female singer/songwriters month : keren ann
it's not february anymore and i still have more female singer/songwriters to explore, so i guess my definition of "month" will have to be a number of days rather than a specific month. because you definitely wouldn't want to miss keren ann.
hope sandoval of mazzy star has always had one of my favorite voices--so beautiful, so haunting, so sultry. with as much music as has passed through these ears, i've always considered hope sandoval's a singular voice, never having heard anyone who really came close to eliciting quite the reaction that hers does for me. until i heard keren ann.
keren ann's "lay your head down" was one of my favorite songs of 2007, far outstripping the impact of the far more popular "1234", by feist. but it was the first song on her self-titled album that really caught my ear. on "it's all a lie", ann's voice is quiet and calm, yet full and powerful, garnished with reverb to haunt the darkest recesses of your mind. soft sounds fall off her tongue like silk, made all the more beautiful by the way she sticks the hard ones, flicking them away like yesterday's news. the timbre of her voice is just astoundingly beautiful, and it's one that, for perhaps the first time ever, made me briefly forget about hope sandoval. but of course, only briefly...
keren ann : "it's all a lie"
from the lp keren ann (blue note records, 2007)