I first became familiar with singer and mulch-instrumentalist Jocie Adams as part of the Rhode Island folk group The Low Anthem. Adams, with her mastery of the clarinet, became an integral component of the group’s haunting melancholy sound. This was especially evident during the band’s standout second and third records Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and Smart Flesh. So there definitely was some selfish sadness on my part when I found out that Adams has left the group last year to start her own band and write her own music.
But with that sadness comes excitement. Arc Iris is the name that Adams chose for her new band, one that allows her to explore her own ideas and music. Instead of playing strictly folk music, Arc Iris creates compositions that are eclectic and whimsical. There’s a hint of jazz cabaret, a taste of classical orchestra, and a reminder of byegone country contained with Arc Iris‘s self-titled debut record, formed no doubt by the experiences that Adams had from her classical upbringing and from her time on the road with The Low Anthem. This is an adventurous winsome record that fans of artists like Joanna Newsom and Lake Street Dive should explore.
Watch the video for single Whiskey Man embedded below.
Arc Iris – Arc Iris comes out 4/1 via Anti- (order here)