Amalea Tshilds is a songwriter and singer from Chicago, IL. She is a founding member of the alt-country group Girls of the Golden West and has also released a solo record, Painted Tiles, with an all-star cast of collaborating Chicago musicians.
In her latest record, Love on the Ground, slated for release this fall, her unique voice and dreamlike orchestrations explore complex roots in folk and choir. Backed by Chicago favorites Joseph Adamik, Elise Bergman, Gillian Lisee, and Sam Wagster, Love on the Ground presents nine mystical love songs for impossible times. Recorded by Dorian Gehring and with guest appearances from Marydee Reynolds, Caroline Campbell, Holly Stevens, Ben Clarke, Jim Becker and Doug Mccombs.
Tender Beast is the debut record by The Keener Family, a kinship of veteran Midwestern rockers under the leadership of Chicago-based artist, Christopher Keener (Magical Beautiful, Jerusalem & The Starbaskets, Love and Other Crimes).
Recorded with Robby Haynes (Record Low, Mayor Daley, Ulta) at Strange Magic Recordings in Chicago, Tender Beast is a plea for a new masculinity, a reflection of the deadly hope that our sons can grow up to be kinder, better men than their fathers. Keener worked and reworked the lyrics over a period of years; the results are at once precise and evocative, devastating yet redemptive.
But what does it sound like? Townes Van Zandt in a chainsaw duel with John Cale? The midnight musings of a long-lost Bad Seed? My Bloody Valentine by way of rural Missouri? Sure. File under backwoods-country-goth-dream-pop. #bootgaze
This is music of the opioid crisis; a soundtrack to the overthrow of toxic masculinity. It’s narcotic, it is tragic, and it is long overdue. For listeners who love SunnO))) and The Handsome Family with equal fervor, Tender Beast is the perfect prescription.