Now’s The Time

If you are not yet familiar with the wonderful music Haley Fohr makes, then this is the ideal moment to get stunned by her latest release as Circuit des Yeux, Reaching for Indigo.

Fohr is much more than just a voice, although that voice is incredible, and this new album is a substantial advancement in her ideas. It coheres as a unique statement of song-craft. The only musician who I think gives proper perspective on what Fohr is doing is Joni Mitchell—coming out of post-punk, Fohr is drastically different in style, but she has the same concern with making songs that work as songs while also feeling free to use musical elements that have nothing to do with pop/rock conventions. Where Mitchell used jazz, among other materials, on this album Fohr incorporates elements of Steve Reich, David Borden, and others.

Get this record. While you’re at it, here’s another video:

And also check out her countryfied Jackie Lynn project, songs as fictions:

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I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.