White Hinterland makes hazy pop music perfect for a rainy day. The group from Jamaica Plain, Mass., is fronted by singer Casey Dienel who's got a soulful, bluesy voice. White Hinterland's new CD is Phylactery Factory, a soothing, folk-flavored album with shades of chamber pop and jazz.
Phylactery Factory opens with "The Destruction of the Art Deco House," a song with a quiet ambiance that highlights Dienel's unique voice. The song moves from a sullen jazzy introduction to haunting experimentation with various string instruments and Dienel rumbling a piano.
Phylactery Factory gives a unique twist to jazz and folk with a range of unconventional instruments such as saw, mellotron and euphonium.
Despite having gear stolen after a recent gig, White Hinterland's future tour plans look strong, as they will be supporting Bon Iver and fellow labelmates Phosphorescent for a spring tour.