Noise-folk trio Powerdove began life as Annie Lewandowski’s solo project based in Minnesota. In 2007, Lewandowski teamed up with John Deitrich, former member of Deerhoof, and French-native Thomas Bonvalet. Lewandowski’s haunting vocals, piano, and accordion are accompanied by Deitrich on guitar and dobro, and Bonvalent’s unique blend of sounds from instruments such as the mouth organ, an amplified office bell, a six-string banjo, and even Jay bird calls. Lewandowski resides in Ithaca and is a lecturer in music at Cornell University.
The band has put out two official albums: Do You Burn in 2013 and the critically acclaimed Arrest in 2014. Decoder magazine’s Nicholas Zettel describes their newest release as “confrontational folk instruments, feedback, and percussion, producing a jumbled mess that is impossible to ignore or suppress.” Powerdove draws influences from a range of genres and decades including avant-garde, 1970s prog folk, free improvisation, and 1980s post-punk. Fusing these moments of intensity with understated acoustic instrumentation deeply engages listeners and never fails to surprise. Find their music at http://powerdove.bandcamp.com.