It's Not a Violin! A First Look at Christen Lien.

One of the artists I had the pleasure of meeting at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit was Christen Lien, a recent West Coast transplant to the DC area.  Although she makes it clear that she plays a viola rather than a violin, her appeal to fans of strings and looping pedal wizards Andrew Bird and Final Fantasy/Owen Pallet is unmistakable.

Look forward to seeing more of her on the blog in coming weeks, but for now I'll leave you with the video for the opening track, Unabi, of her album Vol. 1 Battle Cry.  Set against the backdrop of Detroit's abandoned factories and Diego Rivera's towering "Detroit Industry" mural, the video serves as a haunting yet hopeful elegy to a once magnificent city.