Born and raised in Upstate New York, Clare Hubbard has been striving to recreate the stark and ghostly sounds of her birthplace through lo-fi multi-instrument experimentation and by creating a variety of “identities” within her music. Her project Caethua serves as her primary musical identity, focusing on the darkness of nature and her melancholy recollections of the past. Composed, recorded and produced independently, her music is clearly influenced by early psych-folk composers, combining stark imagery with slow drones, haunting melodies, and scratchy field recordings.
In her own words, her work sounds like “…cold marriages of growing up in the snow-covered cornfields of upstate New York, moldy nylon string guitars, a hissing blend of flea market half-working electronics, rusted pots and pans, field recordings of a doomed boat trip down the St. Lawrence River, birds in the ice-covered trees, the groan of an overheating diesel engine, shortwave radio in the middle of nowhere, busted cars sliding in the sleet of Indiana, the soft hum of an old living room, hissing from Florida swamps and a sorrowful voice leading us into the frozen ground.”
“…Caethua builds a majestic framework of rural poetics and darkly colored orchestration that manages to cross the aesthetics of Harry Smith and This Mortal Coil… More people should hear this engaging voice turn familiar gestures into untrodden and insolent music…” – Eric Weddle (Dusted Magazine)
from the original release announcement:
Latest Bluesanct artist, Caethua alternated between female fronted Bluesanctian folk songs and incredible atmospheric sound collages. Clare of Caethua has brought Bluesanct out of it's slumber, and her music fits perfectly with the rest of the Day2 Alliance family. Ltd to 300 copies.
Download contains JPGs of the original front/back/inside cover art, and a band photo.
released May 12, 2009
• CD = ltd to 300 copies
• DIGITAL = unlimited
digital re-release 08 December 2012
original liner notes:
Thanks to mom, dad, Robley, Kate, Felicia + Teddy, and Dryden New York - - - - Recorded in the cold mountains of Asheville NC and in the even colder swamps of the St. Lawrence River Bluff Island NY