Dorothy isn’t the only cool thing from Kansas. Your Friend, aka Taryn Miller, resides there. Her deviant folk must be inspired by the sparseness and flatness of the state. When I drove cross-country with a friend after college, driving through that state truly creeped me out. You could go so far without seeing another car. Just flat openness. Not pleasing to an agoraphobic. Fortunately that setting generates some superb music, art and writing.
Your Friend released its debut album Gumption [Domino Recording Co.] on January 28, 2016. Your Friend’s intriguing compositions lean toward celestial, escapist and magical. Her melodic vocals remain grounded with wisdom and lucidity. Miller likes utilizing loops and found sounds in her music. She said: “I paid attention to textures. I was trying to remove myself from an approach that I had followed before, but to be able to bring in that melodic element that is most inherent to me, and marry it with a more sonically meditative landscape.” If you like Warpaint, Perfume Genius and Chelsea Wolfe, you’ll definitely like Your Friend.
Ps. when did it become a thing to be a solo artist but utilize a band name?
Your Friend is currently on tour with porches and will play in Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Detroit and in Cambridge at the Middle East Downstairs on April 12. For more information check out The Middle East website.
Mon. Mar. 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake *
Tue. Mar. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Wed. Mar. 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest *
Thu. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Analog Café *
Fri. Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project *
Sat. Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Mon. Mar. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
Tue. Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Thu. Mar. 31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory – Constellation Room *
Fri. Apr. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Café *
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge *
Sun. Apr. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op *
Tue. Apr. 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Wed. Apr. 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Thu. Apr. 7 – Madison, WI @ UW Student Union *
Fri. Apr. 8 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge *
Sat. Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
Sun. Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café *
Mon. Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Tue. Apr. 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
Wed. Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Thu. Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
Fri. Apr. 15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Thu. May 5 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival
* with Alex G & Porches