Having performed with such wildly varied artists as Six Organs of Admittance, Jonathan Richmond, Guantanamo Baywatch, and Tom Brosseau, Donald seems to be perpetually touring up and down the west coast, lucky for us. He easily bounces back and forth between choogling, dreamy slide guitar and heavy grinding riffs. His pensive and listless vocals are so intimate sounding you feel as though he misses you as he sings, while he conjures desert sunsets, drifting smoke, lost dreams, empty pools, earnest hearts, and forgotten futures.
One of the most exciting voices to be discovered in a very long time, Emily Wryn’s music has the power to lift you up into the ether, by way of her minimalist, ghostly chords…but just as you begin to float on that cloud of guitar-driven bliss, she brings you back down to earth, delivering haunting truths of self-reflection and our shared human condition, with her soaring voice that seems otherworldly. Our old wounds are opened again but don’t you worry—this emotional autopsy won’t hurt! No, Emily Wryn truly has the power to heal what has gone sour in our hearts. Underneath the peaceful, composed exterior of this delicate creature, lies a breathlessly powerful, feral spirit. Her feminine prowess is oddly fragile and commanding all at once–and when she performs live, the entire room is under her spell. My advice: Catch her at a small, intimate show, before she becomes too big for the small coastal town she hails from, Lompoc CA. – D. V. Tassel