“SONG FOR EWE”
with JULIET QUICK
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter who is about to release an EP called “Changeling”, a 3 song series “Changeling Part I – III” in the best folk tradition of children spirited away by fairies and replaced with imposters. A artist using mystical imagery as modern day metaphor, she’s also very much an activist in the real world – flying with symbolic angels and fighting with contemporary demons. Introducing the whip-smart Juliet Quick!
And here’s a cracking snippet of “Changeling Part I” out on April 6.
Pre-Brooklyn, Quick grew up in the Hudson Valley and its rolling countrysides have cascaded into her sprite like melodies and given her whole style a pastoral brushstroke that comes on with the delicacy of Joanna Newsom, with the emotion of Martha Wainwright and the steel of Sharon Von Etten. Juliet has also written a chapbook of poetry based on her grass-stained roots, but if all this sounds like she’s a quaint, fey yeasayer, an indie super-goblin, think again buster. Since Trump’s inauguration, she has also been organising and hosting shows in Brooklyn to fundraise for leftist and progressive causes, donating all of the proceeds to organisations like the National Network of Abortion Funds or the Ramapough Lenape Prayer Camp (organized to fight a proposed oil pipeline through ancestral land in New Jersey). This makes us love her even more.
And if we need to changeling your mind any further, check out Juliet’s intriguing and haunting “song for ewe”…
“At the end of the summer I went to Cape Cod with my dearest friend to visit her family, and she kept absentmindedly singing this song and I thought it was so remarkable and beautiful and odd. She showed me the recording of the track later—she’d found it pretty much by accident—and told me about Connie Converse’s life. Her music is considered some of the earliest of the singer-songwriter genre, but she never found commercial success and eventually she just stopped writing songs and then became very depressed and disappeared, never to be heard from again. Even now, no one has any idea what happened to her.
Her songs are so peculiar and intimate and precious though. This one is my favorite—in Cape Cod we drove around listening to it over and over again, figuring out harmonies so we could play and sing it together. The melody is so sweet but has this huge, gripping tinge of melancholy, and the way it’s structured, the sections alternate between effervescent and kind of unsettling. It seems to kind of exist outside of time. This song has lived in the back of my head since I first heard it.”
CHEERS TO JULIET AND TO RACHEL ROSSEN AT TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS PR, MUCH OBLIGED
Juliet plays live here soon:
03.04 – Sunnyvale – Brooklyn, NY
03.31 – Rockwood Stage 3 – New York, NY
And here’s the obligatory link detail so you can get your nebulous mits on Juliet Quick’s music pronto.