On June 16, Mary Ocher performed at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA as part of her North American tour showcasing two of her newest albums, “The West Against The People” and its accompaniment, "Faust Studio Session and Other Recordings." They were both released in the spring of 2017, on Krautrock veteran's H.J. Irmler's Klangbadlabel.
WHRB checked her live show which, despite the imposed intimacy of the small, personal venue, held up on its own using Mary Ocher’s sublime voice atop a variety of eclectic sounds and instruments. The music itself ranged from a modern envisioning of folk-protest songs (showing instrumental restraint through her roots-true use of guitar and voice), to charming and powerful piano ballads, to music you’d only hear on the most obscure indie sci-fi movie soundtracks.
Ocher's music, while highly variable and experimental in sound, is slightly more grounded in its thematic and lyrical content. On her website, Mary Ocher released an essay alongside the release of her album detailing her thoughts on the state of paranoia and xenophobia in The West, a complex topic that has only become more relevant in the months following the essay and album’s release. WHRB connected with Mary in the days following her show, to talk about some of these more complex themes in her album.
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