New White Hinterland – “Icarus”

The first track from White Hinterland’s forthcoming Kairos finds Casey Dienel dropping the brushed-drum jazz and acoustic cabaret-folk feel of Phylactery Factory and the smiley bird of Wind-Up Canary to instead follow the hushed experimental threads she hinted at when we asked her to cover Björk. She expanded on that clanging palette via her Francophile-core Luniculaire EP and refined it to a whisper with her cover of Arthur Russell’s “Lucky Cloud.” Yeah, there was a sorta darkness on Phylactery Factory (remember the cartoon blood on the cover?), but this pushes things deeper and then recasts it in a denser electro realm. Maybe it was her and bandmate Shawn Creeden’s move to Oregon. All that rain. And over at she mentions having Fever Ray on repeat. Whatever the case, I find these sorts of aesthetic shifts interesting. Especially when they happen in threes. (Oddly, it’s the second song of the day on a Greek Mythology kick.) Take a listen.

White Hinterland – “Icarus” (MP3)

Kairos is out 3/9 via Dead Oceans. Here’s the Russell. Just because.

White Hinterland – “Lucky Cloud” (Arthur Russell Cover) (MP3)