Please Please You presents
Karl Blau (band) + Laura Gibson
The Crescent, York
Saturday 19th August, 7.30pm. £10adv
This is now a co-headline! Aren't we good to you.
Karl Blau is bringing his full band back to the UK to play songs from his recent 'Introducing Karl Blau' record, a homage to lush, Seventies style country productions. Recorded by Tucker Martine and featuring Laura Viers, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and more. It's totally magic.
As if that's not worth a tenner, we can finally welcome wonderful Oregon singer-songwriter Laura Gibson to York for the first time. We've been asking her to play hear for years so don't miss,
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Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY icon who helped turn his hometown of Anacortes, Washington, into an indie-music mecca. He has released more than 40 records in 20-odd years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest labels K and knw-yr-own. Blau has also toured and recorded for years with Laura Veirs, the Microphones, Little Wings, D+, and Earth.
On 'Introducing Karl Blau' the enigmatic vocalist charts a new vision of country music. A Northwest indie hero, Blau channels darkness and hope in a cinematic collection of Nashville country hits from the 1960’s and 70’s. Produced by Tucker Martine, the record features performances by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Laura Veirs, Jon Hyde, Eli Moore (Lake), Steve Moore (Earth, SunnO)))), among others.
It all started with cutting a 7” single, a cover of the 1969 Tom T. Hall hit “That’s How I Got to Memphis”. Blau, whom Martine had come to know from sessions with Laura Veirs among others, asked if he could try singing it. “I knew what a special artist Karl was, but I had no idea what a powerful interpreter of songs he was,’ Martine says. The collaboration, pairing Blau’s deeply sonorous voice with Martine’s warm, modern arrangements, recast the Nashville hit in a new light.
The record, all covers, is a crate-digger’s feast of forgotten hits and deeper cuts; most of them from the Nashville country-soul renaissance in the late 1960s and early 70s – Tom T. Hall, Bobby Bond, Allen Reynolds. Other songs are from the Bee Gees (To Love Somebody), Link Wray (Fallin’ Rain), or Townes Van Zandt (If I Needed You). The project was a labor of love for Martine, the son of a Nashville songwriter who grew up listening to many of these songs.
Tucker Martine, known for his distinctive production work on music by My Morning Jacket, the Decemberists, and Laura Veirs, was first introduced to Blau’s early music by Veirs. “I was transfixed by Karl’s voice and completely absorbed by the world of sound he had created. I felt like I had been shown one of the great hidden treasures of music.”
'It shimmers with an enchanting beauty that this writer at least has yet to find in any other song this year.'
'A dark and glorious vision, reinterpreting Nashville country-soul hits from the '60s and '70s.'
**** Mojo Magazine
'The songs are rendered sincerely, with elegant, understated phrasing.'
**** Uncut Magazine
Both literary and raw, with a love of a traditional folk music and a bent towards experimentation, multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Laura Gibson has toured four continents, and is a frequent collaborator. She just recently received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Hunter College, while working on her forth release, the wise and vulnerable "Empire Builder", which Pitchfork called her best record to date. Laura recently collaborated with French artist The Avener on the single “You Belong”, featured in a worldwide ad campaign for Zadig & Voltaire.
'Her best record to date...Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free.'
'There isn’t a song here that isn’t a low-key delight.'
8/10, Uncut http://www.seetickets.com/event/laura-gibson/the-basement/1083688/
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