Sarah Siskind | Studio . Living Room

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Studio . Living Room

by Sarah Siskind

"Here's how we know Sarah Siskind is an honest-to-goodness folk artist and not some new-school alt-country or Americana ingénue: Her music isn't defined by a certain structure or limited to one kind of sound."
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lovin's for Fools
4:12 $0.99
2. On and On
3:53 $0.99
3. Don't Put Your Horse Away
4:11 $0.99
4. Lessons
4:55 $0.99
5. This Is My Face
5:53 $0.99
6. Fool From the Start
5:02 $0.99
7. Simple Love
3:26 $0.99
8. Daddy
3:24 $0.99
9. I Do
4:00 $0.99
10. I Am Listening
3:13 $0.99
11. Building A Road
5:10 $0.99
12. How Do I Let It All Go
3:04 $0.99
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Album Notes

"It only happens once in a while. A singer just hits you right in your heart, and you start breathing more shallowly. And you notice that you're holding on, and then you have to let go. And then it's all over but the crying.
This woman just kills me. She's got an awesome heart. And you meet people in life that do, and it's always transforming. But when some of those people have a voice that can channel that quality with such power and beauty, it's truly mesmerizing.

This very limited, hand-made (one at a time) recording is precious to me. One disc is Studio, the other is Living Room. Even Studio is very sparse, very live, incredibly intimate. It was produced by Fognode, a highly regarded undergrounder of Nashville, who also played drums, pedal steel and percussion. The Flecktones' Jeff Coffin contributes stellar moments of saxophone, flute and chimes. Dave Dawson plays synth and percussion. The archetypal artist (to me, she's like a character out of The Mists Of Avalon) plays guitar and piano and sings like she's at the Lord's right hand.

She is rare in other ways. The child of musicians, she was already writing songs at 11, and cut her first record at 14. (And if you know anyone who made a record at 14 with a title even remotely like Horizon Cries, we're keen to hear about them.) Sarah has her musical tentacles into various genres, but she has strong bluegrass roots. In fact, the first song on Living Room, "Simple Love," was cut by Alison Krauss and released on her recent CD, A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection.

Witness the power of the artist evidenced by the fact that the Living Room disc actually overpowers the embellished companion disc in its sheer presence. This woman is huge; she's a superstar. She's getting ready to record a new disc as this review is being written, and that will be a true event. And yet, she told me at a recent bluegrass show with her great side group Old Black Kettle (featuring powerhouse vocalists Julie Lee and Jodi Haynes, the daughter of Connie Smith) that she doesn't know if she is suited to or looking for the limelight. As far as we're concerned, she'd have to run in the opposite direction to avoid it at this point.
Get this incredible handmade disc. And buy her first one, Covered (it featured Bill Frisell; see the Puremusic review of Covered here). One of the greatest under the radar talents we've ever encountered." • Frank Goodman,



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Je Suis Barry

Like Paul said
I also heard the 'Lovin's for Fools' cover at a Bon Iver concert. An amazing song, which made me curious for other material. I'd have to say that this is an excellent album / double e.p. with a consistency in songs that are all very intense and beautiful in their simplicity. ‘Lovin’s for Fools’ is definitely not the only good song on this album. Communication & delivery from CD Baby were also very good!

Paul Calvert

One to watch out for!
I heard about this girl on the back of hearing a Bon Iver and Anais Mitchell performance where they covered her song 'Lovin's for fools'. It made me want to find out more about her music, and i can certainly say the result here is a solid effort with much truth and passion.
It seems Nashville has once again produced another major talent!!!