For those of you who don't know, I am located in Portland Oregon. Portland is one of the best places for a musician to get their feet off the ground. You could practically throw a rock anywhere within the confines of Portland and you'd most likely hit a musician. Of course, I'm not literally suggesting that you should throw a rock at a musician, but you get the picture.
Every night there are at least 20-30 venues featuring all kinds of music from avant garde, electronic, folk, bluegrass, pop, indie-rock, blues, experimental. I have really been interested in finding out more about what's going on in the local scene, so this series will continue until I run out of bands to rave about. This is the first installment of the series, so I hope you enjoy it.
Tu Fawning are a duo from Portland Oregon who have both been fixtures in the local music scene for many years. Corinna Repp has two albums available on Hush Records that are in the confessional singer/songwriter vein with Corrina's sweet voice layered over the top of electronic drumbeats. Joe Haege is the lead singer/guitar slasher from Portland's prolific math rock/prog trio who have recorded 5 full-lengths and 3 ep's since 2000.
Joe Haege and Corrina Repp decided to put their respective bands on temporary hiatus to record the yet to be released debut ep for Tu Fawning. From the two songs I've heard on their Myspace page, I would say that this album has the potential to be one of the best of 2008. "I'm Gone" sounds like a contemporary film noir soundtrack mixed with trip-hop. "Out Like Bats" is an exquisite song with soaring vocal melodies and chiming guitars that recall Zach Condon's Beirut without the marching band sound. Keep an eye out for their debut EP!
Here is a link to their Myspace page with the two songs they have available to preview.
Here is a link to 31 Knots homepage.
Here is a link to Hush Records Website.