Lovely and unsettling. Brightly arranged and shot through with darkness. Rooted in folk yet still using the language of art rock and electronica. The artist Hite revels in these contradictions in her striking debut album Light Of A Strange Day. Hite is someone we’ve met before: she is the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Julia Easterlin, who collaborated with the famed Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure on their album Touristes.
The new moniker marks a new direction for Hite: as Julia Easterlin, she made her initial reputation by looping and layering her voice to create her music. This record, she says, “is a natural progression, away from loops and into more flexible, expressive forms of storytelling.” “Eliza Jane” is the lead track and video from Light Of A Strange Day.
Outlets such as Spotify have already embraced Hite’s music, featuring tracks in playlists such as Fresh Finds, Indie Acoustic and The Global Viral 50. Fans in the New York area can catch her performing around the Empire State, dates listed below.
May 2 – Union Pool – Wilsen album release party w/ Alpenglow // 8pm
May 17 – Brooklyn Bazaar w/ Ritual Talk and CVS at Night // 8pm // Tickets
May 22 – The Hum @ Good Room w/ Arooj Aftab + Maeve Gilchrist // 8pm
June 7 – Rockwood 2 // 9:15
June 24 – Blackdome Festival – Windham, NY