Birdtalker: One

Posted on Jul 20, 2018 in Reviews
Birdtalker: One

In her stunningly brilliant piece, Nanette, comedian Hannah Gadsby talks about how jokes have two parts: tension and release. The performer creates the former in order to provide the latter and, essentially, come out looking like a champ. She laughs that it’s a somewhat abusive relationship, that of comedian and audience. Songs can be similarly […]

Lera Lynn: Plays Well with Others

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in Reviews
Lera Lynn: Plays Well with Others

Finding your voice, as an artist, is a multi-faceted endeavor. There’s the style of singing that, albeit weighted with inherent gifts, still demands work on technique and timbre to be really great. Then there’s the craft of songwriting which requires even more effort to hone. Figuring out what to say and how to say it, […]

Erin Rae: Putting on Airs

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Reviews
Erin Rae: Putting on Airs

It’s not as easy as it seems to make a record that stands the test of time. Great songs and classic sounds play their part, as do brilliant performances. But the key lies in the obvious restraint such an undertaking demands in the moment and rewards only in hindsight. Timeless albums are only timeless because […]