Carolyn Edwards

Carolyn Edwards

by Carolyn Edwards
     
 
With past group associations that include the Negro Problem and 3D Picnic, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Carolyn Edwards is a member in good standing of the school of nouveau L.A. art pop, a movement that has as its local gods Brian Wilson and Jimmy Webb (with Burt Bacharach as

Overview

With past group associations that include the Negro Problem and 3D Picnic, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Carolyn Edwards is a member in good standing of the school of nouveau L.A. art pop, a movement that has as its local gods Brian Wilson and Jimmy Webb (with Burt Bacharach as patron saint). On her self-titled debut solo album, Edwards turns in a set of sophisticated, keyboard-based tunes that draw upon elements of everything from sunshine pop ("Shrink," the instrumental bed of which could be a track for a song by the Association) to soundtracks for Western movies ("Monica," "Lazy"). She writes long-lined melodies to support her run-along, sometimes unrhymed lyrics, which wryly comment on romantic matters, and sings those words in an attractive and precise if slightly uninvolved voice that suggests what the Jimmy Webb songbook would sound like as performed by Liz Phair. This becalmed manner is all the more striking in contrast to some of the more emotionally troubled songs, such as "The Argument," which begins with the observation, "He slammed his fist down on the dashboard/And bled all over my car," and goes on from there. "My voice rose to a scream," Edwards sings evenly. "It was not a beautiful experience for me." "Wrestling Match," despite the title, describes something closer to a beautiful interpersonal experience, but the singer still doesn't seem to be stirred by the memory of it. Rather, the whole point is that these feelings and memories are being transformed into pop artifacts to be examined from a remote perspective, as if they'd been experienced by someone else. Edwards seems to take seriously Wordsworth's dictum that "All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes it origin from emotion recollected in tranquility." And when a 2006 album sounds like it could have been made in 1967, such emotional distance only seems appropriate.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
True Classical
UPC:
0614511733229

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Performance Credits

Carolyn Edwards   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Toy Piano
Kristian Hoffman   Hammond Organ
Paul Lacques   Lap Steel Guitar
Nick Walusko   Bass,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Marxophone
Heidi Rodewald   Vocal Harmony
Steve Stanley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Timpani,Vibes,Shaker,sleigh bells
Heather Lockie   Viola
Probyn Gregory   Banjo,Brass
Michael Whitmore   Vibes
Marc Doten   Bass,Hand Clapping
Nelson Bragg   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Andy Sykora   Drums
Dallas Don Burnet   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Stanley   Producer,Engineer,Art Direction,Brass Arrangment
Heather Lockie   String Arrangements
Probyn Gregory   Brass Arrangment
Carolyn Edwards   Composer,Producer

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