Esmé Patterson

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present

Esmé Patterson

Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine

Tue, October 10, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The HI-FI

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Esmé Patterson
Esmé Patterson
Sometimes you have to turn off your brain and let your body sing. That's what Esmé Patterson did on her third full-length, We Were Wild, set for release on Grand Jury Music on June 10th, 2016. "At its core, rock 'n' roll is where madness and order collide. Where our sexual, raw, animal nature meets our heart and mind. On this album I explored deeper, more far out sonic spaces. I hunted the vibe through vast wilderness," says the Portland-based songwriter.

Her decadal musical career sprang from Colorado's mountains when she co-founded Denver's beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. "Dearly Departed," her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.

Across We Were Wild, her delicate voice, wry humor, poignant storytelling, and impassioned delivery entwine with fuzzed-out guitars, deep-in-pocket percussion, hints of roots-y country, and a swirling psychedelic hum.

"I needed to paint using more colors," she goes on. "On my past records everything was hyper realistic. I didn't overdub much or fix mistakes. Woman To Woman was basically recorded in a day, and everything was played live. In contrast, the pre-production for We Were Wild spanned over almost a year. Lyrically and musically, I went a little bit more fantasy. Groovy fantasy."

The opener "Feel Right" gallops along on a wiry riff as her voice carries an irresistible refrain. "The song is about the dissonance between the body and the mind," she explains. "You can't understand one extreme without the other. Light can't exist without dark. Until you see contrasted with the other, the two are indistinguishable. They're both necessary."

Elsewhere on the album, "Wantin' Ain't Gettin'" showcases the expanse of her dynamic voice. "No River" flows on a silky beat that gives way to Esmé's soulful delivery, while "Find It" offers up sharp introspection over a delightful groove.

"These songs reflect my life and where I am," she admits. "They also negotiate where I want to be. In the process of writing and recording We Were Wild I now see that I was subconsciously trying to give myself permission to want more, to move forward into the unknown and seek what my spirit needs."

Ultimately, Esmé progresses by embracing exactly who she is.

"I'm always transforming, renewing, living, and growing." she leaves off. "I love the way music can be a companion in life and a tool for transformation. I hope this record can act as a friend for everyone on their respective journeys. A lot of these songs were lessons my heart was giving my mind. I want to share them because maybe they can help others the way they helped me."
Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine
Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine
"…full of surprises. She possesses a songbird's voice, a wisdom beyond her years and a delightfully smooth way of gliding across the piano keys. Everything from mournful sonic sculptures to crisp, lightweight ballads carried the day — always in celebration of the moment, whether it be the memory of something long gone or the freshness of something new." –Nuvo Newsweekly



Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine are a piano-driven cross-pollination of singer-songwriter, indie rock and old school jazz using lush chords and impulsive horn lines to create their distinctive sound. Their songs have been described as "if Joni Mitchell and Aimee Mann had a baby with Charles Mingus." Live shows have emphasized variety and spontaneity, from didgeridoos to impromptu rappers to homemade megaphones and banging on alarm bells. The Wondrous Flying Machine try to be as adventurous and honest as they can, but most of all grateful to be making music wherever they may go. Founder Mina Keohane was forming ripples in the Indianapolis music scene as a jazz composer with her group making stops at Indy Jazz Fest and landing the cover of Intake Magazine, a feature in Nuvo and Indy Men's Magazine. She earned her degree in Jazz Composition at the Berklee School of Music. Mina spent the post college years concentrating solely on writing and arranging instrumental music, but always felt there was a different opportunity for self-expression and whimsy she was missing out on. Songwriting and singing became the conduit she was looking for, and the Wondrous Flying Machine became the vehicle. Still keeping true to her foundation, many of the songs are laced with jazz elements and improvisation. Each member of the WFM brings their own diverse backgrounds, ideas and personalities to the table. Their first full-length album, Maestro…a note is out now and available at live shows. The band lovingly hand-makes each album, each one unique, peculiar and unexpected…just like their makers.
Venue Information:
The HI-FI
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
http://www.hifiindy.com/