Exclusive: White Hinterland- Lucky Cloud (Arthur Russell Cover)

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Syncopated rhythms, droning synth squarbles and hushed harmonics were all prominent in Arthur Russel’s ever-evolving blend of progressive New York musics. Whether it was disco or avant-pop or interstate strumming, the sound Russell conjured was undeniably his own. The same can be said of White Hinterland, neé Casey Dienel, whose latest tour-only offering features a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” that sounds like it was recorded in a million gallon steel cistern, as well as an extremely faithful, though completely evolved reworking of Arthur Russell’s “Lucky Cloud.” Released posthumously on Another Thought, “Lucky Cloud” is aligned with Russell’s World of Echo work, an obvious touch point for Dienel, who seems to take Russell’s lyric “the more I look ahead, the more I see behind” to heart. A visceral lullaby by an apprentice, White Hinterland’s rendering finds a student paying respect to a mentor. A lucid homage to a teacher who did more for Dienel than any professor, “Lucky Cloud” is a rare example of a cover reaching the same heights as the original, to the point where it almost feels like Russell remixed the track himself.

White Hinterland, Lucky Cloud (Arthur Russell Cover)

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Tour Dates

10.14 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East w/ Former Ghosts
10.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Bruar Falls
10.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkcrate Cafe
10.17 Charlottesville, VA @ Random Row Books w/ David Sickman
10.18 Richmond, VA @ The Triple
10.19 Charlotte, NC @ YAUHAUS
10.20 Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Tea Lights
10.22 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s Pub
10.23 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10.26 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space
10.28 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Former Ghosts

POSTED October 14, 2009 11:31AM IN THE TRIPWIRE Comments (1) TAGS: ,

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