For Indigo Street of the Shy Hunters, playing guitar in other bands helps her hone her own musical instincts.
The New York City trio, led by Street, is opening for Jolie Holland on Friday at the Railyard Ale House.
Shy Hunters are touring in support of their debut album, “O, That I Had Wings.” A year ago, they were the openers for the Portland Cello Project, which played at the Railyard and across Montana.
In a phone interview, Street said she had to make a few changes to their live performance, including shifting the bass player to a Moe Synthesizer, to recreate the sound off the LP.
“It’s a pleasure and a challenge to perform it as well as we can,” Street said. “I am very happy with the emotional power of the music. It’s almost therapeutic.”
Street’s wispy vocals and tempo-driven melodies define the Shy Hunters’ sound. You can also hear the influence of her sound projects with high-profile artists like Yoko Ono on the disc.
“A lot of the material was written after I was playing bass in a loud rock band with a bunch of boys,” Street said. “After a few weeks, I was feeling this cynical irritation. It had to do with tempo. I tend to create music that makes my body feel better.”