Sondra Sun-Odeon is a New York-based singer & multi-instrumentalist previously known for her work as half the songwriting force behind dark-world-psych band Silver Summit. Ætherea, her debut solo album, is a much more personal affair. While it takes the same hazy gaze upon the otherworldly, it replaces the abstract ideas and concepts of Silver Summit with intimate songs of love and loss. It's an intricate album that soars through the ethereal, then dives, pummeling into moments of anxious yet delicate noise, all the while being led by Sun-Odeon's haunting voice. The sounds are at times reminiscent of Earth or Charalambides, and the mood and tone call to mind Molina, early Cat Power, or the lost doom of Nico.
10/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hyperion Tavern
10/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
10/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gold House
10/15 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
10/18 - St. Joseph, MO @ Coppa
10/20 - Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
10/21 - Lansing, MI @ Jade House
10/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
10/23 - Kent, OH @ The Stone Tavern
10/24 - Harrisburg, PA @ Make Space
10/29 - Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch
10/31 - Asheville, NC @ The Apothecary
11/01 - Johnson City, TN @ Acoustic Coffeehouse
11/03 - Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
11/04 - Athens, GA @ Green Room
11/05 - Savannah, GA @ Spare Time
11/07 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
11/10 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
11/11 - Lowell, MA @ 119 Gallery
11/12 - Biddeford, ME @ The Oak And The Axe
11/13 - Portsmouth, NH @ Red Door
11/14 - Becket, MA @ The Dreamaway Lodge
11/15 - Amherst, MA @ Mystery Train Records
11/16 - Providence, RI @ AS220
11/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Highwire Gallery
Recorded in the Bushwick, Brooklyn studio of engineer/co-producer Jeff Cook, the creation of Æthereawas slow and deliberate, carefully trying to flesh out the bare spirit of each, initially simple, song. While Sun-Odeon played all of the guitars, slide, and piano, she recruited several friends to add to the record. Helena Espvall of Espers, added her delicate and earth-moving cello parts to many of the tracks, carefully improvising to fit the mood of each song. Her playing helped nourish many of these songs into the forms they take on the album. Leyna Marika Papach's (JG Thirwell's Manorexia, Geraldine Fibbers) sensitive intuition lent the album violin and viola arrangements that complemented Helena's playing perfectly. Ben McConnell's (who has recorded with Beach House, Brightblack Morning Light, Papercuts) creative percussion and deep feel, were the backbone for many of the songs.
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