Jaia Suri | Fire in the Archives

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Fire in the Archives

by Jaia Suri

Naked, dreamy, haunting and fully felt songs read like hard to leave chapters through Suri's most sparsely arranged third recording.
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Sober
4:03 $0.99
2. The Wind in Massachusetts
4:06 $0.99
3. Heart Well Gave
3:26 $0.99
4. 5 Cents More
3:24 $0.99
5. Train Wreck Harmony
5:35 $0.99
6. The Jersey Shake-off
2:55 $0.99
7. Train Rolls
3:15 $0.99
8. Grow You a Mango Tree
3:46 $0.99
9. He Won't Dance
3:23 $0.99
10. Confusion Mountain Range
3:01 $0.99
11. Going Home
3:43 $0.99
12. What Joy I Can
3:58 $0.99
13. Farmer Man
4:27 $0.99
14. Out the Call
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fire in the Archives: This CD is full of raw, dreamy, naked songs. Most of these songs were written on Suri's most recent journey across the US in her recycled vegetable oil burning diesel truck. They are filled with the spirit of adventure, both catastrophic and truly wonderful.

If you like poetry that winds around gracefully, like a new way home that takes you someplace unanticipated, this is your CD. If you like playful, experimental strings and strong, rich, soulful vocals, then this is your cd. If you like recordings that sound great, but aren't full of unnecessary musical clutter and production, then this is your cd.

"I learned to sing and play guitar in adolescence
because the days and the nights wanted me to extend
them past school work, past friends, past lovers,
past reason, past the four walls of the room, past
any tangible evidence of boredom. I learned to play
banjo years later because they're just so cool!"



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Pierce Foxe

concerned about the path of destiny - personal and global. Our common yearnings,
Jaia Suri thinks outside the box. I'm not aware of anyone else who's thought to
use a slide on a banjo. She makes up tunings. She makes good use of those
little drum flourishes, on the body of the instrument. And she is quite astute
in using the occasional well placed dissonance. Jaia's playing is very
deliberate, yet possesses a rolling, leisurely quality that puts me in mind of
strolling an empty beach at dawn.

Then there's her voice. Years of dance training seem to have been conveyed to
her larynx. Her voice capers, like a swallow in flight, rising and whirling,
and, once or twice, dropping to a soft growl. There are plaintive voicings,
pained voicings, ironic voicings, and overall a reflective voice, concerned
about the path of destiny - personal and global. Our common yearnings, losses,
and struggles toward personal freedom are articulated in her poetry. And her
voice feels and loves her words.

"Fire in the Archives" is Jaia's testimony of personal loss in the songs, "So
Sober", "Heart Well Gave" and "Five Cents More." It is her chronicle of the
costs and joys of life on the road in "The Wind in Massachusetts" and "Train
Wreck Harmonies." Other themes include personal destiny, sexual harrassment in
the workplace, homecoming, and the tension between independence and
interdependence in relationships.

"Fire in the Archives" is a well crafted, independent release, containing
fourteen original songs, which disclose a contemporary, acoustic
singer/songwriter who marches to the beat of a different drummer...often as
not - herself.