I first heard Portland-based singer-songwriter Laura Gibson, and a number of other artists who I’ve featured on “Song of the Day,” on NPR’s “All Songs Considered.” I can’t speak highly enough of this program. For anyone interested in indie, rock, pop, soul, rap and/or R&B – basically anything outside of jazz and classical (for which NPR has other excellent programs) – this show is a terrific resource, giving you a chance to hear things beyond what gets featured on commercial or college radio, with insightful commentary by regular hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton and a great cast of regulars and guests. All Songs Considered is available online at NPR and also as a podcast and via iTunes, and also has a Twitter feed and a great blog.
A spin-off, NPR’s “Song of the Day” treats you to something new and different, and usually terrific, as you might guess every day. Today is a new song by Laura Gibson, with Ethan Rose, that put me in mind of björk at times, particularly in the dense, but also ethereal soundscape, but also in Gibson’s singing. Check it out…
Laura Gibson And Ethan Rose: Ethereal And Unpredictable: “Don’t let Laura Gibson’s quiet voice fool you: A soothing lozenge in human form, she may sing sheepishly, but she’s an inventive and commanding presence. As her career progresses, Gibson has reached well beyond singer-songwriter conventions. Her 2009 album Beasts of Seasons, for example, finds her exploring issues of death and rebirth amid hypnotically beautiful and affecting arrangements. And now, on Bridge Carols, she teams up with experimental musician Ethan Rose to craft a series of artily nonlinear, spliced-together songs and fragments.
Here’s a couple of other songs by Laura Gibson that are equally lovely but perhaps more typical of her work, which is generally folksier than what you hear on “Younger”: