Noa Babayof, Sharon Van Etten, & Thinguma*JigSaw
- July 14, 2008 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The young Israeli singer/songwriter Noa Babayof is rapidly establishing a presence on the new international folk scene. Her arresting singing and writing style is influenced by the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, along with such contemporary icons as Diane Cluck, Smog and the Espers. Her debut album From A Window To A Wall was recorded and mixed by renowned Greg Weeks (The Espers) at his studio in Philadelphia, and was released in June 08 on Weeks's Language of Stone records.
Sharon Van Etten
Brooklyn based songwriter Sharon Van Etten plays a determinedly do-it-yourself brand of American folk music. Her spare, subtle music and poignant lyrics have drawn comparisons to everyone from classic figures such as Vashti Bunyan and Marianne Faithfull, to contemporary artists like Diane Cluck and Gillian Welch. After several self-released recordings, she is currently working on a new album with the Espers' Greg Weeks to be released later this year.
The music of Norwegian duo Thinguma*jigSaw matches the loopy surrealism of its name. Their subversive "splatterfolk" style combines elements of traditional Irish/British/American folk with contemporary art music, and spices it up with lyrical and musical components usually associated with horror films, experimental theatre and modernistic poetry. Their debut album, (awakeinwhitechapel), was released in 2007 on the Irish Deserted Village label (also home to United Bible Studies) and appeared on a number of year's-best lists.