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Brenda Weiler


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

contemporary folk/ alternative pop with occasional country and rock touches

Status:

Most recent release, End the Rain (2007)

See also:

Brenda Weiler's site

Virt Records' Brenda Weiler site

Comparisons:

Something in her voice reminds me a lot of Karen Peris of Innocence Mission, and her sound is reminiscent of their current sound. (Neile)

Covers/own material:

Own; occasional covers

General comments:

Brenda Weiler sings stripped-down altfolk songs with a certain clairty of vocal style and songwriting that reminds me a lot of The Innocence Mission's current sound. She has a knack for strong songwriting, interesting sound-crafting, subtle and carefully placed electronic touches, and a poignant tone that makes her rise above the herd of folk-flavoured singer-songwriters out there. And she can rock, too. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Cold Weather is the first we've heard

Recordings:

  • Trickle Down (1998)
  • Crazy Happy (1999)
  • Fly Me Back (2000)
  • Brenda Weiler: Live (2001)
  • Cold Weather (2003)
  • End the Rain (2007)

Cold Weather

Release info:

2003—Virt Records—VRT1005

Availability:

See Virt Record's site for info about availability

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Brenda Weiler—vocals, acoustic guitar, bells

Guest artists:

Darren Jackson—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Rhodes, vocals
John Hermanson—acoustic guitar, Rhodes, theramin, organ, violin, piano, vocals
Eric Fawcett—drums, percussion
Erik Appelwick—bass, lapsteel guitar
Alex Oana—mini-synth

Produced by:

Darren Jackson, John Hermanson, Alex Oana, and Brenda Weiler

Comments:

This a heartbreaker of an album that immediately stands out from the crowd because each song has a distinguishing hook. Brenda Weiler's voice doesn't have a huge range, but she sings with such delicate heart that I can't help but be drawn into the songs. From the very first track, "Faucet", I feel grabbed by this collection and pulled right in. "Faucet" and "Trouble" show just how haunting she can be (very). "Scatter" rocks nicely, with a guitar riff that reminds me a little of Kurt Cobain. So does "California", which also features some lovely harmonies. Occasionally the songs get a little country-flavoured for my tastes, but I'm sure that's a personal thing that will be a strength for other listeners. Overall, a highly enjoyable album. (Neile)

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