powerdove • indie, folk

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

407 Central Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-242-4900
Website: Click to Visit

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Annie Lewandowski comes from Minnesota, a place full of things that are long and longer: church services, dinner tables, and worry lines, to name a few. Somebody said there are ten thousand lakes there; if that’s true, each of them shows up in some little way in Annie’s songs. She writes under the name powerdove, which began as a band of one in California in 2007. A document of this brief solo era can be found on her EP Live from the Maybeck House (s/r, 2010). Before long, powerdove evolved into three; that trio (with Alex Vittum, percussion, and Jason Hoopes, bass) recorded Be Mine in 2009 (Circle into Square, 2010). On her new album, Do you Burn? (March, 2013), many of the songs were written along the scuzzy River Itchen in Hampshire, England, where Annie played concerts and went on the occasional European tour with Curtis McKinney, a laptop composer who uses Supercollider. After this year spent down by the sea, she returned to the US, settling in upstate New York and writing the rest of the material on the new album. When it came time to record, Annie enlisted the help of an old California friend, John Dieterich (Deerhoof), and a new French one, Thomas Bonvalet (L’ocelle Mare). Three great improvisers, they worked fast. The resulting album Do You Burn? lies somewhere near The Marble Index, David Sylvian, Diane Cluck, and the Curtains (of which Annie is a former member). The roughness and fluidity of these tracks owe to their origin in mostly live takes, which have also lent a certain intimacy to every sound: these are little songs to love, but there is also great mystery here, and even menace. Do You Burn? is available from Murailles Music/Africantape and Circle into Square Records.

See also: Four Up

Six degrees of nü-folk, mercury rising, all that jazz and rocking the cat’s cradle

Daniel Margreth

Ithica, N.Y.-based artist Annie Lewandowski grew up in Minnesota, which she describes as “a place full of things that are long and longer: church services, dinner tables and worry lines.” She’s been performing and recording as powerdove since 2007, sometimes solo and sometimes accompanied. Lewandowski’s latest collaborative powerdove outing was written while traveling “along the scuzzy River Itchen in Hampshire, England” and once she settled into home again. Do You Burn? is aural cream skimmed from the realms of both “difficult,” dissonant noise and expansive nü-folk. Do You Burn? was recorded at the Albuquerque home of sonic partner John Dieterich (Deerhoof, Summer Assassins), along with a citizen of southern France, Thomas Bonvalet (L'Ocelle Mare). Experience powerdove, Teetotum and Adam Woods at Sister (407 Central NW) on Thursday, July 18. This 21-and-over shouldn’t-miss kicks off at 9 p.m., and admission is $5.

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