SLUG Magazine’s newest SLUG Picnic lineup options the assorted singer-songwriter stylings of Elowyn, Cherry Thomas and Fur Foxen. They’ve all been by some shit and wish to throw life some punches by jamming it out. Come out on Aug. 22 to the brand new SLUG HQ at at 230 S. 500 W., on the Artspace Metropolis Heart for $15 an individual for a socially distanced picnic that includes meals from Kafé Mamai, with seating beginning at 5:30 p.m. and music at 6 p.m.
Although Elowyn is a lifelong artist, singer and a near-veteran of the Salt Lake Metropolis music scene, her fledgling solo challenge outlines a brand new musical house. With percussive assist from drummer and long-time collaborator Milo, Elowyn’s new output of R&B-tinged folks rock seeks each to additional the duo’s particular person and collective musical development and function an outlet for grief processing, societal confusions and artwork’s therapeutic capabilities.
Elowyn first started working by these solo songs a few 12 months in the past, partly in response to the emotional toll undertaken after a breakup. “A number of these songs stem from that course of,” she says, “that feeling you possibly can’t get off the bed, you don’t wanna go to work—having a variety of misplaced time, feeling misplaced time.” Add to this the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Civil Rights motion following the homicide of George Floyd: “If I’m being fully trustworthy, I’m feeling actually unhappy about our world,” she says, “[and music is] how I categorical issues.”
Greater than providing a mode of communication for these particular feelings, Elowyn’s new challenge pinpoints an overarching creative landmark: For the primary time, her creative expressivity and her musical technicality discovered a gathering level. Having solely began enjoying the bass seven years in the past (and the guitar lower than that), Elowyn finds a renewed consolation in her expression as a songwriter and instrumentalist. “I really feel like I’m lastly at some extent the place I can write the music that I’ve at all times needed [to], and I take pleasure in listening to it,” she says. Milo provides that, “It’s been real and natural development. [She] ha[s] actual issues taking place which can be inspiring [her] to talk and discuss and share … That’s what music’s alleged to be like.”
“If I’m being fully trustworthy, I’m feeling actually unhappy about our world … [and music is] how I categorical issues.”
As an illustration, one in every of her present songs dates again to age 18, a melody and lyrics written shortly after her mom handed: “I had the melody in my head, however I didn’t know find out how to play guitar—I used to be a singer,” she says. “I’ve at all times had [the melody] in a pocket book, and at some point I used to be like, ‘You understand what? I might most likely discover chords. I do know chords now. I can most likely determine it out.’” And such was the genesis of what would turn into, a 12 months later, this present challenge. With the musical enter of Milo, Elowyn’s music is increasing from bedroom-bound melodies into full-fledged songs.
If songwriting serves as a catharsis and mode of communal sharing for Elowyn, she hopes for the efficiency and launch of this music to unfold emotional salves to whomever may want them. As a self-professed “theatre geek” with a studied previous of technique performing, Elowyn says that, initially, “I’m a performer. I would like you to really feel what I’m feeling.” Whereas she admits that broadcasting these extremely private songs to the general public agitates a few of her self-conscious tendencies, she in the end depends on the assuredness of her self-expression. “I attempt to have [it] behind my thoughts [to] not attempt to essentially be greater than what I simply am.”
Milo, too, sees his position in Elowyn’s artwork as the newest iteration in his reckoning of the connection between himself, his music and the general public. “Everybody has limitations to their platform and what they will do to make their world round them a greater place,” he says. “I really feel like music is my greatest means [of] doing that, doing optimistic and productive [things] and likewise simply discovering my very own stability. I attempt to communicate by that as a lot as I can and put the love into that.”
“I’m a performer. I would like you to really feel what I’m feeling.”
Each from an aesthetic standpoint and thru their group dynamic, Elowyn and Milo’s music centralizes concepts of genuineness and uncooked, in-the- second expression. The pair have a seven-plus 12 months historical past of enjoying collectively in bands resembling Daisy and the Moonshines and Martian Cult, and this shut musical kinship breeds a full symbiosis in Elowyn and Milo’s artistic course of. “He simply is aware of me as an individual,” says Elowyn. “We’ve been greatest pals for a few years, so he is aware of me on a unique sort of degree, as an alternative of simply as a fellow musician. He simply is aware of find out how to convey it to life with a beat—I don’t even have to present him route.”
With an ethos based on pure expression, continued creative exploration and emotional development, Elowyn and Milo situate themselves on a forward-moving airplane; like an airport’s automated walkway, their music progresses with out extraneous effort, although nonetheless at a measured sufficient tempo to keep away from whiplash and retain sight of their core values and desires. Even when a seemingly infinite array of roadblocks have wedged their means into this challenge’s musical trajectory within the 12 months since its inception, their sturdy hearts, crafty minds and passionate relationship with artwork preserve them persistent.
Catch Elowyn on the SLUG Picnic on the Artspace Metropolis Heart on Aug. 22.