Cover Friday Thursday: Sad story lullabies sound better in Portland

Listening to her does make you feel like you're living in black and white, a little

Listening to her does make you feel like you're living in black and white, a little

Maybe you met Laura Gibson, or knew of her through a friend of a friend, when she was growing up in the coastal town of Coquille, Oregon. Maybe you crossed paths with her when you were out buying coffee and walking the dog near the house where she lived with a view to one of the oldest cemeteries in Portland during the writing of her upcoming album, Beasts of Seasons. Maybe you’ve followed her since the independent release of her 2004 debut, Amends, and have enjoyed her live shows where she works with artists in the Portland Cello Project and Musée Mécanique. Maybe none of this rings a bell, but once you hear her voice, you’ll feel like she knows you. Maybe it’s the compelling warmth in her deceptively tentative vocals. Maybe it’s the quiet and thoughtful cadence of her guitar. Maybe it’s because she sounds a little like Cat Power, and you always hoped for a Northwest-based Cat Power, even though that sounds highly reductive of both Cat Power and Laura Gibson. Maybe that’s just me.

And maybe I’m stretching it a bit to consider her take on an American standard a cover. But it will give the unfamiliar a glimpse into the potential of Laura Gibson’s distinct voice, as well as whet the appetites of those who are counting the days until her next album appears. Sean Ogilvie of Musée Mécanique produced the EP sampled below. No slaves were used in the making of this EP, I trust.

Laura Gibson’s upcoming album, Beasts of Seasons, will be released on February 24. She will also play a free set in honor of the album at Music Millennium.

  • Laura Gibson ~ Six White Horses: Blues and Traditionals Vol I Presented by Laura Gibson and Friends ~ Hush

All the Pretty Horses

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