Mt Fog | Saturday, February 4
Seattle’s own Mt Fog describes her music as “forest folktronica,” evoking the push-and-pull relationship between the natural and the inorganic. Truly, it’s easy to listen to Mt Fog and imagine the swirling synths, insistent beats, and alien vocals reverberating around a misty Pacific Northwest wood. Mt Fog is the work of Carolyn B., an artist whose adventurous, elastic vocal style hit the sweet spot for fans of Bjork or Joanna Newsom, serving as the perfect accompaniment for her largely minimalistic electronica. Her voice phases in and out of recognition, warping and wrapping itself around chiming keyboards.
While her sound may be otherworldly, though, Mt Fog keeps her feet firmly planted on the ground, as evidenced on songs like “Waiting Through These Years,” lamenting that the drudging obligations of everyday life interfere with an idealized existence of purpose – that getting a job doesn’t always give one the time or resources to save the planet. On February 4, Mt Fog will sweep through ALMA, along with two other wildly unique voices: Maya Marie’s soulful, powerful voice rides high atop a bed of ragged rock ‘n’ roll; and Cullen Cochran recalls T. Rex’s Marc Bolan by way of nocturnal, jazz-inflected psychedelia. This is a night of strong personalities – artists with styles as distinct as the seasons.
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