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By: Martin Halo
Classical in its origins and psychedelic in its delivery, the creative exhaust of Rio En Medio, brainchild of Danielle Stech Homsy, exhales a haunting whisper over the current freak folk resurgence.
Danielle Stech Homsy
Releasing her debut album, Bride of Dynamite on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonsong in February of 2007, the record induces a dream-like state, which not only bends the boundaries of perceived geographic placement but shatters modern trends. Her compositions feel like a burst of sunlight screaming through an army of redwoods rather than the dirty bars and seedy streets that make up her current New York City home (she was born and raised in New Mexico by her parents: a gay Syrian painter and a Ukrainian flamenco dancer).
With the help of engineer Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart) and Vetiver ringleader Andy Cabic, the album crackles with layers of haunting vocals and churning electronics that generate a euphoric sensation of sluggish intoxication.
Danielle Stech Homsy took time from her Brooklyn apartment to comment on the debut album
before leaving for an extended leg of European tour dates with Cocorosie.
JamBase: Do you remember what originally made you fall in love with music and made you want to treat it as a life pursuit?
Homsy: I was writing poetry and I have always been interested in words and language. I had studied some classical music, and after I graduated college I became really fascinated with the way that words and music worked together. I was kind of driven by that sensation to spend my time focusing on that. I never considered pursuing a career as a musician, I always sang and music was a part of my life since I was a kid. My mother was a flamenco dancer, so I had a lot of music in my life but I didn't decide at a young age that I wanted to be a musician at all.
Danielle Stech Homsy
JamBase: Do you have any profound musical influences?
Homsy: I would say my most profound music influence would be early classical recordings. That is the music that I relate to most in my heart, and I would have to say next to that it would be Russian and Eastern European folk music.
Can you describe the time in your life that led up to the recording of Bride of Dynamite?