Frances Luke Accord
w/ Plain Faraday
Featured Artist #1
Frances Luke Accord
Frances Luke Accord is an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sips copious inspiration from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock.
Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord's approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children's Choir of Kkindu, Uganda; an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Since moving to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the band has garnered increasing local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).
Fluke, FLA's psuedo-self-titled introduction to a national audience, is a self-produced vocal tour-de-force that leaps quickly and definitively into the canopy of contemporary art. It is dreamlike and philosophical, haunting and whimsical. Its melodies evoke a noir film, a Spanish folktale, an enigmatic egoeye. However you pin it, something in the music is turning heads. Whether evidenced by their upcoming appearance on NPR's Mountain Stage, artist endorsement with Godin Guitars, or the $16K Kickstarter to fund Fluke, Frances Luke Accord's compositions take the listener by the ear, pull the rug from beneath her feet, and leave her deliciously airborne. Listen.
Featured Artist #2
Forming in early 2016, plainFARADAY is an indie folk project hailing from Colorado. The backbone of the group consists of the father-son duo, Caleb (vocals and guitar) and Rob Sanders (upright bass). The Denver area combo is frequently partnering with other local artists including cellist Katie Burns and percussionist Ellis Murray to create, record and perform. plainFARADAY's indie sound lies somewhere between acoustic Americana and modern folk.
Performing mostly original songs, their quest for meaningful lyrics and dynamic compositions are guided by a respect for wood and steel, times past and present. The group finished working with local favorite The Spot Studio in early 2017 to record their first single, Porcelain Fine. The song was formally released in March and is available for purchase online from all virtual stores and streaming platforms. Furthermore, they are planning on returning to The Spot to record and release another song in the Fall of 2017. When not playing music, the group also enjoys chess throw downs, hucking a disc in the warm Colorado sun and exploring the inspiring Rocky Mountains.