Sistermonk | Cloud Control

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Cloud Control

by Sistermonk

Female-powered, djembe-driven, culturally diverse - soulful vocals, danceable grooves, poetic lyrics... The band evokes the spirit & soul of the 60's with a modern edge - compared to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Rusted Root, Natalie Merchant, Mumford & Sons
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Live for This Moment
4:23 $0.99
2. Deep Waters
4:40 $0.99
3. Occupy
2:50 $0.99
4. Far Serenin
4:48 $0.99
5. Is This All
3:35 $0.99
6. Root 4 U
1:36 $0.99
7. Sacrifice
5:59 $0.99
8. The Way
5:12 $0.99
9. Once Stilled
4:02 $0.99
10. Honey & Hay
4:36 $0.99
11. Tear Away
5:08 $0.99
12. Wish I Had a Girl Like That (Hidden Track)
4:09 album only
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Album Notes
"Audience engaging, danceable personable-if they came in pill form we'd all be addicts!"- BitterRoot Brewery

SisterMonk is a musical project founded on friendship and passionate interest in how we create meaning as cultural beings. Jody's degree in structural anthropology, Kathy's experience with hand drums and garden landscaping, Tatiana's study of semiotics, language, and playwriting lend themselves to deep questions voiced in song. Built into the almost mythological system underscoring SisterMonk's music is a structural view of reality that revels in the snarl of opposites. SisterMonk's original songs are inspired by adventures on roads less traveled and tribal culture.

SisterMonk's original music is female-powered, djembe-driven, & culturally diverse. Soulful vocals, danceable grooves & poetic lyrics have gained the band solid fan base from east to west coast. The band evokes the spirit and soul of the 60's while maintaining a distinct modern edge. They have been compared to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Rusted Root, Natalie Merchant, Mumford & Sons and Dead Can Dance. SisterMonk has shared the stage with such notable acts as Zap Mama, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Anoushka Shankar, Karl Denson Trio, Mario Batali, and more.

Review from an online music blogger:
You’ve seen the doo-wop groups, break-dancers and Mexican balladeers who wander through subway cars, and you’ve seen the violinists trying to finance their studies by serving "caviare to the general." On a recent night, the esplanade between the R train and the Broadway 1-2-3 at Times Square was occupied by a group called the SisterMonk trio. SisterMonk's female lead, K. Deane, plays a bongo, attached to her waist with a worn leather strap, wears ankle tambourines and sings with a virtuosity that is reminiscent of soul greats like Aretha Franklin. Her vocals are a mixture of jazz, swing, and the outlaw style of Rick James, with a little bit of Gloria Gaynor’s gospel disco style thrown in for good measure. Everything about Deane is magnified. Her bongo and tambourines are rudimentary, but it sounds like she’s Gene Krupa pounding away on a complete drum set with cymbals. The net effect of listening to Deane, who is accompanied by Trevor Hochman on bass and Jody Rubel on guitar, is to make you feel really cool and impregnable. Watching her, you get that old feeling from adolescence when music made you soar above everyone and made the petty concerns and responsibilities of living seem totally irrelevant, though her music doesn’t make you want to escape. It makes you want to stay right where you are, in this case the bustling Times Square subway station. She and her group offer the raw nourishment of hardtack. You want to merge with them, and you’d follow Deane on her odyssey if it weren’t for the rumble of your train pulling into the station.



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Ann Caris

In love with the richness of their Bohemian sound...
To suggest that Sistermonk's album Cloud Control exemplifies the purity and truth of what folk rock and alternative folk really is - would be arrogant...but nevertheless true. Kathy's sharp and edgy, velvet vocals seamlessly enrich the melodic sounds produced by bandmates Tatiana and Jody, with djembe drums and guitars. If Rusted Root and Incendio made love and had a love child - it would be Sistermonk. When my body didn't sway to the bohemian sounds, my soul and mind seemed to capture the spirit of each track - be it love, angst, sorry, or joy. I fell in love with this richness of this sound and this genre of music. I found it refreshing that I could find FEELING in music again as well as peace...