Jamie Lidell helped us kick off a new feature called XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with his funky number “Do Yourself a Faver.” The British electro-soul musician / producer released a self-titled album in mid-February and will be in town on April 14th for a show at Union Transfer with Empress Of and Ludwig Persik. Tickets and information can be found here. Download “Do Yourself a Faver” in exchange for your email address below.
Undoubtedly, this will be a most biased write-up for this week’s Folkadelphia Session as we feature Sera Cahoone. In my not humble opinion, she put out one of the best, if not the best, records of last year. It’s called Deer Creek Canyon (via Sub Pop) and is titled for the Colorado canyon of the same name where Cahoone grew up. With the concept of home and its simultaneous push and pull, the songwriter creates a set of songs on Deer Creek that runs the gamut of emotions. Cahoone’s voice together with the moody “Seattle-ified” country music endow the record with a deeper sense of feeling than most – whether regret, loneliness, giddiness, or passion – the listener empathizes more strongly. It could be the relatability of the subject matter she sings about or her immense creative powers, or probably both (plus her fantastic band), but I find myself continually drawn back to this album. I don’t see that musical magnetic force wearing off any time soon.
Sera, in this session, strips back three tracks from Deer Creek to their most bare form, just acoustic guitar and voice. Hearing her in this stripped-down configuration adds a whole new perspective to the emotions the songs conjure up in me. I imagine that this was probably how she initially wrote the songs, perhaps similarly sitting around in her living room, ruminating on her roots, feeling tinges of nostalgia and more.
Sera Cahoone was kind enough to record these songs before her concert at Newtown Square, PA’s Burlap and Bean Coffee on February 1st, 2013.
Plainly stated and in my humble opinion, Sera Cahoone, formerly a member of Carissa’s Wierd and Band of Horses, released one of the most compelling albums of last year. The collection of songs that make up Deer Creek Canyon, her long-awaited third solo effort after 2008′s acclaimed Only as the Day is Long, are a perfect distillation of the Northwest Pacific in sound, feel, and aesthetic. The country-tinged Americana songs are influenced, tempered, and affected by the geography and atmosphere of her home state Washington.
Before her stop at Newtown Square, PA’s Burlap & Bean on Friday, February 1st, Cahoone will be appearing for an in-store performance on Monday, January 28th at 7 PM at Main Street Music, located in Manayunk. Below, you can download the title track to Deer Creek Canyon.
Sera Cahoone plays Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night with Philly’s Gretchen Lohse (Yellow Humphrey) and Nashville’s Rayland Baxter. Tickets and more information for the 21+ show can be found on XPN’s Concert Calendar. Below, download Deer Creek Canyon‘s title track and watch Cahoone perform a live version for KEXP (you can also download a couple of other songs here).Continue reading