"Proposed by lo-fi recorder and pop auteur Emily Reo, the Clubhouse Split collects songs from four similarly active female musicians, enlisting Johanne Swanson, aka Yohuna; Rebecca Doerfer, aka Brown Bread; and Malee Bringardner, aka MoonLasso. Though each is animated by their own unique projects, the impetus for the Clubhouse Split came from a mostly independent discovery and appreciation of each other's music, the final gaps in familiarity being filled as each musician accepted in succession Reo's invitation to collaborate on a split cassette. Their music is elegant, elaborately realized, and fully apprehended - each has been towing their own line for years at the heart of an expanding "post-colonial" music economy (no stuffed-shirt labels for these ladies).
Though the whole of human history is difficult to perceive for 'most' humans, because female voices are so thoroughly undocumented prior to recent centuries, tension in the form of radically opposite self-conceptualizations leaves thinkers of different genders designing their ideal self according to rules that sometimes don't translate. That isn't to say that women don't have role models, just that we live in the throes of a protracted realignment. Progress as a species is the pace of our collective re-investment in the integrity of transcendent principles - in the face of an undesired state, we conceive of an ideal and (ideally) progress toward it. These four women have made it their work to model positivity and strength in the pursuit of a 'public' creativity, brooking no compromise and allowing their sincerity to play out across their respective bodies of work.
In the spirit of good will and basic arithmetic, the Clubhouse split offers eight songs and four genuine exemplars for anyone cognizant. If you include the packaging designers, that total raises to six; much thanks to artist Kaley Dickinson and designer Liz Pavlovic for their contributions."
Oh so nicely mentioned in Jordan Lee's 2013 Pitchfork Guest List,
"Each artist on the tape brings a different approach to electronic pop: Yohuna’s contributions are moody and minimal, looping her vocals to sound like a choir of one. MoonLasso brings the most powerful, soul-inflicted vocals (her 'Vibrasonics' has the biggest hook on the split), whereas Brown Bread’s patchwork of sounds brings the most experimental moment on 'Sister'." -Stereogum
"Every artist brings something different to this tape, and both sides equally impressed me. It's not often that I encounter music that's so organic, carefully crafted, or self-aware." -The Le Sigh