“I’ve always loved albums full of engrossing psychedelia,” Jacob Dee says over drinks at the Writer’s Block Bookstore and Café in Anchorage. His enthusiasm and delight for “art pop” — a term he prefers over the more isolating or alienating “experimental music” designation — is infectious and palpable.
“It’s not enough to just pick up a guitar and start playing,” Armin Abdihodžić says as he unlatches the case resting at his feet in his office. “You want to pick it up and be inspired.”
When he plays his new, custom guitar, it’s tempting to assume that Abdihodžić possesses easy access to some mythical, transcendent space reserved for only the most skilled and capable musicians.
Growing up between Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, visual artist Colleen Firmin Thomas became accustomed to living simultaneously in worlds that contradict. Her mother is Gwich’yaa Gwich’in and pursued a career teaching at Fort Yukon School. Her father, who is white, grew up in Anchorage, traveled to Fort Yukon as a teenager to trap, and stayed.
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