When I spoke with Jesse Lortz in 2011, he noted that he was “currently working on a book of short stories and poems. I will be self publishing it and trying to sell it in book or magazine shops!” Lortz was one of two singer/guitarists in The Dutchess and the Duke; since that group’s dissolution, he has continued making music under the name Case Studies, releasing the stark The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night later that year.
Lately, I’ve been very impressed with Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Waves, the new album from Blessed Feathers. Centered around the duo of Donivan Berube and Jacquelyn Beaupre (and featuring contributions from Thor Harris of Swans and Shearwater), the group plays taut, beautifully unsettling folk-influenced music. It doesn’t hurt that Berube is also the editor of a zine, Sleeping in a Torn Quilt/Dreaming of Gold, featuring an ambitious blend of art, writing, and music. With that in mind, I chatted with Berube […]