A night of ambient folk at the Bridge
7:30 PM; $5 – $10
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
“Prolific multi-instrumentalist Michael Cormier (drummer in Friendship and songwriter/guitarist in the instrumental ensemble Hour) writes modern folk songs about the contours of unrealistic hopes and expectations, along with impressionistic musings on his earliest, most ephemeral memories of childhood.
Having now released five records in less than two years, three solo albums, two with Hour and one with Friendship, Cormier is relentless, flitting intermittently from project to project and always, always delivering a sumptuous final product no matter which mask he dons.
Philadelphia art-rockers Friendship, the band he drums for, are signed to Advance Base’s Orindal Records label and their album ‘Shock Out of Season’ was released to wide acclaim in 2017. Hour is an instrumental ensemble where Cormier takes up the dual role of guitarist and songwriter. Their dreamy, ephemeral album ‘Tiny Houses’ featured among GoldFlakePaint’s favourite albums of 2018.
Cormier released two solo albums synonymously in June 2019. The first, ‘Days Like Pearls’ is a record informed wholly by its subject matter. Based on fleeting memories from Cormier’s childhood years in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, the songs are filmic and foggy, the handheld camera zooming in and out, catching glimpses, snatches of conversation, the odd look here and there, the insect flying in the distance. The second, ‘M-F (Monday to Friday)’ is a love letter set within the 40 hour written for Cormier’s partner Meghan. The album fluently puts across the support they give to one another, lifting each other up when the stresses of work bleed into the everyday.
In all Cormier’s music is a soothing transient rabbit hole to burrow yourself in and one you won’t want to emerge from anytime soon.”
Jason Calhoun is a musician currently living in Ithaca, NY. He has played in various bands and projects including Hour, ylayali, and Paper Armies. His current solo work is a continuation of his project naps. This work is primarily concerned with the small and humble, with a diary-like approach to constructing pieces. Releases are crafted with a sense of the whole work fully in mind; a way to privately reflect over a longer period. Repetition, field recording and simple synth tones are used to achieve a quiet and personal aesthetic. His music has been released on Patient Sounds Intl., Lily Tapes & Discs, and Bridgetown Records, among others.
Lovely, & local, guitar sounds.
“Mr. Perry has a firm and solid touch to his string wrangling, but unlike many of his contemporaries, he doesn’t seem to feel compelled to resolve all the melodic questions he raises. Perry often stops in a place he finds interesting, repeating rhythmic figures while trying out variations on the note/chord sequence that stopped him in the first place. It’s a goddamn fascinating approach and allows him to explore textual aspects of the acoustic guitar that are not investigated often enough. ”
-Byron Coley 2019