photo: Tod Seelie
This post seems a bit overdue now as the news on Casey Dienel’s new record (Phylactery Factory on Dead Oceans Mar 4) under the moniker White Hinterland was picked up by the influential Stereogum and Gorilla vs Bear weeks ago. Sadly, the accolades were followed by reports of misfortune. While in New York City, Casey and her young comrades were the victims of a heinous theft: all their gear stolen from the van. A donation fund was setup at the band’s site.
The album was recorded in Portland at The Type Foundry Studio with Adam Selzer (of Norfolk & Western, naturally). The whole band kicked in actually: Dave Depper, Rachel Blumberg, Peter Broderick (also of Horsefeathers, Efterklang, and under his own name), and Cory Gray (also of Carcrashlander) contributed polish as the backing band. Cementing the Portland community sound-stamp, Laura Gibson sings on two songs and Jordan Hudson (formerly of The Thermals and Operacycle) played vibraphone. It’s a classy record, and all leading indicators suggest you’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come.
In the meantime, whet your appetite with “Dreaming Of The Plum Trees” . How about that bassline? Nice work, Mr. Depper.
Lastly, hop on over to NPR’s Bryant Park to listen and watch another in-studio sesh.
Viva Le White Hinterland!