Semaphore

Semaphore

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by Lisa Mednick
     
 
Perhaps the first thing to catch one's attention on Lisa Mednick's second release is the curious title, Semaphore. The picture of the railroad crossing on the cover, however, provides a clue: a semaphore is "any apparatus for signaling." The elliptical lyrics of the title track identify a universal female figure as a signaler, mystically offering directions

Overview

Perhaps the first thing to catch one's attention on Lisa Mednick's second release is the curious title, Semaphore. The picture of the railroad crossing on the cover, however, provides a clue: a semaphore is "any apparatus for signaling." The elliptical lyrics of the title track identify a universal female figure as a signaler, mystically offering directions that spring from divine sources. "Widow of this World" likewise uses the image of a woman to explore the values of being married in both the literal and figurative sense to a man, a city, and a country. If all of this sounds a bit "heavy," fear not. While Mednick writes careful lyrics with strange words like "anchorite," she doesn't consider herself one of those navel-gazing singer/songwriters. Instead, songwriting is just another aspect of building a musical tapestry. Atmospheric guitars mingle with dreamy keyboards on "Falling off a Wheel" and "No More Rain," while bass and percussion offer a balanced underpinning. The mix also varies frequently, keeping these tunes from falling into a tired groove. Accordion adds pizzazz to the Cajun-drenched "Sad Louisiana Waltz," while the cello/piano combo gives "Dancing in My Cell" a classical air. While Mednick's stylized soprano reminds one more of a pop singer like Natalie Merchant than her Austin-based peers, it is just right for delivering sonically charged pieces like "Wrecker" and "Stranger." Musically and lyrically, Semaphore offers a rich mix of carefully layered Americana.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891800221
catalogNumber:
8002

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lisa Mednick   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano,Vocals
Michael Adams   Hand Clapping
John Hagen   Cello
Deschamps Hood   Fiddle
Stanley Kastner   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Paul Mills   Conga,Shaker
George Reiff   Bass,bass pedals
Allison Young   Vocal Harmony
Ian Bailey   Drums
John Kastner   Vocals
Hector Muñoz   Percussion,Drums,Djembe
Paul Miles   Tambourine
Kevin Carroll   Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Hi String,Vocal Harmony,Fuzz-wah
Ronnie Johnson   Bass
Dana Myzer   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Lisa Mednick   Producer,Cover Photo,Duet
Ron Flynt   Engineer
Peter Holsapple   Duet
Allison Young   Duet
Charles Reeves   Engineer
Dana Myzer   Contributor
Rick DeLellis   Engineer

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Semaphore 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazingly good second album by Lisa Mednick. Rootsy, contemporary, moody and meditative at the same time. Great songs, great vocals and great guitar playing. Very hypnotic grooves and hooks with some intense lyrical subject matter.