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TRAILS, Luka and Keturah Johnson [Megaphono 2018]
February 9, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$15
Trails is Allie O’Manique, a young, prolific songwriter from Ottawa, Canada who weaves reverb-laden guitars through layers of smoky alto vocals. Trails’ live performances draw the room into a psychedelic haze, looping vocals and guitars while channeling artists such as Mazzy Star and Beach House.
Trails has enchanted Canadian audiences at festivals such as MEGAPHONO and Arboretum Festival, and supported artists such as Tim Hecker, The Wooden Sky, Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) and The Acorn. She was awarded the MEGAPHONO artist residency in 2017, and went on to record with Evening Hymns’ Jonas Bonnetta, with whom she is currently producing her debut full-length album.
“Leave Her Be” is the first fruit from these recordings; a beautiful but painfully raw recounting of a difficult relationship, delivered with the confidence of a mid-career artist. At 18, Allie is far from it; for Trails, the best is surely yet to come.
LUKA is nylon string poet-crooner Luke Kuplowsky and his gentle rock n’ rollers. In their first two albums, Calling All Cats Black (2013), and Summon Up a Monkey King (2016), Kuplowsky has developed a vocal and lyrical style of opposites: deadpan spoken-word delivery transitions into a rich melodic tenor; poetic musings fall alongside conversational and plain-spoken observations. His latest work What Kind of Animal (2017) was recorded live in a single session and showcases eight poetic works that unravel questions of self-doubt, companionship, integrity and faith amidst sonic extremes of patient stillness and careening noise.
Keturah Johnson is an artist who traverses the deep caverns of her mind through music. Since 2009, Keturah has made a name for herself in Ottawa making music that resonates with audiences of varied tastes.
Keturah Johnson’s voice is as electrifying in the studio as it is live—the sheer impact of her songwriting and abilities cannot be understated. If there is a defining aspect of Keturah’s music that must be highlighted, it is her ability to entrance listeners with her stage presence, profound lyricism, and unforgettable vocals. She commands unwavering attention until the last note is played and final lyric is sung.