The Lotus Vellum
Date and Time
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 9:00pm
The Lotus Vellum: Sailors stranded and lost in a frozen sea, lovers torn apart by their search for personal happiness, tales of modern heroism, heartache, and hope, these are just some of the themes explored in the music of The Lotus Vellum.
The Lotus Vellum began when Rob Kleine, a drummer, packed up his belongings and left his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Following his family’s tradition of moving west, he settled in Seattle, Washington. Upon arrival he decided to pick up a guitar and start writing and singing songs. Initially starting out with experimental tape loop recordings and late night bedroom revelries, Rob managed to grow his abilities and create music that encompasses rock, folk, and pop, with hints of electronic flavor. The songs move and pitch with a rock n’ roll swagger and a songwriter’s heart, creating a haunting yet comforting atmosphere, like being in a cabin in a large remote forest, sitting in a well worn chair next to a crackling fire, or like being on a ship that is far off on a rolling sea. He straddles the line between longing loneliness and contented solitude. No doubt a product of having spent the last few winters under the grey claustrophobic skies of the Pacific Northwest.
There is a curious power in the ability to view one’s life with an unjaundiced eye. It’s not about being fearless, although that doesn’t hurt, it’s about the ferocity of spirit required to accept the world as it is and move forward from there.
Singer/songwriter Mary Bue’s songs crackle with this power, mixing piano and guitar, folk and pop, and redolent with private tragedy and shared elation. Her voice, described as “marvelously sultry and cool,” lends her vivid, sometimes existential lyrics a texture that is both intimate and expansive.
This intimacy is Mary’s calling card. Her lyrics invite you in and you’re right there with her as she sings, barefoot in the sand or walking along the Mississippi, heart pounding from your chest, letting go, hanging on, vibrant, alive. She brings you into her adventures, trials, and triumphs through her lyrics, and keeps you engaged with melodies you’ll find yourself humming to yourself long after the music has ended for the evening.
An accomplished recording artist and touring musician, Mary’s 5 studio albums manage to capture her electrifying stage presence. Mary’s last album, An Apple in the Ocean, was 100% fan-funded via Kickstarter. She has been awarded the “Escape to Create” Artist in Residence in Seaside, FL, and the Big Cypress Nature Preserve Artist in Residence in Ochopee, FL.
Over 16 years, 38 states, hundreds of thousands of miles and countless venues from tiny coffeeshops to large outdoor festivals, Mary has shared the stage with many talented musicians, including Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Emm Gryner, Kathleen Edwards, Marissa Nadler, Rose Polenzani, Sarah Borges, Mason Jennings, Jack Johnson, Vetiver, Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Vandaveer and too many more to list here.
So what’s next? In 2014, Mary was awarded a career development grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), and is writing, singing, strumming and playing piano in preparation for her 6th studio album. In between, you can catch her at clubs, resorts, brewpubs and cafes across the upper midwest and beyond.