Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Ethereal, jazz, eclectic/evocative, alternative pop; goner has a more folk than jazz flavour.
Most recent release, Gracie and the Atom (2008)
Goner only: Bic Runga, Lisa Loeb, Zoe Lewis, Frente, The Sundays.
Own and co-written
(1994) I have been playing and playing this CD shortie (6 songs) by a local Portland, Oregon, artist named simply McKinley and trying to figure out what to say to encourage people to seek her out. I am at a loss! I can't compare her to anyone in particular; the sound of one or two tracks could be considered jazzish, maybe an artist can be pigeonholed by the instrument they play—in McKinley's case, it's acoustic bass. What can I say? She's interesting, she's unique. Give a listen.
Recommended first album:
Big Top Shop Talk if you like jazzy pop stylings; goner if you're a soft folky pop fan
1994—Agent Gracie Records, mfd/dist by Vortex Entertainment, PO Box 48632, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Almost impossible outside the Pacific NW of the U.S.
Recommended if you like soft jazzish pop
Big Top Shop Talk
Wide on release; now available from CDBaby
I bought this because it was discussed on the ecto mailing list and even better than I had hoped for! Check her out! (Riphug@aol.com)
See website for availability
McKinley—vocals, some acoustic guitar
Tracy Kim—most of the guitar
This album is a charming surprise, lovely off-kilter melancholy pop with gentle acoustic-centred arrangements. The album is thematic—in most of the songs she leaves, others leave her, or she becomes less and less herself. McKinley's voice is full of character, bright and somewhat girlish, with a strong American accent; it reminds me of a disenchanted Frente, or Zoe Lewis without the giddy humour.
Thanks to Michael Pearce and Karen Hester for work on this entry.
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