Hoofless

Hoofless

Salt Lake City, UT

About

Hoofless are a quartet consisting of Halee Jean (cello, vocals), Michael Nebeker (violin), Bret Meisenbach (guitar), and David Payne (drums). The four compose long, dronebased compositions that sound as much like Arvo Pärt or Ben Johnston as they do Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Om. Atop these slow builds and dissonant clusters sits Jean’s distinctive and passionate voice, often screaming her lyrics in a raspy tone. Jean’s cello loops build on top of each other in both harmonious and grating ways, accompanied by Nebeker’s sliding violin and Payne’s sometimes-subtle and sometimes-booming drumming.The intimacy of acoustic instruments, Jean’s arresting vocals and the almost sacred quality of Hoofless’ music allow audiences to become enveloped in the sound and performance rather than merely to observe casually.