Thursday, February 11, 2010

Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Tour Demo '09

Laura Stevenson is a girl with a stunning, breathtaking voice. The Cans are her backing band, maybe up of various NYC musicians, mostly culled from Bomb the Music Industry!. Some of her songs start like skeletons, frames built with voice and guitar, and end up being sprawling messy affairs, exploding into noise and fuzz and sheer exhilarating beauty. Otherwise remain quiet, cold things, frozen echoes of life. Her lyrics lean towards evocative surrealism, flirting with meaning like fuzzily-remembered dreams, making sense on an instinctual level. She released an album(entitled "A Record") on Quote Unquote Records, and it's finally getting a physical release from those fine folk at Asian Man.

This release is a tour-only live/demo thing I picked up when I saw Laura open for Bomb the Music Industry this summer. I spent their set gawking, entranced by their music, and later, awkwardly asked for a high five from Laura. All of the mp3s are unlabeled because I'm not sure of titles. There was no tracklisting with the release. The quality of the recording varies, but the quality of the music is outstanding throughout.

Laura Stevenson and the Cans - Tour Demo '09

EDIT: I should note that Laura Stevenson and the Cans are playing a building right next to my high school on my birthday. It's where we used to have middle school music department dances.

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