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Black Belt Eagle Scout; the moniker of Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul released an excellent  album titled “At the Party With My Brown Friends” in 2019. That seemed to get lost in the shuffle with all the other things in life, etc. After seeing it pop on a number of year-end lists and she really is something special. She’s heading out on a North American and European tour this year and has released an excellent video for I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song

Its animated video was edited and directed by Chantal Jung (Inujuk Nunatsiavutimi), and is meant to raise awareness of the Alaskan coastline and its deep connection with Indigenous people and animals. “The video features Northern imagery that shows aspects of Inuit life, including cloudberry picking, animal relatives and Arctic landscapes,” describes Jung. “People often forget that our livelihoods are extremely connected to the environment, including the animals and plants that live among us. This video is meant to bring awareness of the land, the animals and the people who protect the land.”

“This album is about friendship, love and what it means to support one another,” Katherine Paul says of her new album. Arriving just a year after her debut record, “At the Party With My Brown Friends” redefines KP’s Black Belt Eagle Scout project. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of KP’s standing as a radical indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship. At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP’s beautifully singular artistic vision.

Paul’s soft voice, washed by reverb, recalls the dreamscapes of Beach House, and there are reminders of Sharon Van Etten in the enveloping swells. The uniqueness of her voice, though, stems not just from her origins, but her uncanny ability to capture the heart.”

Black Belt Eagle Scout – “At the Party With My Brown Friends”

Black Belt Eagle Scout – the project led by multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul – announces her sophomore album, “At the Party With My Brown Friends”, is out now. At the Party With My Brown Friends is the follow up to Mother of My Children –  “a compact reflection on loss, queer desire, and the endurance of sacred native traditions” (Pitchfork, Best Rock Albums of 2018). The album was inspired by the reciprocal love Paul has experienced in the last few years. Throughout, she conveys a sense of community and connection, dealing with love, desire, and friendship.

At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward-step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. Paul recalls specific memories – an impromptu beach trip with her friend Haley Heynderickx, her eternal love for her mother, and leaving one love and desperately wanting to find another. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines Paul’s singular artistic vision

Black Belt Eagle Scout – My Heart Dreams Directed by Angel Two Bulls and Katherine Paul from the album At the Party With My Brown Friends Out August 30th, 2019!

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Released in September of 2018, Mother of My Children was the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout , the recording project of Katherine Paul. Heralded as a favorite new musician of 2018 by the likes of NPR Music, Stereogum , and Paste , the album was also named as a “Best Rock Album of 2018” by Pitchfork , and garnered further end-of-year praise from FADER , Under The Radar and more.

Arriving just a year after that debut record, At the Party With My Brown Friends is a brand new full-length recording from Black Belt Eagle Scout. Where that first record was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of Katherine Paul’s standing as a radical indigenous gay feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship.

At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines KP’s beautifully singular artistic vision.

Black Belt Eagle ScoutAt the Party from the album “At the Party With My Brown Friends” Out August 30th, 2019!.