LPR Presents: ROUSE Planned Parenthood Benefit feat. Arum Rae, Kalbells, A Deer A Horse, GORDI
Kalbells, A Deer A Horse, Gordi
Wed, February 15, 2017
Tickets at the Door
This event is 21 and over
ROUSE is a monthly concert series which features an all-female line-up, and raises money for charities supporting women. Each month, 50% or more of the concert’s ticket sales will be donated to a select charity which supports women. ROUSE rotates through venues in New York City, and aims to select charities based on the communities surrounding the venue’s neighborhood.https://www.union-pool.com/event/1419943/
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"It's a spiritual thing for me," she says. "I'm not a religious person, but I begged the Universe and God to give me a purpose in life. I started writing music. Once I did, I felt encouraged. Different doors began to open for me."
Truth is, Arum ("Water Lily" in Latin) began subconsciously working towards this path as a child. Born into an "extremely Christian" household, she recalls, "There was never any
music playing in the car. We weren't even able to listen to it until I was seven."
Growing up in Colorado Springs, she found herself enrolled in school music programs at a young age. Kicked out of her first high school and quickly leaving the second, a music teacher at the third school recognized her gift. He eventually helped the budding songstress receive a scholarship to Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating, she cut her teeth on the road and penned what would become 2005's
Arum Rae inside a tiny Virginia cabin. She quietly honed her craft and toured under the name White Dress alongside Clark and The Civil Wars in addition to gracing bills with Willie Nelson, Dan Auerbach, and more. During a break in 2012, she received a serendipitous call.
"I was waitressing at a diner in Austin, a little bummed out because that was my first job and now here I was again," she goes on. "I got a call from Disney that they wanted to
use 'If I Didn't Know Better'—which I wrote years before with John Paul White [The Civil Wars]—on Nashville. It was enough money that I could quit and move to New York City."
Relocating to Brooklyn, her writing success continued, with her music being featured on shows ranging from Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars to Girlfriends Guide to Divorce and American Idol. Notably, her song "Something's Happening to Me" soundtracked a Microsoft campaign for the Surface Pro 3, which debuted during the GRAMMY Awards, while "Waving Wild" appeared prominently on ABC's The Catch. However, tragedy struck her family with the overdose of her brother Haven.
"I was broken," she sighs. "I took a year off to go back to Virginia. I was so close to him, and he couldn't stop even though he knew it was killing him."
She draws upon that experience in "Wasn't My Time," the standout single from Loners. Tempering a Southern-inspired blues strut and sweeping strings with her robust jazzy delivery, the track remains gorgeously haunting. Produced by Ken Lewis [Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar], it opens up the world of Loners.
"I was actually in a relationship with somebody who survived his addiction," she continues. "We were having a conversation, and he told me if he used one more time, he would die. The song's message is, 'I made it out. I actually overcame that.' Not everyone makes it through. It doesn't happen to everybody. Addiction's always been close to me. I can't say I'm an angel, but it's not my struggle."
Arum produced the rest of the EP in addition to performing most of the instruments. It's distinctly her vision. "Heaven" trumpets a gospel-size chant over delicate pluck and airy hum dedicated to her brother. Spurred on by her obsession with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, "War" paints a portrait of unrest amidst the natural yearning for love written over the course of seven years.
"When we went to war in Iraq, I remember thinking, 'Humans all just want to be loved,'" she comments. "The ego thing comes in. I compare it to two hearts. Two sets of people want to kill each other because they're so attached to their beliefs. I was in a serious relationship with someone who fought in Iraq and lost his eye. You think about it and feel dead and alive at the same time."
Then, there's the stirring title track, which takes flight on a nylon string guitar and her impressive delivery. "Loners have a slight insecurity, but also a lot of pride," she smiles. "I'm a very independent person. I'm writing about that sense of detachment that creates comfort."
Now, Arum's stories have the power to resound with listeners worldwide on Loners. "I hope when people hear my music they can find a sense of themselves in it," she leaves off. "Maybe they can relate to it, and it might move them."
Premiered online by Neon Gold, Gordi's latest single "Can We Work It Out" had over 150,000 plays on Spotify in its first two weeks, reached number 3 on the Hype Machine charts and was added to rotation on triple j shortly after Zan Rowe gave the track its world radio premiere. "Nothing's As It Seems" peaked at no. 5 on the Spotify Viral Chart, no. 6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, top 40 Shazam charts (with over 20,000 Shazams to date), no. 17 on the Hype Machine Charts and was the 8th most added track to radio around Australia two weeks after release - all independently.
After a stint writing and working in Tanzania, Gordi (pronounced with a hard 'G') relocated from her hometown Canowindra to Sydney to pursue her musical career. Gordi transformed the shells of demos recorded in her university dorm room in Sydney's Newtown into dynamic and full-bodied indie-folk songs with the help of Melbourne producer Benjamin McCarthy.
Gordi's musical instincts began on the ivory at an early age by virtue of her piano teacher mother. Like so many of her musical heroes, she was later drawn to the earthiness of the steel string - a useful piece of armoury to have growing up on a farming property in central western New South Wales. But the craft in her songwriting is found partly in the emotional spectrum that her tracks span - from wistful aching to spirited celebration, her lyrical journeys take us places in our memories and imaginations that belie her 22 years. The candour in Gordi's songs is matched by a vocal tone that is at once fractured and brimming with richness. Combining vintage vocal layering and earthy guitar textures with delicate modern electronic production, Gordi's sonic palette is one she can call her own.
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