Arc Iris, an amazing band that hails from Rhode Island.
I think they are very difficult to pinhole into a genre.
Jocie Adams in her persona feels to me so much of a cross between Sonja Kristina and Melanie. The band is very tight and there are some talented people here.
They play music that has an ethereal quality to it, it blends in touches of rock, folk, blues, jazz and even bluegrass.
Lead singer and lyricist Jocie Adams, Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli form the core of Arc Iris, all virtuosic musicians in their own right. Adams spent eight years as a key member of indie darlings The Low Anthem, effortlessly zipping from hammer dulcimer to clarinet to bass to vocals, sometimes barely pausing to take a breath. Her 2011 solo debut, Bed of Notions, sparked a musical beginning that became Arc Iris. Joining Adams on Bed of Notions was cellist Robin Ryczek, a conservatory-trained musician who toured with Jethro Tull and founded a rock school in Afghanistan.
To help launch Arc Iris in 2012, Adams teamed with Ryczek and the musically agile Tenorio-Miller, an established indie-rock keyboardist for well-known talents from Gene Ween to the New Pornographers’ A.C Newman. Later that year Tenorio-Miller brought in his longtime friend Belli. The two toured with Jon Anderson of Yes when they were just 16.
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On August 19th, they will be releasing their sophomore record, Moon Saloon, on Bella Union (EU). They just released their tour dates here.
So enough of the verbiage, let’s get to the music.
Here they are with a live version of the first track released from their second album @ Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA.
This acoustic performance was for Radio Woodstock’s Garden Sessions.
Filmed & Edited by: Dino Davaros & Oliva Mazzetti
This is such a beautiful song, it is from their self titled first album. And if you don’t have it yet, why?
Directed by Matt Wignall
Another truly beautiful song, also from the first album.
Makes me wish I was a Canadian cowboy, despite the cold weather.
Last one for today, another great live performance @ Great Scott (Allston, MA).
Everybody’s Counting On Her