With their critically acclaimed 2017 release, Shanti’s Shadow, Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers revealed an intimate inner journey through meditation and musical exploration. Neither One of Us Is Wrong takes up where Shanti’s Shadow left off, soaring from personal introspection to a third eye colored reflection on our larger culture and the deepening polarity of the time we live in.
Adding an ambitious layer to the expression of her music, with this release Hunt expands creatively into the realm of visual art, aiming to create a music video for each song on the upcoming release.
It is the subtle undertone connecting the personal with the universal that is the magic of Neither One of Us Is Wrong. Through her music, Phoebe invokes the ‘liminal space’, the space between ‘what has passed’ and ‘what is to come’ - a place of waiting and transition. Each song is a psalm to our every day, an exploration of the fears, fragility and vulnerability that unite us as humans. As we expose these stories to the light and recognize ourselves in each other, the charge of the old divisions dissipate, and we are free to recreate ourselves.
The original concept for Neither One of Us Is Wrong was to write a bunch of campfire songs that everyone could jam to. As the album came to life, Hunt realized that they were writing songs for the people, but they weren’t really campfire songs. The album’s title track was co-written with Hunt’s long time mentor, Lari White Cannon, just before she was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2018.
As if they somehow knew they were saying goodbye, the opening piano of Neither One of Us Is Wrong falls like a sweet sad rain, echoed by the lyrics as the song unfolds. Nothing ever happens/That doesn’t touch the soul/The wind blows the tides move/To laws beyond control.
It is this subtle undertone connecting the personal with the universal that is the magic of Neither One of Us Is Wrong. Through her music, Phoebe invokes the ‘liminal space’, the space between ‘what has passed’ and ‘what is to come’ - a place of waiting and transition.
The mystic cycling between ‘what has transpired’ and ‘looking forward’’ is held through the story of ‘Baba Vanga’, a Bulgarian Clairvoyant and Herbalist, born in the early 1900’s, who suffered great loneliness and misfortune. Baba surfaced late one night after an all-day all-night jam session in Brooklyn that included Hunt, her sister Stephanie and Roy Williams. Tranced and intoxicated by the jam session coupled with the compelling story, they felt that Baba deserved a song in her honor.
Baba Vanga will be the first of the series of music videos for the visual album. If you feel like staying connected artistically through this process join the Gatherers FB Group.