Caitlin Brothers of ppoacher ppoacher’s unique use of voice and earnestly goofy stage presence have left audiences wondering if the performer before them was an ethereal goblin, a feral roof dog, a long lost friend, a hillbilly Kate Bush impersonator, a banshee suffering an identity crisis, or a bag of feelings parading as a woman……
Brothers’ distinct writing style is marked by congenial contrasts: passionate & playful, calculated & relaxed, approachable & quirky. The lyrics communicate a simultaneous existential dread and intoxicating thrill of living and loving, a practice in raw and shameless vulnerability.
The recent addition of Nathan Smerage's contemporary old timer string stylings has made these tunes a bed of haunting and cyclical whimsy. Originally playing rock n roll guitar, this intensely talented instrumentalist found a new love in ragtime, fingerpicking and clawhammer banjo. All of these aspects dance together in his playing, creating a sense of warm timelessness and some just straight up catchy hooks.
Residing in Santa Fe, NM by way of Fayetteville, AR, the influence of the land that made the woman making the music is palpable. Vocal Melodies expanding and contracting like a drive through the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, dipping howls and glottal stops like the churning of the Buffalo River, earthy grit of guttural tones like the red clay mud both lands harbor.
One can easily hear the influence of various folk music traditions, pop sensibilities, old school country heartbreak, peppered with a feeling of moving through other worlds....primarily the emotional landscape; beauty transmuted through valleys of deep pain, peaks of ecstatic joy, soft rolling hills of serenity, jagged rock formations of rage, and the bizarre catharsis of the open hearted exploration of it all. The performer as vehicle, steering you through with spells of the tenor banjo, celtic harp, and mostly human voice.
"ppoacher ppoacher crafts tiny spell songs out of feelings to poach the poachers that aim to steal the magic & love from within to exploit it. These spells are both balsam & weapon, hungry mouth & ripe fruit." -ppoacher ppoacher *artist's description inspired by the lyrics of Dimi Mint Abba's incredible song, "Art's Plume"*
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