Ash flecked ghosts of folk from Bloomington, Indiana's Caethua; on her latest tape, Queenly Women Crowned and Uncrowned. Alternating between the thick fog of field recorded moans and lonesome folk wanderings through the burnt leaves of late Autumn. Much of Queenly Women feels shrouded in the grayed skies of October dawn; early frost clinging to the grass and the beginnings of a drizzle rumbling in the clouds. Its definitely not an album of celebration but its not necessarily dour, just delightfully gloomy. Clare Hubbard's voice is delicately weathered, strong and lamenting but never asking for pity. The album's tracks burrow under your skin slowly until her voice twists with the icy wind in your ears and the buzzing din splashes along with tires on pavement. Though I've heard little of Hubbard before this point it seems that she'll become deservingly more prevalent. Following this release on Abandon Ship, she's got a tape slated on Night People and is also a member of free noise project DBH.
[MP3] Caethua - The Frozen Ground of Upstate New York
[MP3] Caethua - The Blood Beneath Our Skin
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