"...Unless Joanna Newsom drops another brilliant album this may well be
the very finest folk that New Weird America has to offer this year."
I had a hectic day of driving in freezing rain around this expansive mass of urban sprawl known as the Dallas metroplex, wandering aimlessly through cavernous furniture stores, spending large percentages of my income on things to make my house look less empty, and then assembling it at home. Pretty exhausting. So I was extremely pleased to find in my inbox a note from Jane Herships, aka Spider.
On her new album, The Way to Bitter Lake, Spider gets help from members of Cass McCombs and The Polyphonic Spree, but the real star here is her voice. Think Sam Beam meets Vashti Bunyan; hushed, comforting, and ultimately, beautiful and calming. In other words, just what I needed.
Recommended for fans of Nick Drake, Iron & Wine, or Joanna Newsom.
spider Don't Be Afraid, I've Just Come to Say Goodbye mp3
buy Spider's The Way to Bitter Lake here
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