

Her debut album Recordar is a bilingual collection of oceanically soothing, powerfully healing songs about memory and finding your own inner power. In Spanish, "recordar" means both "to remember" and "to pass back through the heart.