Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish
Andrew Hamlin 1 p.m., July 29
Sound description: Acoustic indie-alternative-pop songstress, with a soaring voice that reminds of Tori Amos and dense musical backdrops that call to mind Meat Loaf and Queen.
RIYL: Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Bjork, Tori Amos, Elton John, Sade, Jewel, Coldplay, Madonna
Inception: San Diego, 2000
Current Status: Playing constantly all over Southern California.
Influences: Beethoven, Jesus Christ, Lao Tzu, Soren Kierkegaard, Siddhartha Gautama, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mary Oliver, Ray LaMontagne, Beck, Tori Amos, Jewel, the Eagles, David Gray
"All of my songs are very personal and passionate, lyrically and vocally," says Lindsey Yung. "They address life's basic experiences of love, loss, death, and self-realization."
Yung's musical career can be traced back to when she was a toddler, playing Ngana in a production of South Pacific that ran for two weeks at the Starlight Bowl. "It was a wonderful learning experience, and I made money! That's pretty cool to land a paying gig at five. Of course, I was forced to put the money in an education savings account by my parents."
Later, when not busy earning two degrees from SDSU (in philosophy and religious studies), Yung hit the local coffeehouse scene as a solo acoustic performer. She took a turn toward electronica after hooking up with local production duo Brainfire Technology (Chad Tuthill and Edgar Alminar), her newest CD Fusion furthering her experiment in pastoral computer pastiche. "The music has been called acoustic-electronica, and I don't mind that label at all," she says. "The songs are driven by acoustic guitar parts and accented with electronic elements from keyboards and Korgs."
Yung performs solo (vocals, keyboard), as well as doing shows with a band usually consisting of Jesse West (bass) and Edgar Alminar (keyboards).