Amy LaVere - Painting Blue (2019)

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Amy LaVere - Painting Blue (2019)

Amy LaVere - Painting Blue (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 233 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 92 Mb | Scans included | 00:38:39
Folk, Americana, Country Rock, Female Vocal | Label: Nine Mile Records

Memphis-based artist Amy LaVere is releasing her new album Painting Blue and The Big Takeover is excited to be hosting the U.S. premiere in full today. Painting Blue comes out August 16th via Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany).

There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your heart. She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” LaVere’s growing catalog of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits.

LaVere’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery that are constants. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Memphis’ famed dive bar Earnestine and Hazel’s. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, this future bard moved continuously throughout childhood due to her father’s job. She spent notable parts of her life in Canada, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. Outside of Detroit and only just entering high school, LaVere formed her first band and began writing and performing. Music fans first discovered this “sweet soprano” on This World is Not My Home in 2005, but it was her *Jim Dickinson*-produced breakout album Anchors & Anvils two years later that put Amy LaVere on the map.

Stranger Me, the 2011 release on Archer Records, was called “the break-up album of the year” by Spin. Paste said it was “among the year’s best,” and it earned a first listen feature from NPR’s All Things Considered. She followed it in 2014 with another critical smash: Runaway’s Diary, a concept album based on her own experience as a teenage runaway, produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). American Songwriter called it “boundary pushing… heartfelt, reflective, challenging and consistently compelling.” NPR Music’s Robert Christgau said it was her best yet. Of Hallelujah I’m A Dreamer (Archer Records, 2015) No Depression said simply: “pure bliss.”

Painting Blue, which was produced by her husband Will Sexton, captures perfectly the moment that LaVere is in. Sexton’s masterful production and LaVere’s soft, clarinet-like vocals pour over you, pushing and pulling, stirring and calming. As we’ve come to expect, this record is honest, revealing, and sounds uniquely like no one else.

Lead single “No Battle Hymn” is an instrumentally fast-paced, yet vocally reflective piano-popper. Touches of warm horns and wavering organ notes grace the laid-back, shuffling “You’re Not in Memphis.”

When LaVere murmurs softly, “This heart of mine is a wreck / and it scares me half to death.” on melancholic folk-pop number “Love I’ve Missed”, you believe her and are sad that it’s so.

LaVere delivers a spare, but involving cover of the classic “Shipbuilding”, adding accordion inflection and subdued male harmonies on the chorus sections. Upbeat album-ender “Painting Blue (on Everything)” struts with a pronounced drum beat, and swoons with bittersweet violin strings.
1. I Don't Wanna Know (04:33)
2. No Battle Hymn (05:16)
3. Girlfriends (04:52)
4. Not in Memphis (04:29)
5. Love I've Missed (04:37)
6. No Room for Baby (04:21)
7. Stick Horse (03:34)
8. Shipbuilding (02:53)
9. Painting Blue (On Everything) (04:02)

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