Retsin, K.
w/ Rollerball's CD Release
Fri June 1
Cobalt Lounge

We're all looking for something. Of course we are. Everybody knows that. It doesn't matter what it is, and honestly, whether you get what you're looking for is inconsequential.

What matters is how you get there, how interesting you make the search, and most importantly, how honorably you do it.

There are a few ladies coming to our town this weekend to play songs about how they're getting there. They will play hushed music with voices light as butterflies. They will make you wonder why you're constantly on your self-destruct setting. At the same time, you'll feel like you're ripping your own guts apart--always, without fail. Their voices are like looking at the sun.

"Have you ever broken a mirror?" sings Tara Jane O'Neil, with her bandmate in Retsin, Cynthia Nelson. O'Neil, who's played in Rodan, Sonora Pine, Come, and solo (among others), has a voice that closely imitates the vibrations a bow makes on strings, or an alto clarinet. Nelson (also of the bands Ruby Falls and the Naysayer, and whose poetry is released by Soft Skull Press) swoops in like a waterfall, her guitar rhythmic to O'Neil's unusual notework. O'Neil is from Louisville, and Nelson is from New York--diametrically opposed places to cause friction in their folk music. But their friction is only as rough as a butter-colored chamois rubbing on glass. It's comforting, and the sound of it is so clear it hurts.

Karla Schickele is K., and her voice buzzes warmly. Currently of Ida and formerly of Babe the Blue Ox and the shamefully underrated band Beekeeper, K. writes about the silent desperation that we all try to keep to ourselves. She will sing, "Who'll be there to find you when this day is through? My arms around you can't hold on too much longer," and it will be the crux of your pain, the blue water of your journey where you want to jump in and sink to the bottom. Her voice will pull you out with its clarity.

These two bands are probably going to play extremely quietly. So quietly that, if you are careful and silent during their sets, you'll be able to listen to your instincts through their music. You will be able to look inside yourself and see the reason melodramatic words like "poignant," and "bittersweet" exist--because life is so fucked up and beautiful all the time.

If you listen really closely to Retsin and K., you might even find out where you might be going, and how you're going to get there. That's all that matters.