Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson’s smoky warble and elegant, jazzy phrasing will probably have you thinking Feist in fairly short order, but the Oregon indie-folk singer-songwriter has her own mesmerizing vibe going on – more the soundtrack to a sepia-toned Dust Bowl documentary than a contemporary Parisian café (or iPod commercial). Her unruffled songs – typically fashioned out of gently picked nylon-string guitar, dollops of piano, vibraphone, saw, and strings, and the occasional shuffling percussion – have a simultaneously soothing and mournful quality, like lullabies for the dying or peaceful transmissions from the afterlife. Gibson’s collaborated with the DecemberistsColin Meloy in the past, and she’s got a who’s who of Pacific Northwest musicians – Laura Veirs, Eyvind Kang, Menomena’s Danny Seim, ex-Decemberist Rachel Blumberg, and many more – guesting on her quite stunning new album, Beasts of Seasons.
Sun., April 5, 2009

 
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