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All Hallows’ Day Good Time Celebration
November 1, 2021
Kyp Malone’s All Hallows Day Goodtime Celebration, a sweet Halloween Comedown for all souls. Live music with: Ice Balloons, Devon Church, Katy Pinke, & special guests.
Katy Pinke is an actress, singer, songwriter, painter, and theatre-maker based in Brooklyn. https://www.katy-pinke.com/
Kyp Malone is a musician and artist based in Brooklyn NYC. He wrote and performed with the musical groups TV on the Radio and Iran. Malone currently plays with the musical groups Ice Balloons, Bent Arcana. His solo performance work employs elements of improvisation, folk and electronic music. Malone has been collaborating with his wife Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu since 2017 on various works that employ Lemsalu’s sculptural and performance practice and Malones paintings music and videos. https://www.instagram.com/luvandoverstanding/
Ice Balloons is a guitarless rock and roll band out of Brooklyn fronted by a common housefly. Ice Balloons sing sweet pop architectures, bathed in clouds of dissonance, into the void without expectation of an echo. Ice Balloons beckons from the shadow inviting the listener to join the dance. https://www.instagram.com/iceballoons/
Devon Church is a singer-songwriter hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba and based in New York City. He was, for many years, a multi-instrumentalist, co-writer and producer of the “nightmare pop” duo Exitmusic, whose album, Passage (Secretly Canadian), Pitchfork described as “insurgent, cinematic, and sometimes brilliant.” In 2018, the same year that Exitmusic released it’s swan song, The Recognitions, Church released his solo debut, We Are Inextricable (Felte), which employed the textural electronic elements he had harnessed during the Exitmusic years in the service of a songwriting style rooted in the folk rock tradition, with deep nods to Cohen and Dylan. The results, according to Allmusic, were both “affecting and musically inventive.” Having gigged throughout the US in 2019 (opening for the likes of Orville Peck, Adam Green, Kirin J Callinan and Black Marble) Church set to work recording his latest offering, Strange Strangers while seeking refuge from the global pandemic in a barn in rural Pennsylvania. The new album is due to drop on Felte in early 2022. https://www.instagram.com/wearedevonchurch/ At times Strangers sounds as if Apollo-era Eno had wrested the controls (and the handgun) from Phil Spector halfway through the recording of Death of a Ladies Man. The atmospheric elements of Church’s past productions are sublimated throughout the album, put into the service of tape-saturated vocals, combo organs and guitars. His voice, grown more confident and understated since his debut, still ranges from a laconic Lee Hazelwood hangover to a smoky Tom Waits growl, but it smooths out nicely on tracks like the intensely melodic and propulsive Flash of Lightning in a Clear Blue Sky. Angelic backing vocals by Church’s partner, the artist Ada Roth (who also co-directed three delightfully strange videos for the album) lend an aura of dreamlike lightness in contrast to the baritone of the album’s world weary narrator. When, in hushed tones reminiscent of Hope Sandoval, Roth comes to the front of the mix to deliver a lyric like ‘we’re so bored of the apocalypse,’ things take a subtly menacing turn toward pop surrealism and cosmic black-humor.
Strange Strangers borrows its title from the eco-philosopher Timothy Morton: ‘The strangeness of strange strangers is itself strange, meaning the more we know about an entity the stranger it becomes.’ On Ephemera, Church seems to lament the mysterious unknowability of these objects of our deepest desires and fears, but he does so with defiant exuberance, his ecstatically strummed acoustic guitar threatening to fly off the rails. “I was weary and you took me in your arms,” he sings to the other (a lover, a god?). “I couldn’t see you, but you held me like the light holds the dark.”