With a voice that can meander from a whispering purr to a hardened howl, Hip Hatchet lusters the poetics of travel. Threading bold and unique guitar picking patterns with the strings of experience Hip Hatchet, the songwriting moniker of Philippe Bronchtein, is the beautiful resolution of a life lived in motion.
Bronchtein has traveled the world solo and as a keyboardist in Portland’s Quiet Life. In his solo work, he takes on anything but a backseat, bleeding brutal honesty cut with pedal steel guitar. Hip Hatchet’s forth album, “Hold You Like a Harness” and its single, “Coward’s Luck” will be released in April.
“Coward’s Luck” develops the simple melodies and lyrics of “Joy and Better Days” (Gravitation Records, 2012) into a bigger, more complex tale of life and love. His most fully orchestrated album to date, Bronchtein has learned to rely on strengths of others, including Scott Davis on guitar (Hayes Carll), Nathan Crockett (Horse Feathers) on violin, and Ty Bailie (Widower) on B3 and Piano. “Coward’s Luck” introduces a bigger sound for Hip Hatchet’s traveling songs. Steeped in pedal steel and organ, Bronchtein’s familiar growl sits on an updated and reinvigorated sonic bed.
“Hold You Like A Harness” invites you into the passenger seat of Hip Hatchet’s travels and trials, where a world of even tempered strength and delicate insecurity exist together.
After beating cancer and the subsequent year of recovery in Northeastern Vermont, John Glouchevitch returned from the forest to discover that his childhood best friend had committed suicide. In the following months, he channeled his grief into the musical project Eyes Made Quiet.
Glouchevitch moved in with his parents back in Los Angeles to keep vigil with the few instruments left around the house from his youth: a cheap Yamaha keyboard, a single delay pedal, his first nylon-string guitar. The ghosts could be purged in a sanctuary of glowing, intimate soundscapes, with warm synths, soft textures, and ethereal, echoing voices.
In the spring of 2016 Eyes Made Quiet will be releasing their debut EP Winter Sun, and playing shows up and down the West Coast.
Portland-based songwriter Malachi Graham presents noir-tinged alt-Americana inspired by complicated women. On her debut EP Selfish (April 2015), recorded to eight-track tape at Mike Coykendall’s Blue Room Studios in Portland, she channels female voices that are intoxicating, self-sabotaging, mesmerizing, and not preoccupied with being liked. With forceful, nuanced electric guitar, percussion, and three-part harmonies led by her strong, unaffected voice, Malachi’s sound perfectly mirrors the unapologetic heroines of her songs.