The Key Studio Sessions: Vita and the Woolf

Photos by Chris Sikich |

Philly art-pop trio Vita and the Woolf is going to knock you out. The band is about to release it’s vibrant, eclectic debut EP Fang Song, and it’s super-impressive for a first release, a sophisticated collection of songs that can be anthemic and expressive (the winning “Mary”) in the same breath that it’s quiet and withdrawn (“Song For Pedro”). But what’s most exciting is the way the band’s best work is clearly ahead of it. For this week’s Key Studio Session, the band – Jen Pague on vocals and piano, Bobby Cleveland on bass and synth and Adam Shumski on drums – recorded mostly new songs. The buyoant “Qiet” has a great backbeat and an infectious pop refrain; “Bury You” is a simmering slow tune that showcases the deep soul side of Pague’s impressive voice; “Mm Chka Mm” is the feverish song everybody clapped along to at Ortlieb’s earlier this summer when Pague played a solo set. Add in a spot-on rendition of “Blue” by Joni Mitchell and we’re good to go. Vita and the Woolf returns to Ortlieb’s next Saturday, September 20th, for a full-band set, and it’s going to sound tremendous. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and download this week’s Key Session below.

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