The Postcards: The debut release of baroque pop band The Postcards arrives after nearly three years of writing, arranging and recording. The three-part concept album will be performed live in its entirety. With an ear towards the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s, the “modular” approach of Brian Wilson’s legendary SMiLE project, and the narrative tradition of American folk music, This Green Hill draws listeners into a journey through the history of the Pacific Northwest, tracing the story from its native inhabitants, to pioneer travails, to the region’s environmental decay. Over the course of eighteen tracks, the album dances between subtle political commentary and melancholic nostalgia. While it may be hard for listeners to find a repeated chorus, there is no shortage of musical hooks, as the album moves beyond traditional song structure and into a series of thematically–and musically–connected passages. Fans of Brian Wilson, Neutral Milk Hotel, Grizzly Bear and Sufjan Stevens will appreciate the eclectic instrumentation and complex arrangements.
Small Field is a Portland band that creates catchy lines with subtle dark undertones. Their unique sound blends indie rock with upbeat syncopation, melodic bass lines, and powerful vocals. Small Field’s attention to detail in dynamics and blending is coupled with synth soundscapes. Some influential bands include Radiohead, The Kinks, The Cure, and The Strokes.