Kendl Winter 

The Mechanics of Hovering Flight

Winter in Fargo, where I’m from, always meant the hope of a big storm canceling school and sparing me another tater tot tummy ache at Centennial Elementary. It meant at least two feet of snow and no hope of leaving your house or else, “Too bad, get on the bus!” Kendl Winter’s newest album hearkens back to those youthful days before I knew how to use the word hearken.

The Olympia, Wash., singer’s flighty voice bounces like the sun off window blinds. “All the Birds” is a rollicking bluegrass jam where she sings, “Has every new beginning already begun?” Just like the sun when it highlights the dust on your records, her voice lingers just a little long. The production of the album, which was recorded with K Records, gives her that fuzz-on-the-needle aesthetic plenty of new folk bands (or is it nü-folk now?) wear with pride. Take the violin in “Long Way”—something about being slightly off-key makes it sound so earnest.

Mechanics is full of folk influences, simple poetry and layers of strings. It’s youthful in a way that leaves room for growth, but confident like a kid rightfully refusing to get on the bus during the blizzard. (Brooks Johnson)

Kendl Winter plays the VFW Fri., Dec. 14, at 9:30 PM with Butter, The Pine Hearts and Chris Sand. $5.

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