Jay Malinowski, frontman for award-winning indie band Bedouin Soundclash is back with a brand new project this year in the form of Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast. It’s a distinctly different sound from what fans of Soundclash or even Malinowski’s solo work might have come to expect, given that the new band is a string trio, rather than the standard bass-rhythm-drum section. But he – and they – do not disappoint with a live performance that is mysterious, beautiful, haunting, and occasionally cerebral.
A memorable listening experience, the band presented finely crafted, thoughtful lyrics, with a significant focus throughout the night on the West Coast string trio known as The End Tree in their other incarnation. Friday’s set had them playing songs by both Jay and members of the band, including a beautifully dissonant piece written by viola player, Elliot Vaughan.
The End Tree have a four-song EP out called Everything Is Strange, and together with Jay also have their first EP as Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast, Indian Summer, which was released in late November under Pirates Blend Records. For fans old and new, these should tide you over until the planned upcoming release of the band’s first full length album, Martel, in the New Year.
Below, pictures from the Garrison show: