Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up
January just ended, and I think I've already got my favorite album of the year. Cortney Tidwell's debut full length album was released last year across the pond, and on February 20 it finally gets a domestic release. Aided by members of Lambchop and Hands Off Cuba, Tidwell builds on the relative minimalism of her self titled EP to create a spacy folk/pop gem. Initially tagged as "gothic country," she adds a quite a bit more electronics and layered harmonies to the mix this time, and the result sounds like a cross between The Sundays and Sigur Ros. Regardless of whether the instrumentation is guitar, synth, organ, steel guitar, banjo, piano or pecolating electronic drum beats, the focus is always on her amazing voice. Comparisons to Bjork are probably inevitable, mostly because of her versatility. She can go from a whisper to a shout, sometimes within the same song, and is never anything less than captivating. Nashville artists have produced some fantastic albums over the last couple of years, and this CD is certainly one of the best.
Cortney Tidwell - "Eyes Are At The Billions" (mp3)
Cortney Tidwell - "The Tide" (mp3)
"Missing Link" video (at youtube)
She has three hometown shows in February, so folks in Nashville have several chances to catch her, starting tonight.
Thursday, February 1, The Basement with Erin McKeown
Friday, February 2, Mercy Lounge with Forget Cassettes and Umbrella Tree
Saturday, February 17, Grimey's instore peformance, 5 pm
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