Laura Gibson - "Beasts of Seasons"
I blame someone out there for not telling me about Laura Gibson until now. "Beasts of Seasons" reminds me of how I felt when I heard Jolie Holland for the first time. Beautiful, often quirky singing, simple tunes, and some heart melting lyrics to boot. Gibson's album is quiet, almost brittle, and is a headphones record if I have ever heard one. "Come by Storm" is my track of choice. (this video, hot off the YouTube guerilla press) It's chamber pop meets folkie throwback, and that's what we dig around here.
Let's say there are three types of people: those who liked Johnny Cash "American IV", those who didn't, and those who could care less. If you did like it, as I did, then I think this record is up your collective alley. Callahan is better recognized as Smog, but I never listened to previous recordings. His Chicago-based Drag City label is known for a roster of great artists (Will Oldham, Joanna Newsome, Pavement), "Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle" is just cross-over friendly enough that I think we will hear more of Callahan, which is a good thing for even that third group of people, who need more good music in their lives. Upon further searching, Bob Boilen beat me to this guy too, with another Tiny Desk Concert. Boilen is first, all others are two or lower.
Some of Adam Arcusgdrfdisii's (why the hell I can't remember this name without Googling it is beyond me) guitar licks are Jay Bennett (RIP) reminiscent, and when I watched this Tiny Desk Concert I was sold. This is a songwriter's record, great
poetry, and enough country styling and gospel seasoning to make me wonder if this Pennsylvanian is hiding a redneck past. (Google reports a birthplace south of the Mason- Dixon).