As I prep #31days2016, I find myself exploring the tunes from past (31) Days of Good. It seems counter productive when i’m writing about the best new music of the year, but listening to old favorites seems to motivate me more. Last month, Brendan and I revisited the early blogspot days of Concrete Opinions and 35mmBeats on Revolutions Per Minute and had a blast. So, as we approach the “best of season”, i thought it would be nice to share my old (31) Days of Good playlists.
I love, love, love The New Pornographers, but it wasn’t until today that I discovered the solo recordings of keyboardist/vocalist, Kathryn Calder. (thank you dinner party download!)
Calder released her first album back in 2010. A deeply personal record, Are you my Mother? was largely born through two years of Kathryn caring for her terminally ill mother. As depressing as that sounds, don’t think of the record as a eulogy. Rather, think of it as a “statement that life is a mixed bag, and that without losing things you would never know to cherish them.”
This last October, Calder released Bright and Vivid. A solid follow-up, the record is filled with harmonic vocals and some surprisingly elaborate production. Lead single, “Who Are You?”, is one heck of a good track and Calder’s “uniquely angelic voice” really shine. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with Kathryn.
♪ Kathryn Calder – Who Are You? (from Bright and Vivid)
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