The Essex Green, Caroline Says

3TEN ACL Live Presents

The Essex Green

Caroline Says

Sat · October 6, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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The Essex Green - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
The Essex Green
The Essex Green are loyal and proud residents of Brooklyn, New York. The group consists of present and former members of the erstwhile Vermont outfit, Guppyboy, and The Ladybug Transistor. They are also a band that once recorded an entire album under a completely different name The Sixth Great Lake. It's a veritable musicologist's fantasy.

The Essex Green are a rare breed in today's unilateral homescape. A musical menage a uno, Sasha Bell, Jeff Baron and Christopher Ziter have conspired to bring forth, with the accompaniment of various gifted friends, their most original composition yet The Long Goodbye. With the spirit and panache of a National Geographic exploration, The Long Goodbye covers old yet not always familiar territory; at the same time bringing not a common but rather a collective soul to its sound.

The Long Goodbye is the second full-length recording from The Essex Green and their first release on Merge Records. Their first full length, Everything Is Green, was released by the fine folks at Kindercore Records just before the turn of the century (1999). Following that, a five-song music novella entitled The Essex Green was released in 2000 by The Elephant 6 Recording Company.

Over the last few years, The Essex Green has toured across the U.S., performing with such contemporaries as The Ladybug Transistor, Of Montreal, Beachwood Sparks, The Aislers Set and Apples In Stereo. They have also made the voyage across the pond for a UK tour with Australia's The Lucksmiths. Plans are in the works for extensive U.S tours this spring and fall, with a tour of Europe's finest houses sandwiched in between.

The Long Goodbye is a shimmering jewel of a record. The sort you will find yourself listening to over and over again, tuning in to the layers and layers of sonic viscera. And each time you will find something new. The Long Goodbye finds the band in top form as it peels away some of the masque-committee and brings forth The Essex Green's richest sound yet.
Caroline Says - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Caroline Says
No Fool Like An Old Fool is the sophomore LP from Austin via Alabama musician, Caroline Sallee, aka Caroline Says. Moving beyond the surf-folk foundations of her debut, on No Fool... Sallee loosens her earthly tether, allowing her songs to float to ever higher altitudes on clouds of loops, immaculate melodies, and hypnotic harmonies, as she sings about aging, the daily grind, and hometown stymie. Moving to Austin in 2013 gave her a new perspective on her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, which informed the overall vibe of the album. “I think leaving my fairly small hometown and then going back to visit it inspired the feeling I went for on this album. I observed that so many people I knew were content doing basically nothing. Or that they were scared to try to do anything or leave town, like they felt stuck there.”

The first few notes of the Daniel Rossen-esque opener “First Song” dutifully establish the surreal and slightly tragic tone of longing maintained throughout the album. The curiously upturning melodies ride out on a rich ambient texture before “Sweet Home Alabama” cuts the fog with a crackling 60's soul loop that's charming and catchy enough to induce a cathartic laugh from the listener. The brightness fades with the frosty and propulsive “A Good Thief Steals Clean,” which features lyrics inspired by the 1971 film Panic in Needle Park, and the idea of being in love with a heroin addict. “I tend to write from the perspectives of characters in dark situations, even though my songs may sound bright,” Sallee notes of her alluring juxtaposition of sunny production and grim lyrics. She employs this dynamic again on “Rip Off,” a frenetically percussive song with lyrics inspired by an NPR story about a young Iraqi man who was killed in an ISIS bombing just before moving to NYC to become a professional dancer. Inspired by Terrence Malick's Badlands and Bruce Springsteen's “Nebraska,” the song “Black Hole” features multi-voice harmonies sung from the perspective of 50's spree killer Charles Starkweather.

Finding time to record while working three jobs was no easy task, and her living situation didn't make it any easier. Sallee explains “I lived in a disgusting mildewed basement apartment that was like living in a gross cave. My landlords were a crazy old couple that lived above me, and it was like living inside of a drum. I could hear their footsteps, and their dog’s footsteps, and a lot of the time it just sounded like they were throwing things on their floor. It was so hard to find a perfectly quiet time to record. I recorded all my loud stuff (amped guitar, drums) during the day, and had to do quieter stuff like vocals late at night.” The hurdles she navigated to record naturally led to ad hoc recording techniques, and endless sonic experimentation, often leading to her use of the computer as an instrument. She remarks “I did a lot of recording in a state of exhaustion from working so much. I was so worn down that these songs were able to just come through.” No Fool Like An Old Fool is a fine soundtrack for this kind of liminal state, honest in its weariness, glad to be done with the day, carrying itself into tomorrow with a bleary-eyed sense of wonder and hope for the future. A tireless worker, and a wellspring of creativity, whatever Caroline Says, we will be listening.
Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701