Kaitlyn Ni Donovan
Over the course of her career Kaitlyn ni Donovan has garnered the respect and awe of musicians and listeners, both in Portland and elsewhere, for her striking compositions and noir-ish lyrics. She also composes and performs on numerous stringed instruments including violin, viola, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. Kaitlyn and her collaborating musicians (under the band name Isolade) craft a striking blend of elements that might be described as "pop noir" or "chamber pop" – tense, brooding, sensual, experimental, and intensely melodic.
On her last album, Songs for 'Three Days', Kaitlyn found her perfect foil in producer Tony Lash. Tony has produced albums by The Dandy Warhols, Richard Davies, Tahiti 80, and Sunset Valley. His attention to detail, nuance, and aesthetics helped this relatively soft album make a huge noise.
Along with her solo music, Kaitlyn is in the shoegaze outfit The High Violets, who often tour across the U.S. The High Violets have been hailed as leaders of the second coming of the shoegazer sound. Rolling Stone describes them as "shimmering, starry-eyed ethereality."