Palm, And the Kids, Oshwa | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Johnny Fabrizio

Palm, And the Kids, Oshwa 

When: Thu., Oct. 13, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $12
Though Alicia Walter revolted against her Columbia College classical-music training to focus on writing pop songs as Oshwa, she retained vestiges of that background, forging a compelling, complex, and fizzy sound that landed somewhere between Tune-Yards and Dirty Projectors, her hooky melodies routinely thrown off track by giddy, wonderfully convoluted arrangements. In a recent Bandcamp interview, Walter says she began writing the songs on the new self-released Oshwa album I You Me We while working as a wedding DJ, “getting really familiar with that catalogue, and then hitting ‘play’ and watching everyone be like ‘Ahh!’ [laughs], and having it be a really fun time for everyone.” The experience clearly had an impact, because the new record dispatches hyperactive arrangements for something much smoother and conventional—even as her singing grows more idiosyncratic, with relentless swooping patterns, ornate curlicues, and breathless embellishments. Tonight she performs solo, and it could be the last chance to see her play for a while; she’s moving to New York next month.
— Peter Margasak



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