Exploring the world with Sacred Destinies

Charlyne Yi and Jet Elfman | Grant White


The last impressions of a dream are not the vague images that dot our memory, but the weakness in our muscles that reminds us our body was vulnerable just a few minutes before. Vulnerability plays a large role in Sacred Destinies, the folk outfit featuring Jet Elfman and Charlyne Yi. Their frail vocals harmonize over delicate string work, the two falsettos asking in the chorus, “Can I be there when there is something on your mind?” on the track Stork and Mosquitos.

Even further into the nesting doll that is Sacred Destinies is a sense of wonder that may have tapered off in one’s rebellious teen years but becomes a stark contrast to life’s despair in their mid-20s. Yi has played in garage bands in the past, where she got to do some yelling. Now she’s making do with her voice right next to Elfman’s, the two floating by like quiet birds.

With the track Wide Hide, the lingering keyboard punctuates Elfman’s and Yi’s vocals’ like a brooding dial tone. They’re harmonizing in cascading beats, so his voice is a fraction after hers, but just enough to give both of their words a light crisp finish. In the scope of a song maybe only a square foot is explored in their corner of the world, but the level of intimacy with that piece of land is absolute.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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