Kaiti Jones & Izzy Heltai – Friday, September 10, 2021
Due to a personal health issue (not related to Covid-19), Dead Gowns are unable to perform this Friday, September 10 at Word Barn – and the wonderful singer/songwriter Kaiti Jones has agreed to jump in and perform this co-bill with Izzy Heltai.
Kaiti Jones writes songs to make sense of the world, as potent storytellers do. Her songs are a garden that she tends to, rooted in existential angst or failed romances that grow into retrospective anecdotes, sometimes evolving over months or even years.
Kaiti’s upcoming album Tossed finds Jones exploring both her insecurities and resilience. Sometimes they come in a ballad of questions on “Mystic,” where she examines transitioning from rigid evangelical christian culture to a more open spiritual mindset, or an endearing rush of pop-rock on “Gettin’ Around To It,” which serves as both an ode to procrastination and a metaphor for the anxieties of life.
These nine tracks are the most sonically diverse that Jones has released since first publishing her music in 2009. They’re intimate and sown with personal details, without drawing to some grand, trite conclusion. “As I’ve gotten older, I feel like I have more and more questions and fewer answers, and I’ve just learned to be okay with that,” she says.
Northampton, Mass., folk singer-songwriter Izzy Heltai is described as “at a time when a conversation can become a sociopolitical battle, Heltai’s introspective and thought-out songs are a breath of fresh air.” – NPR
If aliens came to earth, Izzy Heltai would describe his debut album, Father, to them this way: “There are frequencies that are going to feel like clanking, that maybe you’ll enjoy sonically. There are words strung together to sound nice. They are about an important human trajectory when one goes from a child to a slightly more serious child called an adult.”
His new music is the product and reflection of the broad spectrum of music Izzy enjoys listening to. From his love of pop, analog electronic, to country, Izzy loves blending elements of genres to create his own unique take on what a folk song is.
This is an open-air, limited-capacity event.