Whales Whailing is a Spiritual Psychedelic Folk-Rock band based in
Portland, Oregon led by singer/songwriter, Peter Ryan (vocals,
guitar). The band currently consists of Phillip Rogers (drums,
vocals), Jared Dancler (bass, vocals), and Mel Baker (vocals). Songs
have a spiritual focus and are inspired by dreams, journeys,
out-of-body experiences, relationshops, and the rewards and challenges
of daily life. After many home-demos, "Light Body Heavy Being" (July
2014) was their first full-length album, and "BodySpeak" (July 2015)
will be their second.
Influences include Raffi, Iris Dement, Stevie Wonder, Eleanor Murray,
Thanksgiving, Julie Doiron, Nick Drake, Luz Elena Mendoza, John Prine,
Mount Eerie, Catherine Feeny, Jimi Hendrix, Haley Heynderickx, Toots
and the Maytals, Mirah, AJ Woods, Alice Coltrane, Radiohead, Sibylle
Baier, Bob Marley, and Erykah Badu.
"BodySpeak" is a collaborative album that features 10 local guest vocalists,
including Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba/Tiburones), Catherine Feeny,
Holland Andrews (Like a Villain), Jem Marie (Ghost Ease), and more! The
songs are focused on spirituality, healing, love, pain, friendship, family,
and interconnectedness. The song "Belonging" ends with a choir of friends
singing, "We all belong to this Earth while we're here", recorded in a
historic Portland mansion. Lauren K Newman plays lead guitar on a couple
songs, and there are some 3-part harmonies with band members Phillip
Rogers (drums) and Jared "Ashi" Dancler (bass).
You can hear a 3-song sample of "BodySpeak", and our previous album at
Folk singer songwriter Haley Heynderickx has recently turned electric with her dear friends Lily Breshears on bass, and Jeff Evans on drums.
The new band is still young to the Portland scene, but are excited to expand and grow. Together the group jokes that their sound is "doom folky,"
but realistically sounds a bit more like alternative rock. Kind of. You will just have to go out and see if the curiosity carries you.
Merō is an electronic indie trip pop band from Portland. With lush cavernous vocals, swelling electric guitars, rushing soundscapes, and somewhat R&B/ hip hop influenced electronic beats, Merō seems to have arrived from its modern influences (Sylvan Esso, Bjork, Four Tet, James Blake, Daughter) nuanced by its folk roots, prophetic dreams and a fascination with the evolution of human history. It is currently evolving in its experimental, beginning stages. Merō is the newest project from Portland songwriters Mel Baker (The Breaking Yard, Sandy Loam, Whales Whailing, Luz Elena Mendoza), Rachel Anna Dial (Big World Audio Theater) and Caroline Belk. Previously playing predominantly indie folk or acoustic music, Mel (electric guitar, vocals, effects) Rachel Anna (electric guitar, vocals), and Caroline (Ableton live) are sharing the music that has been surfacing in each of them for quite some time. Mel and Rachel connected musically when Mel joined The Big World Audio Theatre for a West Coast tour in September of 2014. They began sharing and writing music together this past winter. After playing a small house show in February and receiving a very positive response/ being asked to play more shows, they decided to continue working together. Wanting to bring to fruition the more experimental direction they longed for, they enlisted the help of Caroline, who helped Mel begin to hone the soundscape, beats and effects she was writing using Ableton live. Caroline is now fully involved in the creative writing process.