Sending Letters To Loved Ones

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I recently watched Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man for the first time and on my way to work yesterday I revisited one of my favourite albums of ’09, CastanetsTexas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts. In an odd way they kind of re-triggered my fascination with folk music. Today I spent the morning scanning Myspace for some sweet new folk songs, eventually ending up at the Bicycle Records website, one of the world’s finest indie record labels.

I was drawn to one artist in particular, Christina Antipa, whose voice reminds me a little bit of Cat Power. Antipa sings above a wash of finely plucked acoustic guitar and an orchestral pattern that derives from her past as a classically trained Oboist, occassionally adding a gentle drum beat or some diced up electronics. Her voice is soft and soothing, speaking to the painfully alone and the wilful romantics whose evanescent glow light up the modern world. It’s hard to fault Antipa as a songwriter, her awareness and knowledge of folk music drives a powerful back catalogue, from her first release in 2003 to her most recent, 2009’s The Royal We. 

She lived in California when her first album was released, relocating to Seattle in 2004. In 2006 she released Everything Starts To Sing, which is described as her “sad-core” album due to it’s depressing, disillusioned content. On The Royal We she opens up again, embracing her romantic side and collaborating with Polka Dot Dot Dot’s Jordan O’Jordan and Shenandoah Davis. Her duet with Jordan O’Jordan is perhaps her most ambitious song. Amid a sea of cooing saw and a tip-toeing Casiotone they weave their voices together, soaking the atmosphere in a rich North-West medicine.

Christina Antipa is in the process of adopting the name Songs For Animals. In a statement on her Myspace page she says, “This way when I play or record in a band with other people, they will be included.” She’s currently touring under both names.

You can purchase Everything Starts To Sing and The Royal We from the Bicycle Records website.

Christina Antipa- Myspace

Posted by Nick Fulton under California, Sacremento, Seattle, U.S.A, Washington
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