Here we have three songs from Potter’s Daughter, showing some different sides of one of the most exciting bands coming out of America at present. Based around the amazing vocals and piano of Dyanne Potter Voegtlin, the first song is a new arrangement of “To My Love” which featured on their debut album ‘The Blind Side’. Here we are treated to a laid back, almost funky number by the whole band, and there are sections when it is just the rhythm section and Dyanne’s vocals, as she provides layered harmonies. Then we have “Accidentally Like A Martyr”, which was originally written and record by Warren Zevon on his ‘Excitable Boy’ album. Here she provides vocals and keyboards and is joined just by her son Jan-Christian Vögtlin, who provides bass, guitar, and drum programming. This is almost a torch song, with Dyanne front and centre.The last number again features just Dyanne and Christian and is “We Could Be”. Warm organ in no way prepares the listener for an incredibly powerful and moving song dealing with racial injustice. It includes NPR radio broadcasts about George Floyd and Ahmaud Abery, and while people need to grab this to play in the car, what I urge everyone reading this review is to stop doing so and go over to YouTube and watch one of the most powerful music videos I have ever seen. Filmmaker Serena Künzler has created a perfect piece of visual to go with the lyrics, and it starts by saying “Dedicated to everyone fighting for their sisters and brothers”. The EP, this song, and this video, are incredibly charged and powerful.
US-based Art Rock/Prog Fusion band Potter’s Daughter release a poignant video We Could Be from EP, Casually Containing Rage, the EP was released over the weekend.
Q: Tell us about the song and the video We Could Be?
A: The music video was born when Dyanne Potter Voegtlin and Jan-Christian Vögtlin of Potter’s Daughter, and developing filmmaker Serena Kunzler put their heads together to create a message of unity and resistance in the face of racial injustice in the United States. As a US citizen living abroad, Serena still wanted to base her video edit on local images and footage. She first called out to friends on Facebook, and later “stalked” photographers on Flickr, some of which graciously provided their material on Black Lives Matter, Native Lives Matter, Muslim Lives Matter, Families Belong Together, and other social issues. With the addition of abstract paint and color footage from photographers on Pexels, the final music video – along with the song We Could Be itself – layers themes of race, color, struggle, and unity into a multilayered poem.
We Could Be
Dyanne Potter Voegtlin-keyboards, vocals Jan-Christian Vögtlin-bass, drum programming, guitar synth NPR David Greene-radio broadcast Produced by Dyanne Potter Voegtlin, co-produced by Jan-Christian Vögtlin and Joseph Wiggy Wegleski Mastered by Tom Borthwick Recorded at SI Studio, Engineered by Joseph Wiggy Wegleski Video by Serena Kunzler
Huge thanks for the use of photos and videos. Miranda Lynn, Saundi Wilson, Fauxels, Huyen Khanh Do, Rosie Julin, Eino Sierpe, Elvert Barnes, Montecruz Foto, Parker Dubiel, Greg’s Southern Ontario, Jill Ion, Peg Hunter – Video featuring Idle No more SF Bay group, Stef, Kelly Lacy, Matthew Roth, TJ Davis, Free Creative, Lorie Shaull, Fibonacci Blue, Roman K, Jason Hargrove, Scott Carpenter, Taymaz Valley, Thomas Hawk
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