Enchanted Forest Preview: 5 Women to Watch
One of the great pleasures of Enchanted Forest Gathering is discovering new artists. With so much talent on this year’s roster, it can be hard to decide which stages to hit. Here’s our crib sheet on 5 women you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival.
Hailing from France, CloZee has made such a name for herself on the glitch scene in the past four years that she is now on equal billing at festivals with some of her role models. Expect to hear echoes of her classical guitar training in her sets and inspiration from India, South America, and Eastern Europe; CloZee is an electronic producer with an organic touch.
Ayla seems to be everywhere these days, recording as one half of Wildlight alongside The Polish Ambassador, on collaborations with Mr. Lif, and even setting her sights on NPR’s audience with an incredible “Tiny Desk” recording. Her ethereal voice, inspiring messages, and technically prodigious looping make her organic sounds both a soothing unwind and a perfect match on the electronic scene.
Marya’s is arguably one of the voices most naturally at home in the ethereal Mendocino forest, host to Enchanted Forest. Lyrically, she is deeply inspired by nature and her songs give the impression of having sprung fully formed from cascades or the wind itself. Festival goddesses, this set is for you.
Cheraki’s soulful voice melds hauntingly with electronic beats overlaid with sly wind-ups, and wind-blowing effects. This is subtle music that will resonate deeply with dancers not quite ready to relax, but who need a break from bouncing. Watching the sun rise while listening to Cheraki would be sublime.
Ready for an acoustic set? Mama Crow will deliver. These are coffee shop compositions that are ready for festival stages. Fans of Cat Power, Ani DiFranco, and Feist will swoon.
Enchanted Forest takes place from July 22-24 in Laytonville, California.