The Cabin Project is an orchestral indie pop band from the Portland whose sound stems from anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, loop pedals, and string sections. The songs are musically expansive, yet retain an intimacy similar to that of The National, Bon Iver, Feist, and Mates of State.
Born in an attic studio lined with Douglas Fir, the band started as a project of Katie Sawicki, a former-folksinger from Brooklyn who became inspired by electric guitars, keys, synthesizers, and balancing all three onstage. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Sawicki sought out musicians to collaborate with, leading her to music partner Zanny Geffel, an orchestral drummer, rooted in jazz and percussion, with a preponderance for poetry and onstage mayhem. The band’s newest member is Rebekah Hanson, a PhD in viola recently turned onto delay and effects pedals, creating the band’s strings and bass section.
The Cabin Project released their second album, Heliotrope, this last October. The album came together after passing demos back and forth between coasts and collaborating with a variety of talented musicians from all over the country. The Cabin Project has worked hard to build the community of influences and collaborations that surround Heliotrope, and what results is a culminated sound that chimes earnest, reverent, and full of warmth. Their newest release, Sine, is an EP of songs taking the band’s indie rock sound to the next level.
Bend Oregon based Wilderness is a band dancing somewhere between the lines of rock n roll, folk, and experimental-noise-pop… If there is such a thing… Appropriately described by the Bulletin’s music editor, Ben Salmon, as a “..north-of-the-border version of Southwestern roots act Calexico, or an earthbound take on Explosions in the Sky’s celestial jams, …or Wilco indulging their ragged edge. With an experimental streak that occasionally runs the stop sign.” Band members Bradley David Parsons (drums), Nick “Sassy” Graham (bass), Nora K.W. Smith (keys, vocals, noise makers) and Jared Nelson Smith (guitars, vocals, buttons) together create a wholly unique sound that not only invites but challenges and inspires. An energetic, and sometimes chaotic live show that’s as dynamic as it is engaging, Wilderness is just as the name implies, not only a quiet place to reflect, but the unknown, the edge, the other side of the line.
Wilderness is currently touring in support of their self-released debut album “Homeward From the Battle” and is currently in the beginning stages of a sophomore effort. Expect to hear from them very very soon. And see them live if they make it near you. You won’t regret it.