Gibson, Laura / La Grande
Album: La Grande   Collection:General
Artist:Gibson, Laura   Added:Feb 2012
Label:Barsuk Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-02-12 Pull Date: 2012-04-15
Week Ending: Apr 15 Apr 8 Mar 11 Mar 4 Feb 26 Feb 19
Airplays: 1 1 3 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 05, 2020: Hanging in the bone yard
The Fire
4. Mar 10, 2012: Evening Songs
Milk-Heavy, Pollen Eyed
2. Apr 11, 2012: The Independent Mind
La Grande
5. Mar 10, 2012: Everything.
The Rushing Dark
3. Apr 04, 2012: Modern Donkey - Closers
Feather Lungs
6. Mar 07, 2012: Modern Donkey - Song 2
Milk-Heavy, Pollen Eyed

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-02-07
Portland-based singer-songwriter Laura Gibson offers a somewhat varied album, in tone of the songs and especially in instruments selected. Nylon string guitar, double bass, and pump organ make frequent appearances, accented by marimbas, vibraphones, oboes, viola, etc. (check the liners for fave instruments). Gibson's lightly jazzy, often distorted to (trendily?) sound "vintage" voice guides the songs, which are inspired by places in NE Oregon and written about moving into the future. Members of Calexico, The Decemberists, The Dodos guest.

RIYL Americana, female singer-songwriters, Feist, coffeeshop soundtracks

**1 (3:50) Driving drums, Western feel, howling guitars, echoing vocals, whispers in the background, puts cowboys on the mind
2 (2:56) Slow, lightly jazzy, fingerpicked guitar; love song
3 (4:06) Tropicalia-influenced, big woodwind section, light, distorted
4 (3:48) Big, soaring sound with heavy layers of backing vocals takes turns in the spotlight with Gibson's haunting voice; not-so-subtle sex lyrics
5 (3:04) Cooing, heavily effected vox to sound like an old jazz piece. Soothing
6 (2:56) Waltz sample, lazy summer nighttime campfire feel
*7 (3:36) Quiet and pretty, touches of woodwinds and brass
*8 (3:33) Quiet intro into stomping groove, Hammond organ features
9 (4:35) Midtempo piece, subdued just a little. Piano sprinkled through a few really great musical parts; slightly slow to start though
10 (3:18) Quiet, piano-driven, clearly written as a closer, about death

Track Listing
1. La Grande   6. Red Moon
2. Milk-Heavy, Pollen Eyed   7. Crow/Swallow
3. Lion/Lamb   8. The Fire
4. Skin, Warming Skin   9. Time Is Not
5. The Rushing Dark   10. Feather Lungs