Wednesday Is For (Side Project) Lovers

Today's choices for our ongoing Hump Day series, Wednesday Is For Lovers, we have a pair of new projects by artists better known as members of other groups. First up is "Tick-Tock (Frontrunner)" Frontperson, a collaboration between Kathryn Calder of The New Pornographers and Mark Andrew Hamilton of Woodpigeon.

Their indie folk evinces the trademark ethereality of Calder's solo work, with the vocal interplay between her and Hamilton reminiscent of Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop. Whether intentional or not, the backwards track meet motif of the video recalls Kierkegaard's claim that life must be lived forward but understood in hindsight.

Frontperson's Frontrunner comes out September 21 on Calder's own Oscar St. Records.

Next up we have Season 1: Kuiper, the first full-length from Endless Winter. This is a solo project of Color Palette guitarist Joshua Hunter. While it shares some of Color Palette's drone-y psychedelic elements, this album takes the listener down a very different path with crunchy guitars, abstruse vocals, and darkly ambient soundscapes. Hunter is joined on the record by Color Palette collaborators Maryjo Mattea, Jay Nemeyer, and Rogerio Naressi. The days already grow imperceptibly shorter, reminding us that another winter and the final season of Game of Thrones lie ahead. Immerse yourself in this album, out now via Bandcamp, in preparation.