Monday, November 08, 2010

newmusicmonday #67:: Kathryn Calder


Kathryn Calder, from NewYorkCool

GenreAlt folk
CityBC Canada
Recent Release‘Are You My Mother?’ album {1 July} at insound {$14.99} & free download of "Arrow"
Upcoming Tour Dates17 December, Vancouver, BC





















Kathryn Calder, of New Pornographers and Immaculate Machine fame, crafts meticulous heartfelt songs. Her 'Are You My Mother?' is an autobiograpical album chronicling her caring for her mother when she was ill. Here's her explanation of the record from an exlaim.ca article::
"I had this idea that I wanted to make a record, and the year before, in 2006, my mother had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. I had this idea that I wanted to make a record and do it so that my mom could hear it. You hear a lot of stories about people doing things after someone has died and they regret that that person never got to hear it or experience it in that way, so I wanted to do it and have it done so she could hear it because I knew she wouldn't have very long to live. That was the motivation behind it. And I mean, the record isn't solely about that; it's very personal to me to have a lot of that in it, obviously, but there were also all kinds of other things going on in my life because there is never just one thing happening in your life! I just started writing songs in 2007 for it and started recording in 2008. It was one part spontaneity and one part disaster."
AUX recently premiered her video for "Arrow" from that album::



and here's "Slip Away" from earlier in the year::


There are 10 streamed tracks on CBCr3 and one of my favourite tracks is the upbeat "Castor and Pollux" with horns and introspective lyrics, reminiscent of a mid-80s Everything But the Girl.




"You've got a nice-looking face
So win me over again
I don't need trouble now
But I like you around

Show me Castor & Pollux
Counting stars from the deck
Well we should have known
Just what to expect

I look down from the window
I look out to the street
The lamp lights flicker there
The road is crooked and cracked

Always calm on the surface
Always calm in the eye
I'm hanging on the thoughts
I've had too many times

Take a look at my heart, my friend
Take a look at my heart, you'll find
The chambers are blown wide open
blown wide open, blown wide open, blown wide open

Once the fire started, it sets its course for the wind
The city waits to see what will happen to them
They built the walls too tall, they built the walls too strong
Well so much for strong, things only last so long

Take a look at my heart, my friend
Take a look at my heart, you'll find
The chambers are blown wide open
blown wide open, blown wide open, blown wide open

Take a look at my heart, my friends
Take a look at my heart, you'll find
The chambers are blown wide open
blown wide open, blown wide open, blown wide open

Take a look at our story now
Well we had made it last somehow
The pages are blown wide open
blown wide open, blown wide open, blown wide open"
Calder's expressive and clean vocals are the backbone of a solid album with layers of complexity. One might hear similarities with the power indie pop of Immaculate Machine, but Calder's stuff is of its own ilk—there's a different attitude here that shines through.

Twitterversion:: [blog] Yet another belated #newmusicmonday featuring @kathryncalder.  @Prof_K

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