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Song premiere: "Highway" by The Cabin Project

The Cabin Project
10 May 2016

The Cabin Project is an orchestral indie-pop band from Portland whose sound arises from anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, octave pedals, and string sections. Though musically expansive, the songs retain an intimacy akin to The National, Bon Iver, Feist, and Warpaint.

Born in an attic studio, the band started as a project of Katie Sawicki, a former folksinger from Brooklyn who became inspired by electric guitars, keys, and synthesizers, and balancing all three onstage. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Sawicki sought out musicians to collaborate with, leading her to musical partners Zanny Geffel, an orchestral drummer, rooted in jazz and percussion, with a preponderance for poetry and onstage mayhem; and Rebekah Hanson, a PhD in viola recently turned onto delay and effects pedals, creating the band’s strings and bass section.

The Cabin Project released their second album, Heliotrope, in October 2012. The album came together after passing demos back and forth between coasts and collaborating with a variety of talented musicians from all over the country. Sine EP was the first collaborative effort of all three musicians in the group. Unfolded, the band’s most recent album, is to be released June 24.

“Highway” is a majestic, stirring song driven by insistent strings, with explosive drumming at its conclusion. We’re happy to premiere it for you today!