CROOKED FOREST Links:

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Members:

Amy Savoie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For Fans Of:

Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom, Sandra McCracken

Naal Links:

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members:

Dave Mantel

 

 

 

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, now with several EP's, a full length record, and two film soundtracks released under this project, NAAL has evolved from bedroom recording experiments in emulating other artists and styles, to a more developed and mature voice that is his own. Additionally, breaking out of the "studio-project-only" idea that most artists in the genre adhere to, NAAL has developed and toured a full multi-sensory live show since the release of his full length, A703 in 2017.
Along with the future release of already completed film compositions, NAAL is planning on several more projects, both individual and colaborative, for the next year.

What people ARE SAYING:

"Exemplary... [An album narrative] with a fluid slowness like a current felt subtly beneath the ripples" -Mandala Eyes

"Very hopeless... but in a nostalgic and embracing way." -Arafura

 "These lush instrumental compositions are deceptively simple, yet the production aesthetics are rich and full of beautiful layers." -The Sirens Sound

"A piece of ambient post rock that is as heartbreaking as it is subdued." -A Year of Vinyl

FOR FANS OF:

Hakobune, hotel neon, William Basinski

Qajaq Links:

Website
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YouTube

Members:

David Shay
Erica Johnson
 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For Fans Of:

The National, Bon Iver, Strand of Oaks

Sailbear Links:

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members:

Patrick Quigley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailbear is the background noise of the rustbelt midwest. Pasting sound to feeling, filling ears with the grit and determination of a people who work long hours to make their dreams reality.  Sailbear focuses on soundtrack, ambient, and noise projects- often in collaboration with other artists of various mediums: choreographers, videographers, painters, and other musicians. Sailbear started creating music in 2014 and released his debut full-length soundtrack in 2015 in collaboration with Fischer Dance.

The brand new Sailbear colaborative project, Holding Space, is available now!

FOR FANS OF:

Disasterpeace, Danny Baranowsky, Christopher Larkin

Sam Arias Links:

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Soundcloud
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Members:

Sam Arias

 

 

 

 

 

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.

FOR FANS OF:

James Blake, Bon Iver, Moses Sumney