Laura Gibsons 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. Gibsons collaborated with the Decemberists Colin Meloy in the past, and shes got a whos who of Pacific Northwest musicians Laura Veirs, Eyvind Kang, Menomenas 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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