Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Light of a Vaster Dark (2010)
Mia Doi Todd, Sloan Wainwright, Kathleen Yearwood, Joy Eden Harrison, Iva Bittova in various ways.
Own, some traditional covers
Her voice and style of singing seem strikingly like Mia Doi Todd. Both of them share some of the same range as Sloan Wainwright, but they have a different way with phrasing and a tendency to swoop up to higher registers. I also hear a touch of Kathleen Yearwood, particularly in her sparse, jagged arrangements of traditional songs, though they don't seem to be quite as dramatically reworked. I can also hear a bit of that jazzy slurring that Joy Eden Harrison likes to do. Only on one song did I hear Iva Bittova's vocal acrobatics. (neal)
Recommended first album:
1999—Hans Wendel Productions; reissued as Early Song 2004
Dawn McCarthy—voice, acoustic guitar
Nils Frykdahl—12-string electric guitar, flute, percussion guitar
It seems like I'd call her music Art Folk. It's generally acoustic and sparsely arranged, but seems somewhat mannered. It has a bit more of a rough edge than I tend to think of when I say folk, and titles like "The Muse", "A Lullaby for Konscious", "Ode to Rejection" and "The Crumb that got away" seem to be wondering into more literary territory. I'm notoriously inattentive to lyrics, and without a lyric sheet, it'll be months before the content of the songs sink in. Musically, Dawn has a deep husky voice that occasionally breaks into swoops and yodels. The disk has pretty sparse arrangements, usually with only a couple of instruments complimenting the vocal line. While not instrumentally dense, the music still manages to pull against the vocals, providing an interesting tension. And we even get a lively yodeling finale.
Thanks to Neal Copperman for work on this entry.
DISCLAIMER: Comments and reviews in the Ectophiles' Guide are excerpted from the ecto mailing list or volunteered by members of the list. They are the opinions of music enthusiasts, not professional music critics.
|Entry last updated 2016-06-04 19:42:07.
Please request permission if you wish to
reproduce any of the comments in the
Ectophiles' Guide in any context.
The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music is copyright © 1996-2004 by the editors.
Individual comments are copyright © by their authors.
Web site design and programming copyright © 1998-2004 usrbin design + programming.
All rights reserved.