Jan 19th, 2012
Laura Gibson‘s new record, La Grande – is named after a small town in Portland that she says has a curious energy. The record, which comes out on Jan 24th via Barsuk feels like it’s from another era. The title track, “La Grande” has this sort of galloping percussion, with old Western folk elements, while Milk-Heavy, Pollen- Eyed is a drifting, delicate ballad of a woman who’s will is weak. There’s a sense of awe in her voice – the twinkling instrumentation in Lion/Lamb evoke waterfalls and lazy rivers. That song in particular is about being more fierce, a theme that permeates throughout, as she sings, “be not afraid of the fire!”. There’s power in her own meekness. Perhaps my favorite track is The Rushing Dark – with an early 30’s hum and crackling vinyl sound. It feels like her in her grandmother’s incarnation – an old spirit kind of sound.