Home became a vital concept when the COVID pandemic hit. For indie singer-songwriter Katherine Paul, aka Black Belt Eagle Scout, that meant uprooting from Portland to her ancestral Swinomish lands in LaConner, Washington. The emotions of the experience of returning home and reconnecting with her roots — and all the complications, beauty and grief that evoked — flow out across Black Belt Eagle Scout’s new album, The Land, The Water, The Sky. It’s a poetic, contemplative, sorrowful, ethereal meditation on life that floats on swirling walls of guitar noise. There’s certainly plenty of thorny aspects of reservation life, but BBES invites listeners into her sonic home with warm, open arms.
Black Belt Eagle Scout • Sat, April 1 at 8 pm • $15-$17 • 21+ • Lucky You Lounge • 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. • luckyyoulounge.com