Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and musician Lindsay Sanwald’s solo recording project Idgy Dean features the artist composing every single part of the song by herself and then looping each instrumental and vocal part — and as a result, the Brooklyn-based artist has quickly developed a reputation for being one of the city’s most enigmatic and interesting performers, as her sound is typically comprised of propulsive and forceful, tribal drumming and a vocal styling that has been compared to Kate Bush. And much like Kate Bush and countless others Sanwald is an uncompromising artist, with a vision and aesthetic that simply won’t be pigeonholed into easy describable genre categories.
Sanwald’s full-length debut Ominous Harminus is slated for a September 18 release, and the album’s first single, album title track “Ominous Harmonies” consists of Sanwald’s trademarked propulsive tribal drumming, ambient, swirling electronics, gently buzzing synths and layered vocal loops. which help to create a sweaty, anxious and ominous mood that suggests its creator was conjuring up sinister spirits to devour the listener. Although dark, Sanwald’s sound is urgent and captivating, and I suspect that we’ll be hearing much more from her over the next few months.
If you’re in the NYC area over the fall, you can catch Sanwald’s residency with The A.O. Movement Collective’s ELTE Universe Fall Premieres in September and October.