Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs
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Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Christopher Douthitt at KUTX"

Austin based musician Christopher Douthitt is a man of few words, at least online. Trying to find fun facts to write in this blurb proved tricky, given that what he presents as a bio of himself is simply “Christopher Douthitt is a musician who writes words and music for voices and instruments.” But for Douthitt, it’s not about presenting himself, it’s about presenting his music. He lets his music speak for itself: lyrical and expressive, his pop-rock-folk sound is sometimes upbeat and bright, sometimes darker and more serious. Last year, he started a band, the Glyphs, who he plays with as Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs.

Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs will play a show at the Hole in the Wall tomorrow. Today, they stopped by Studio 1a to record a few songs for KUTX. Listen to them below! - KUTX Austin


"Christopher Douthitt at KUTX"

Austin based musician Christopher Douthitt is a man of few words, at least online. Trying to find fun facts to write in this blurb proved tricky, given that what he presents as a bio of himself is simply “Christopher Douthitt is a musician who writes words and music for voices and instruments.” But for Douthitt, it’s not about presenting himself, it’s about presenting his music. He lets his music speak for itself: lyrical and expressive, his pop-rock-folk sound is sometimes upbeat and bright, sometimes darker and more serious. Last year, he started a band, the Glyphs, who he plays with as Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs.

Christopher Douthitt & the Glyphs will play a show at the Hole in the Wall tomorrow. Today, they stopped by Studio 1a to record a few songs for KUTX. Listen to them below! - KUTX Austin


Discography

Untitled EP - in progress at Cacophony Recorders, Austin, TX; expected release early 2014

Live at KUTX Studio 1A - live EP, recorded for on-air broadcast at Austin's KUTX, January 28, 2013
http://christopherdouthitt.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-kutx-studio-1a

Un'Aura Amorosa - full length debut LP, released October 31, 2011
http://christopherdouthitt.bandcamp.com/album/unaura-amorosa

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ABOUT CHRISTOPHER DOUTHITT & THE GLYPHS
The Glyphs formed over the spring and summer of 2012 to play the songs from Christopher Douthitt's debut album, "Un'Aura Amorosa." They quickly developed a musical identity of their own, infusing the songs with bleeding horns, vocal harmonies, and romantic bursts of noise. After a year of intense live performances, the Glyphs have carved out a sound that is musically complex yet emotionally direct, taking inspiration from bands like Remain-in-Light-era Talking Heads, Street-Legal-era Bob Dylan, Jim O'Rourke, Portishead, Grizzly Bear...the list goes on.

Each member is active in several projects in the Austin music scene. Christopher Douthitt is the principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist. He is also an active composer and electro-acoustic performer, currently studying music at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Mike St. Clair plays horns, keyboards, violin, and auxiliary percussion. He also plays with Okkervil River, the Polyphonic Spree, and My Jerusalem, as well as writing and performing his own songs. Yamal Said plays drums and percussion. He also plays with John Wesley Coleman and Slowtrain. Todd Pruner plays bass. He also plays in The Foundries and composes found-sound collages. Cass Roberts plays saxophone and sings backup. She also performs her own songs with a rotating band.

The Glyphs play as often as they can, given the challenges of managing such a busy roster of in-demand musicians. They are currently working on an EP with engineer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Studios in Austin.

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER DOUTHITT
Christopher Douthitt grew up in eastern Washington, where he discovered poetry and music in the the dry, rolling steppes and river-cut pine forests. He graduated from Princeton University first in his class, with a degree in music. While at Princeton he studied composition with Dan Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko, Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky. On scholarship at Northwestern University, he earned a master’s degree, studying with Hans Thomalla. In 2006 he founded the Chicago-based band the Howling Poppies, playing regularly at venues including Schubas, Double Door, Subterranean and Metro, as well as around the Midwest. In 2010 he moved to Texas, where he recorded his debut album of songs, put together the Glyphs, and honed a live sound in the clubs around Austin. He currently splits time between the Glyphs in Austin and Mills College in Oakland, where he studies composition and improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell.

ABOUT "UN'AURA AMOROSA"
On October 31, 2011, Christopher Douthitt released his debut LP, Un’Aura Amorosa—the result of two years of intensive, secluded work. Over the course of ten tracks, the album is catchy, darkly comic, intimate, apocalyptic, and always prodigiously lyrical. In these songs, love is a knife hewn by a girl with a gigantic, watchful-eyed butterfly tattooed across her back—and then it’s the restful shade of a cypress tree. A father is a broken-down countertenor spitting up blood—and then he’s old Adam himself. From song to song Douthitt speaks in many different voices, each of which finds truth in strangeness, and the strangeness that’s always lying behind every form of truth.

Of Douthitt’s lyric-writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon has said: “Here at last was the combination of directness and depth, simplicity and substance, which is the mark of so many great songs.”

But for all its startling imagery and finely wrought language, Un’Aura Amorosa never loses its infectious pop edge. It moves from the Basement Tapes rave-up of “Butterfly Knives” to the playfully Lennon-esque ‘50s pop of “My Old Man (Un’Aura Amorosa)” before delving into a three-song suite that anchors the album in rich strings and woodwinds—sometimes swooning like late-Romantic chinoiserie, sometimes charged with moments of dissonance that recall the work of mid-century avant-garde composers like Krzysztof Penderecki and Giacinto Scelsi.

Still, Douthitt is most deeply rooted in the long American counter-tradition of subversive singer-songwriters. His influences range from art-pop writers like Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, and Cass McCombs to the the fringe voices of composers like Scott Walker and Harry Partch.

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