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Are You My Mother
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Some things are worth waiting for, and this couldn't be more true of Kathryn Calderï¿½s debut solo project ï¿½Are You My Mother?ï¿½ ï¿½ a recording jam-packed with contributions from her amazing friends Neko Case, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey of The New Pornographers and members of Ladyhawk. After playing keyboards and singing for Immaculate Machine and The New Pornographers for the past several years, a little voice in Kathryn Calderï¿½s head started to ask her, ï¿½What would it be like to put out your own record?ï¿½ When she couldnï¿½t wait any longer to find out, she and her producer, Colin Stewart, took over her childhood home in Victoria, BC and set up an impromptu recording studio. With little in the way of props or technology, the pair started to cobble together the songs that would become ï¿½Are you my Mother?ï¿½ Kathryn is the first to admit that she had no idea of what she wanted out of the experience before beginningto work on this CD. Sheï¿½d made lots of records before, but sheï¿½d always been one of many collaborators working together on a project. She was used to half writing songs and then taking them to band members who would each have their input to help transform them. This time, she didnï¿½t have that option and was forced to focus, work through her blocks, and go on a voyage of discovery that allowed her to finish the songs by herself. Sprightly, innovative, and optimistic, the ten original songs that came out of Calder and Stewartï¿½s hard work will surely make ï¿½Are youmyMother?ï¿½ one of 2010ï¿½s most enduring releases. ï¿½Are you my Mother?ï¿½ is a transitional record from an already accomplished artist firmly hitting her stride as a solo performer. With this record, Kathryn Calder proves herself as a musician to watch, and as someone who makes music that's built to last. ï¿½Are you my Mother?ï¿½ offers a timeless collection of songs, and years from now youï¿½ll be able to say that you were there..
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There is also a nice variety of songs here with varying tempos and moods, so the record itself is very easy and interesting to listen to. The only track that I wasn't a huge fan of was "So Easily," but even that track is decently good.
Admittedly, Kathryn earns extra points in my book for being so sweet and kind to her fans, chatting with them after concerts, etc. So I just plain like her all around.
Personal biases aside, "Are You My Mother?" is a hearty debut offering and I think we can expect more good things from Kathryn in the future.
Haunting, with sweet harmonies, this lament grabs at something child-like and elemental in each of us. If I hadn't gotten anything else out of watching that show, I got this song, and that's substantial.
The rest of the album varies from good to very good, from the quiet song about all it is, Slip Away, to the attempt to pull back something slipping away, "All It Is."
People who say new music is dead, hyper-commercialized junk aren't paying attention. This is good stuff.