Tatters and Rags 8:00 PM
Finding Fiction 9:00 PM
Second Floor Stories 10:00 PM
Emily Jane White 11:00 PM
Emily Jane White was raised in Fort Bragg, California, a seaside town nestled in the misty, secluded woodland of the Mendocino Coast where old men tell stories about logging and young girls dream of San Francisco. Time moves slowly in Fort Bragg, where in place of big-city sharp shocks of excitement there stretches one drawn-out, stable truth, quiet and unflinching. You will live, Fort Bragg says, and then you will also assuredly die.
This pensive feeling was established with White’s first album, “ Dark Undercoat”, which critics and fans alike called a masterpiece; White herself is more inclined to call it a bare set of sketches. Conversely, her new album “Victorian America” fills in the blank lines from “Dark Undercoat” with color, dynamics, orchestrations and a richer sense of poetics, the product of the three years’ work. “I pushed myself a little bit further in terms of songwriting”, White notes, “and the arrangements were more of a collaboration between everyone involved in the band. Fortunately this group of people allowed for a lot of experimentation. It was an incredibly organic and enjoyable process.”
With positive coverage in Spin and Rolling Stone and with a large European fan base – the reward of near-constant touring – Emily Jane White is the newcomer to watch this year. “Victorian America”, like the country it is banned for, is not an album that rests easy, nor does it exist for the sake of existing.