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Laura Gibson – If You Come To Greet Me

(cd review)

1.19.07


Laura Gibson
If You Come To Greet Me

[Hush]

I’ve been enjoying the Laura Gibson disc that came out on Hush quite a bit lately. I was enjoying it so much, actually, that I completely forgot to post about it. I had it in the background while we were doing renovations here at PBHQ. To me, this is always a good measure of a decent folksy album… that I forgot that this was a “submission”

Palebear - Laura Gibson, Hush RecordsNotice, I said “forget” and not “fall asleep”. Important (but subtle, for some) difference!

Anyhow, If You Come To Greet Me is quiet but it’s still quite engaging. I think that definitely has something to do with it having the Norfolk and Western stamp on it. Indeed, most of the members of that Portland band take a turn backing up Gibson.

The resulting folk music is a bit emotional and even raw, and it’s going to remind the casual indie listener a bit of Chan Marshall. To me, it’s less bluesy and insistent but just as immediate. The musical instrumentation does get more fleshed out in certain songs than others, but remains firmly rooted in quieter, melodic folk and Americana. I’ve read a comparison of her voice to “sepia-tones” and “aged photograph” That pretty much sums it up well – this is a beautiful album that I think I’ll be able to put on the stereo 10 years from now and still enjoy.

Available Tracks:

Hands In Pockets
Wintering

Requisite YouTubeVideo

The Longest Day, performed live at Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR.

Band Website:

Laura Gibson

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