Laura Gibson: Muted Beauty In The 'Shadows'
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Laura Gibson is as far from flashy as singer-songwriters get: Where most project their voices to grab an audience's attention, Gibson seems to sing inward, directing her words into her own lungs for safe keeping. Given the singer's unassuming persona, Gibson's new Beasts of Seasons is a revelation, as sonically rich as it is characteristically quiet.
Split into "Funeral Songs" and "Communion Songs," the album blends darkness and light, maintaining an emphasis on the former. Beasts of Seasons opens, funereally enough, with the seven-and-a-half minute epic "Shadows on Parade," but this is no mere dirge. Opening amid feedback squalls, the song quickly offsets the dissonance with harp-like strums on an acoustic guitar, setting the tone for a somber, dreamlike journey that drifts along gently while retaining its muted beauty.
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