LPR Presents: Rae Isla, The Values and Subtle Pride at Union Pool, located at 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215
Singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Rae Isla is creating a new narrative for spirituality within the LGBTQIA community. Hailing from a small island near Seattle, she now resides in Brooklyn. With a slew of successful singles kickstarting her career—“Mexico”, produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Lana Del Rey, Tei Shi), and “Just Because”, produced alongside rising pop artist Dominique, the music video of which debuted on MTV Latin America—and a self-produced EP “No Longer Blue” under her belt, Rae Isla has carved a space for her genre-blending songs. Her recent release, “American Paradise” showcases her evolving sound, being described as “vaguely reminiscent of old Irish folk songs” (Popdust) and “Americana and even a touch of country in the sliding guitars and wistful writing” (Complex)
Dubbed an “Artist to Watch” (The Deli NYC) and called “A Godsent” (Highlark Magazine), Rae Isla is set to be a part of a new wave of indie female musicians whose careers are built on their own terms, and whose art is realized from within.
The Values understand there is a singular magic about the combination of synthesizers and the human voice. That mix of cutting edge technology and deep vulnerability, of digital sounds and flesh and blood, of sleek and portable, portable yet opulent. It’s a city sound, sexy and rich and forward moving. There’s nothing like it — Suicide knew it in the grimy 70s. Yaz and Erasure knew it in the glossy 80s. LCD Soundsystem knows it in the 21st century. You can hear that on this, the Values’ first EP. Some background: Mason Taub (the lady) and Evan Zwisler (the gent) have been together since 2014 and playing music together as The Values since 2017. Theirs is a total collaboration in life and art. Zwisler grew up in China, an expat who returned to the U.S. for college. Taub was a New York theater kid who has played classical piano all her life. Together, they’ve worked with several different groups (Zwisler and Taub met the day before Evan’s first show in New York). Other people fell away but the relationship between Zwisler and Taub remained at their music’s core, its heartbeat, its soul.
Subtle Pride is an improvisational voice band from New York City. Known for their hyper-original music and surreal concert performances, Subtle Pride has been called “full of heart and art-school earnestness, reworking pop song structures with a tinge of freak folk (Flaunt Magazine),” and, “an amalgam of Talking Heads and an SNL skit… confusing and infectious (DAZED), and a “[nice time] if you like, “celebrity culture, vocal harmonies, and weird theatrics (Bedford + Bowery).” Subtle Pride is Misha Brooks (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Zach Donovan (Waif Magazine), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Netflix’s Atypical), and Mina Walker (Daisy the Great).