A solo project by frontwoman Amy Savoie, Crooked Forest allows others to hear and understand the songs that have shaped her thought closet from her past to present day. Her music has been an avenue for her and others to process through ideas and issues such as anxiety, doubt, faith, and finding purpose in this life. Through piano and acoustic guitar, the singer-songwriter creates an environment that invites vulnerability, transparency, love, and hope through her own experiences of growing up in the Metro-Detroit area.

Crooked Forest was disbanded in 2017

CROOKED FOREST Links:

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Members:

Amy Savoie


NAAL is the surrealist, drone/rock project of Chicago native Dave Mantel. Characterized by a sonic journey taken between more traditional instrumental post-rock, and the fringe elements of ambient, noise, drone, and field recordings, NAAL is a project that wanders freely between elements of all of those genres, while juxtaposing their individual elements to create a unique sonic palate. 

Formed in 2013 with the release of the debut project titled Wilderlands, NAAL has released 4 EP's, with a debut full-length announced for a 2017 release. Each of the past three releases, 2014’s “Compass” and “Chaos Monsters,” and 2015’s “TIME” EP, charted as best-sellers on Bandcamp. Beyond his recordings, NAAL has begun to bring a live show audio/visual experience that focuses on the mellower side of the project. Long, texturally complex soundscapes are complimented by an ambient visual experience aimed at exploring dark, metaphysical and surrealist themes.

 

NAAL's debut full length album 'A703' is out now!

Naal Links:

Artist Website
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members:

Dave Mantel

 

Qajaq (kī-ˌak) is a singer-songwriter ambient duo from Chicago. They craft lush soundscapes inspired by the natural world.

Formed in 2013 by David Shay, Qajaq, the Greenlandic word for kayak, is meant to be just that: a boat for an individual to journey out to a sacred place in search for answers to bigger questions; questions about reality, social structures, the injustices of the modern world, and postmodern views on the divine. Qajaq attempts to act as a vessel to a spiritual place where maybe some truth lies.

Qajaq Links:

Website
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YouTube

Members:

David Shay
Erica Johnson
 

Through honest lyrics and soothing melodies, Sam Arias promotes a personal reflection inspired by the singer-songwriter form. With open-ended arrangements featuring layered and harmonious sounds he writes from his life experiences unveiling both faith and doubts. Coming from his diverse upbringing in and outside Chicago, he blends the warm and cold influences found in soul and rock music . Sam can be seen anywhere from playing in a bar with a band of close friends to a house show as a solo act.

Sam's new EP, 'The End of Halcyon Days' releases on 11/27, and is available for pre-order now.

Sam Arias Links:

Website
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Members:

Sam Arias