Ulna‘s OEA is a “bar-rock getting sober record.“ The first full length solo record of ULNA, aka Adam Schubert of Cafe Racer, OEA is an ode to reinvention. Along with the release comes a rebranding–formerly Ruins, Shubert’s new pseudonym ULNA is a reference to a pivotal moment in his childhood. At the age of 14, Schubert shattered the bone on the inside of his forearm in a skating accident, and took up the guitar. “That’s what made me serious about playing music,” says Schubert. This name change also accompanied Schubert’s shift towards sobriety–OEA was created right as Schubert reconfigured his life without drugs or alcohol. With the exception of the final track, “Dead Friends,” the whole album was written while in a recovery program. “You have to reinvent your whole personality, you have to be a different person,” says Schubert.”Who am I if I’m not the crazy drunk dude who’s doing drugs in the bathroom?” OEA is an intensely personal record, in subject matter but also quite literally–Schubert plays every instrument, though the record feels far from a home-demo, recorded and mastered by Robby Hanes at Strange Magic Recording in Chicago’s Logan Square. Schubert’s songs are ambling and full of picked guitar and retro harmonies, a stylistic sensibility he attributes to a love for the Beatles and “acoustic rock with a weird punk edge,” a-la Big Thief and Kurt Vile. Though instrumentally sunny, his vocals hint at something else – there’s an underlying ache. OEA is an easy listen, but with a depth of emotion that demands listeners’ attention.
Hannah Frances is a musician and songwriter, in-and-out of Chicago. As a nomad, her relationship with shifting landscapes sings through her storytelling and swells into a sprawling sense of home. A solitary and introspective poet, Frances magnetizes with her vulnerability, drawing everyone into her dynamic world.
Living Thing is the solo project of Chicago-based songwriter Danielle Strautmanis. Her debut EP “Everything Is Green” is an introspective and uplifting piece that carried her through her darkest days. It is a exploration of self-care through the elements of nature, vivid imagery and soulful melodies. Danielle encourages all listeners to utilize powerful optimism as a guide through life‘s turbulence.
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