Bronwen Exter

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  • Bronwen Exter

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Bronwen Exter’s second full-length album, “Junkyard,” released in June 2012, is a chronicle of heartache and homecoming. Her “warm, all-enveloping voice” (The New Yorker) works a dreamy hypnosis through lush arrangements and dark lyrics that describe a world of hometown characters, flirtatious glances, bedroom stories and solitude.

Onstage, she fronts a band that ranges from the spare... more

Bronwen Exter’s second full-length album, “Junkyard,” released in June 2012, is a chronicle of heartache and homecoming. Her “warm, all-enveloping voice” (The New Yorker) works a dreamy hypnosis through lush arrangements and dark lyrics that describe a world of hometown characters, flirtatious glances, bedroom stories and solitude.

Onstage, she fronts a band that ranges from the spare to the bombastic, the whimsical to the funereal. Exter’s songwriting is characterized by invented chords and haunting melodies. The band performs primarily as a quartet, with layers of piano, organ and bass pedals played by Michael Stark building into the alternately restrained and explosive drums played by Dana Billings. Vocalist Jen Middaugh sings dusky, angelic harmonies that fold intimately into Exter’s melody lines.

Other musicians on “Junkyard” include a roster of local stars in the busy music community of Ithaca, NY, its old time community in particular, playing cello, pedal steel, banjo, double bass, baritone sax, trombone and fiddle. The arrangements build at times to symphonic drama, only to be stripped down to a found-percussion and pump organ Americana. Exter takes inspiration from Lhasa de Sela, Cat Power and T Bone Burnett.

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