Monday, July 30, 2012

newmusicmonday #104:: Dana Falconberry

Dana Falconberry c.2008, via Facebook
Eastbay based Antenna Farm Records recently signed Austin-based Dana Falconberry, which is quite a coup. Her earlier stuff has a clean, stripped down "blue-state folksy" sound like on "Blue Umbrella"::

and indie folk pop tracks like "Petosky Stone" from 'Though I didn't Call It Came'::

What caught my ear was "Lake Charlevoix", a track on her forthcoming 'Leelanau' album due out on October 9th.

The sound is lusher and the vocals remind me a bit of Keren Ann, {e.g., the "Not Going Anywhere" era.} In other words, chanteusey with a softness and an unmistakeable hook of cool.

Dana gets inspiration from her native Michigan, specifically, the Leelanau Peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. Much of my experiences of the Great Lakes has been in Canada, along the northern shore of Lake Ontario and I remember a very long drive along Lake Superior in 1992 from Thunder Bay to Wawa. Being from California, it took me a long while to appreciate the Great Lakes and how their subtlety can draw you in. This characterizes how Falconberry's music strikes me...drawing me in with subtle details and her intricately crafted arrangements.

Why I might like this?
Sweet vocals and indie folk pop orchestrations that aren't overblown or pretentious.

What makes it cool?
It's indie folk that's been distilled once again.

Standout track...
"Lake Charlevoix"

Hipster quotient...
She's been playing SXSW since 2006 & has opened for Okkervil River, so you might be late to the game...better late than never.

Upcoming shows are here.

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