TVD Recommends: Carrie Ashley Hill and Xander Duell at Baby’s All Right, 2/9

Brooklyn based recording artist Xander Duell will be performing music from his highly anticipated second solo record, Wade Laiste, which will be released by the Swedish artist collective known as Ingrid (helmed by Lykke Li, Miike Snow, and other luminaries) internationally in March 2015. The record’s first single, “Earth on its Axis,” is available on iTunes. Xander’s wild previous effort, Experimental Tape No.2 Vol.1, was released by Mexican Summer in 2011.

The experimental nature of Duell’s music rears its head in style and content atop songwriting that touches the emotional core without hesitation or regret. There is joy and sadness here, electronics and guitars, grandeur alongside the neon-lit sleaze. Calibrate your expectations appropriately on this one, but be prepared to have them shattered by this outsider work, in the spirit of Scott Walker’s numbered albums and the prime cut of ’70s soft rock.

Carrie Ashley Hill hails from Texas and also calls Brooklyn home but wrote her first song from a much different place, literally stranded in Trinidad, Colorado. “Hill’s love-weary voice recalls breathy country legends like Emmylou Harris and the resolve of Stevie Nicks,” noted the Village Voice.

Her debut EP, “Me Et All,” released August 2013, was composed of these first songs and Viva Radio Blog called it, “classic Americana, with arrangements that walk the line between dirgy and dreamy.”

In 2014, she released the single “Found You,” a collaboration with fiance and writing partner Jeff Berrall of Caveman. The pair recently returned to the studio with Sam Hopkins (Caveman), Matt Clark (ex-White Rabbits) and Dan Iead (Cass McCombs) to work on a full length album and another single featuring a cover off of Gene Clark’s Gypsy Angel Demos. All five will share the stage on the 9th.

Carrie and Xander’s friendship stretches back to the last year of the sheep, back when Xander fronted Inouk with brother Damon McMahon (Amen Dunes). This show brings it all full circle, a long time in the making.

Monday (2/9) at Baby’s All Right
Johanna Samuels opens, doors at 8pm. Entry is FREE.

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