Tuesday, October 15, 19:30
Olden Yolk is the project led by songwriters Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer. Their
titled LP enveloped listeners in a sound uniquely of
tested, oscillating between art rock tendencies and delicate,
ballads. The project was initially conceived in 2012 by Butler as an
outlet for one
off songs and visual art while touring and releasing albums with the
band Quilt (Mexican Summer).
Following the release of a split
record with Weyes Blood in 2014, the duo
their first full
length LP on Trouble in Mind in 2018. The record grew from a
poetry collaboration Shaffer and Butler started in 2016, in which they would write
a poem to each other each day.
On their second studio album, Living Theatre, these l
ines jump from the page into
an animated, breathing organism. Living Theatre conjures moments of stark
minimalism and cinematic maximalism, most potent for Shaffer and Butler’s lyrical
intimacy and vivid arrangements. The title was inspired by the experime
thespian movement in New York of the same name, in which actors broke from
tradition by creating an experience of communal expression. Their songwriting
palette takes cues from influences as disparate as avant garde punk, psychedelic
folk, and experim
ental electronic music.
Inspired by both freedom and restriction
in their creative practice, the pair set to record the album in a constrained
period of 3 months after spending a year on the road touring without a home base.
They wrote all summer, in a spa
ce with no windows, molding private conversations
into more expansive works that address concepts of home, spirituality, and ancestry
in a contemporary landscape. “Grand Palais” is a celebratory inquiry into the
practice of self
compassion, while the more
ominous “Distant Episode” (named after
the Paul Bowles story about a linguist whose tongue is cut off) paints a picture of
a woman trapped inside a room with a television.
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!