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Annie Wilder is an interdisciplinary musician who enjoys playing across a variety of styles, often leaning into melancholy country sounds and improvised piano grooves. Her lyricism spans topics from bittersweet existential meditations to tragic supernatural romances. Her music leans haunting and dusty; she likes to leave folks feeling like they’ve gotten a ghost or two.
kitchen congregation is the solo project of hannah morton who has been writing and performing music in bands for nearly a decade. The name for the moniker was a light-hearted play on an observation that hannah made about how it seems social gatherings somehow end with friends gathering around in the kitchen. The heart, the soul, the food, the sustenance – its all found in the kitchen. Listeners have found the moniker endearing as they imagine singing along in their kitchen while making dinner.
hannah has also been told the name feels fitting for their powerful vocals.
The songs play around with observations hannah has made about herself and the people around her (just life stuff) with a bedroom pop / folk sound. The live kitchen congregation set features hannah’s vocals and vulnerable lyrics backed by finger picked electric guitar and occasional tracks and violin. kitchen congregation’s new EP, “this is gonna suck” follows an entire journey of love to loss – the opening track being a window into an intimate story of falling in love, followed by a few sad bops depicting the decision to leave that love to pursue different avenues of life, and then finally, finding ways to cope and remember to keep enjoying life. The EP was recorded almost entirely in hannah’s bedroom closet, which makes it DIY to its core, and adds a certain sense of intimacy. There are also features of friends among the EP giving it a collaborative energy that is common to Kitchen Congregation’s music.