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On their first album, And How!, the San Francisco trio known as Weather Pending creates deep, sultry, continuously unfolding music with a sound that’s vaguely familiar and surprisingly unique. The band’s electronic grooves and the smoky vocals of singer Janie Oliver draw you in. Bass player and producer Rob Cross accompanies Oliver’s luminous vocals with the dark, melancholy rhythms of hip hop and dub reggae, profound tones that swirl and dance with the elemental force of a restless ocean while guitarist Brian Bloi’s chords color with shimmering overtones that emote with aching melodies. The album’s ten sultry songs have a cinematic, one drop, hip hop flavor driven by the subliminal swing enhanced by guest drummers Max MacVeety (Crown City Rockers, Zion I) and Derek G. Taylor (Nino Moschella, Alice Russell, Hyim, Darondo).
Simple, clean and melodic, Middle Maki writes songs in the American narrative. Founder Elizabeth has spent the short years since beginning to play the guitar and banjo compulsively learning about American music. She is joined by her twin brother, Spencer, on guitar and Jack on bass. On a mission to modernize its mythology and more particularly the banjo, Middle Maki makes songs with stories to live in and music to move to.