ever have one of those weeks where everything runs smooth and
life is almost pure joy? I'm having one. Some weeks, I struggle
to write. Some weeks, I struggle to find any music to write
about. Some weeks, I struggle to find any music to listen
to, and for a guy who
spends most of his time listening and writing about what he
listens to, those weeks are not fun. This week, though, I'm
listening and enjoying the hell out of it. First, Steve
who masters music for release, turned me on to Thomas
who had, almost a year ago mind you, released an album (White
which somehow ended up on the bottom of the pile in spite of
being one of the more amazing efforts I've heard in the past
few years. Next, Cam
talked me into testing the waters of a number of Canadian
up-and-comers, including Amos
Then, to cap things off, Arborea's
a link to Lindsay
freakishly beautiful Home of the Brave.
Oh yeah, I'm listening. And I'm really digging what I'm
be told, I wasn't sure I was going to like what Lindsay serves
up, a modern folk singer/songwriter mix of what I thought would
be typical female singer/songwriter tunes. In this day and age,
it seems that ninety percent of what you receive are albums by
female singer/songwriters and while I like what many women are
doing these days, the music of that genre is starting to run
together in my head. But what the hell, I'm thinking. If Buck
likes her, I owe Buck the same respect he shows Lindsay. So I
listen. Ten seconds in, I'm thinking, I dunno..... Twenty
seconds in, I'm perking my ears up a bit. By the end of All
the opening track of Home of the Brave,
I stop thinking. It is good. Maybe more than good. But I don't
really have time to think. Go
a piece of a cappella, um, heaven in fact, was next and from
there on, I was sold.
would love to say that it was Clark's voice which sold me for
she has one of beauty, but I can't say that. I would say that
the songs were her strength for she writes with melody and
harmony in mind and the result is mostly downright stunning,
but I can't really say that was what sold me either. No. After
numerous listenings, I have come to the conclusion that what
really makes Home of the Brave a
big step above the norm are the arrangements. Clark has a
touch, you see, and it is a delicate one. On some songs, you
barely notice the little nuances to her phrasing, but they are
there. On others, the addition of instruments, perfect for
offsetting or complementing the vocals.
though, there is the mood. In the end, I believe what I really
love about this album is the soothing effect it has on me. The
music is so pretty, it touches places which need being touched,
if only once in a long while. This must be my long while.
has it that Clark is presently (well, when she isn't touring)
working on a new album, being recorded in her home in Portland.
It should be intriguing. She makes mention of the high ceiling.
Experiment in using a room for sound engineering? Stay tuned.