The Haunted Windchimes
Saturday, Apr 15th, 2017
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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The Haunted Windchimes sound draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 75 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around. It’s the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). “When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful,” writes Bill Reed of The Colorado Springs Gazette. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, guitar and mandolin).
On the group’s 2006 debut EP “Verse/Visa”, The Haunted Windchimes presented what Denver Post journalist, Eryc Eyl, called “a beautiful chamber pop sound.” However, with 2010’s “Honey Moonshine,” the band “perfected an old-timey hoedown sound, executed with passion and precision.” May 2011, the band released “Live at the Western Jubilee,” a celebration of its career so far. Recorded in December 2010 at the Western Jubilee Warehouse, a legendary Colorado Springs venue, the record’s 13 tracks capture the five musicians in peak form in front of an appreciative audience. Their latest album, Out With the Crow, awarded album of the year by The Colorado Springs Independent in 2012, reflects “a barrel-aged maturation that punctuates their moonshine roots. The album and the band’s public performances make clear that The Haunted Windchimes aim to rekindle the flames of Americana music for generations to come,” writes Angus Edward (No Depression).
Cloacas composes the imagined folk music of a fictional country, eclipsing time, tradition, and geography. A tiny mountain orchestra in a wooden box with rusty hinges. Listening to Cloacas is like traveling sideways in time. This ensemble invokes elements of folk, americana, classical, jazz and American gothic as well as whatever their acoustic instruments inspire. They present a humorous but sincere irony that is sometimes bittersweet and melancholic, and sometimes gangly-legged and goofy. Their music will make you stomp, toe-tap, do-si-do, go off train hopping and build a campfire.
Elise Marie’s banjo-based folk pop melodies borrow from Old-Time and Bluegrass roots music, but don’t dwell too much on the past. With stories of people and things far and wide, her tunes are reminiscent of the music of The Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Hank Williams, and Bon Iver.