by Zach Brendza
Vocalist White Hinterland will play Club Cafe tonight, in support of her new album, Baby.
Hinterland self-recorded Baby, released in April, in her parent's basement in Scituate, Ma., after recording for two and a half years in Montreal and Portland, Ore. After five months home, she built her own studio, called The Glades. After the studio was built, she spent months studying production through YouTube videos and Protools tutorials.
Born Casey Dienel, the artist went by her birth name until 2008, when she signed with new and current label Dead Ocean. She reinvented herself as White Hinterland, wearing white in her photos and coming off as a ghost like figure. But on Baby, her third album under her monicker, her voice contradicts her look, as it is strong and powerful. On album opener "Wait Until Dark," Hinterland starts a capella, building up her voice until it is met by piano a minute in. While piano, electronic drums and other instrumentation appear on the album, Hinterland's vocals are most prominent. The album sounds a bit dark and ominous at points, but her voice drives away those ill feelings.
The artist plays Club Cafe tonight with Charmaine Evonne. 10:30 p.m. 56 S. 12th St., South Side. $10. 412-431-4950 or www.clubcafelive.com