Stella Kola – “Being is a Beggar’s Blessing”


The lineup alone on this record is enough to make me skid to a stop and instantly set it onto the speakers, but what wafts out of those speakers subverts expectations. With RSTB familiar names like Wednesday Knudsen (Pigeons), P.G. Six (Garcia Peoples, Wet Tuna), Jim Bliss (Wet Tuna), Willie Lane, Gary War, Noah Bond (Cut Worms), and L. Gray (Gray/Smith), the debut from Stella Kola shapes up to bring together some of the Northeast’s finest studio heads. Yet, while that lineup might hint at something deeply psychedelic on the way, the record that Beverly Ketch (Weeping Bong Band) and Robert Thomas (Sunburned Hand of the Man) have put together follows a different path towards dark, but tender, ‘60s folk — leaning towards the works of Kathy Smith, Elyse Weinberg, Nick Drake, Linda Perhacs, or Sibylle Baier. On the enchanting “Being Is A Beggar’s Blessing,” Ketch’s voice soars, dancing with Wednesday’s flutes through the autumnal dampness that the rest of the band conjures. The eponymous debut is out February 3rd, from Fountain Flight Records.

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