A native of Copenhagen, Ottosen performs under the name CALLmeKAT, for which she produces airy, synth-infused pop ribbed with melancholy touches. Brimming with spaciousness and longing, "Going Home" pairs wistful sentiments with a sparse, cheerful melody to haunting effect. It came as no surprise to learn that two of these songs were composed in airports. (She deemed Newark's "so depressing.") In "Glass Walls," Ottosen's elaborate vocal riffs sail over a bare-bones pairing of chords and rhythm, unearthing a delicate tone. In spite of the nostalgia expressed in her songs, Ottosen seems completely at home performing here.
Jeremy Bernstein and Adam Widoff, who write, perform and record as the funk, rock, and folk band Stoney Clove Lane
Stoney Clove Lane is billed as a studio playhouse where sounds are tossed about, laughed at, gathered, amplified, distorted, erased, reinvented, mutilated then eventually assembled and settled on or flat-out walked away from. Live, the band is a multi-headed troop which at times swells out to a lush nine but has on occasion found itself bashing it out as a four piece group.
The band's sound is fed by wormy guitars and an occasional keyboard caught in a shoving match over of a battered drum kit with a rubbery bass and random noise makers pasting the elements together. The words and vocals are honest, at times troubled, but with a chance at renewal always hiding behind the next chord change.