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Laura Gibson On World Cafe | February 28, 2012

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Laura Gibson's new album, La Grande, is built around a surprising musical contrast: Her hushed voice remains as quiet as ever, but her songs are louder and more complex. Although simplicity and lack of volume characterize Gibson's earlier work, her music today feels bigger without sacrificing intimacy: It meditates on mortality, carrying a weight of seriousness without being heavy. It's dark, but dispensed with a light touch.

La Grande sounds just the way it's pronounced: grand. She worked with notable artists on the album, including members of The Dodos and The Decemberists, yet La Grande never overshadows its unique textures — every sound, from glockenspiel to muted guitar picking, can be heard distinctly, and each voice comes through in the harmonies. Carefully layered and delicately balanced, La Grande is an album of rare poise and grace, but also more than a few surprises.(link)

Playlist

Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

The Pretenders "My City Was Gone" Learning to Crawl
Birdy "Skinny Love" Birdy
Daniel Rossen "Silent Song" Silent Hour / Golden Mile
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
Rusted Root "Send Me On My Way" When I Woke

((Laura Gibson "Feather Lungs" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Laura Gibson "La Grande" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Gibson "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Gibson "Skin, Warming Skin" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Gibson "Feather Lungs" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Laura Gibson "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Tramps
My Morning Jacket "One Big Holiday" It Still Moves
The Reivers "Breathing Easy" Pop Beloved

Hour 2

Neil Young "See the Sky About to Rain" On the Beach
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Helplessness Blues
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way" All This and Nothing
White Rabbits "Heavy Metal" Milk Famous
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand

((Panic At The Disco "Nine In The Afternoon" Pretty Odd))  

Zeus "Are You Gonna Waste My Time" Busting Visions
Faces "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing, or Anything" Best Of Faces
Phish "Julius" Hoist

((Tristen "Doomsday" Charlatans At The Garden Gate))

Julia Nunes "Stay Awake" Settle Down
Gotye "Somebody That I Used to Know" Making Mirrors
KT Tunstall "Black Horse and The Cherry Tree" Eye to the Telescope
The Barr Brothers "Give the Devil Back His" The Barr Brothers

((Black Joe Lewis "I'm Broke" Tell 'Em What Your Name Is))