Thu. 4/10 – Zachary Cale & Matt Kivel with Chelsea Sue Allen at Ortlieb’s

January 19, 2014

Folkadelphia Presents: Zachary Cale & Matt Kivel with Chelsea Sue Allen

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
At Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St. – due south of 3rd & Poplar St.)

Doors at 8 PM, Music at 9 PM | 21+
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Zachary Cale:
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Zach will be stripping his set-up down for this trek – stoked to hear songs from Blue Rider, one of my favorites from last year, in this setting.

Often cited by critics and peers alike as a songwriter’s songwriter, Zachary Cale has been quietly constructing a catalog for nearly a decade, one which showcases mastery and a unique voice across folk ballads, guitar instrumentals, and country-tinged rock.

On his 4th release, Blue Rider, Cale’s songs are marked with his signature finger-style guitar playing and lyrical command. Abandoned are the full-band arrangements of his previous album, 2011’s Noise of Welcome, for a minimalist approach that illuminates his strengths as a solo performer. Blending the echoed open-tuned guitar patterns of artists like John Martyn and Bert Jansch with the desolate American lyricism of lone riders like Simon Joyner and Elliott Smith, Cale continues to stand out as a songwriter of uncommon power. (adapted bio)

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Matt Kivel’s Double Exposure is a small masterpiece of humble virtues: warm, patient, calm. It is beautifully, pristinely recorded, finely wrought; its ten songs represent some of the least insistent music you will be spellbound by all year. Kivel’s close-miked acoustic guitar strums close to your ear, but everything above it, from Kivel’s high, frail falsetto to the washes of electronics that occasionally stop the action, is constantly threatening to dissipate. Kivel wrote and recorded it over the last two years, redirecting his creative efforts away from the band Gap Dream in favor of this sort of acoustic music—not quite shapely or distinct enough to be folk, too temporally detached to be grouped near rock— that is simply music we murmur to ourselves. Daily music. (from Pitchfork)

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Chelsea Sue Allen — 26 from Michael Batchelor on Vimeo.

From Philly – Chelsea Sue Allen’s music is an eclectic mixture of countless influences. She strives not only to create memorable songs, but to create captivating melodic atmospheres. Most importantly, both music and lyrics hold their own weight, coming together to create a sound that is both ambient and mesmerizing.