Aug. 11 2015 07:09 PM

Plus more bands announced for San Diego Music Thing

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Carrie Gillespie Feller of Ilya and Lunar Maps has started a new solo project called Hexa. Feller conceived the project when she relocated to a new neighborhood, where some strange nearby crimes—including a police chase next to her house·and some other peculiar phenomena started happening.

"It kind of came about almost a year ago when my husband and I moved to Spring Valley," she says in a phone interview with CityBeat. "When we got there, we started having all these strange things happen—things were disappearing or showing up in weird places. 

"We started to think maybe the house was haunted," she adds with a laugh.

The inspiration of the possible haunting led her to pursue an experimental pop sound that's atmospheric and dark, with prominent use of a loop station and vocal chants. She intends to begin recording her first EP soon, with the target release date in winter.

"It's definitely a more instrumental project but it has some dark pop elements," she says. "It's kind of heavy."

Thematically, Feller also says that Hexa has a lot to do with other "ghosts," namely the idea of being haunted by one's past.

"There's a lot to do, I guess, with addressing some different things that came up with moving back to East County," she says. "There were a lot of feelings we didn't expect. It's just sort of about confronting ghosts from your past."

Hexa has played two shows so far, and will perform next at The Casbah on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and at Space 4 Art on Saturday, Aug. 15.

San Diego Music Thing has announced two rounds of bands playing the festival this year, including L7, The Joy Formidable, Blitzen Trapper, Viet Cong, No Age, Soulside, The Album Leaf, Retox and Chicano Batman. Yo La Tengo headlines. San Diego Music Thing takes place Nov. 11-14, in various venues.

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