Mary Brett Lorson | Themes from Whatever

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Themes from Whatever

by Mary Brett Lorson

Composer, songwriter, and performance artist Mary Brett Lorson (Madder Rose, Saint Low, The Soubrettes) shows her pan-genre wingspan on this, her 11th full-length album.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ender
3:51 $0.99
2. He Had a Way
3:26 $0.99
3. The King of All Tricks
4:15 $0.99
4. Theme from Whatever
5:02 $0.99
5. Ding (Our Time Is Up)
4:14 $0.99
6. Les Nuages Bloquent Le Soleil
1:45 $0.99
7. Daddy, We Hardly Knew Ye
4:08 $0.99
8. Friend in Nashville
2:47 $0.99
9. Time Is on My Side
3:05 $0.99
10. Brothers and Sisters
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Lorson’s words sketch characters and situations in enigmatic glances and flashes of candor, while her graceful melodies promise more consolation than the words they carry.” Jon Pareles, The New York Times

“Music and words play together so nicely,” said Mary Lorson to the New York Times Magazine in a 2015 piece on musicians who write. She’s been actively exercising this idea for years. Last year she brought her musical memoir "Signals" to small theaters and cinemas in New York and Los Angeles. A collection of pieces ranging in length from one minute to twelve, swinging in tone from nursery rhyme to cocktail jazz to rock anthem, "Signals" is an eclectic portrait of one chaotic American family.

While developing "Signals," other songs kept coming along too, and those, along with four selections from the musical, appear on Lorson's current and 11th outing, "Themes From Whatever."

"Themes From Whatever" delivers on Lorson's usual pan-genre wingspan. From the bedside alt-emo of "Time Is On My Side," the wistful chamber pop of "The King of All Tricks," the anthemic alt-rock in "Brothers and Sisters," and the noir set-piece of "He Had A Way," Lorson gets to work out her songwriting inspirations, in-filling the music with observational content that's both personal and social.

Since her time as lead singer of the 90’s rock band Madder Rose, Mary Lorson has steered the artrock group Saint Low, released project albums, toured as a backup singer, accompanied poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and nonfiction authors Andrew Erdman and Bill Thomas, scored films including (with Billy Coté) HBO’s documentary What Remains, earned commissions from Cornell University, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, David Greenberger, Nicholas Nicastro, Esopus. Her songs and voice have appeared in over 20 films and television shows. She has been a radio host on WRFI-FM and recipient of numerous grants from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. She created the original score for the documentary "Re:Thinking" in 2017. Several of her songs are found in the current Amazon series "The New F-Word."

Current work circulating in Lorson's musical orbit includes: the short film "Rolling Thunder," a collaboration with Eszter Balint, a podcast for the economics journal "Dollars & Sense," and new music with Billy Coté. Lorson will be touring the U.S. throughout 2018.



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