Ember Schrag: “The Sewing Room”

2012 — Tags: — Chuck @ 06/2/12 5:47 PM

If you must buy only one album this year that has both mandolin and atonal homemade instruments made out of odd pieces of metal on it, make it this one. If you caught the Jephthah’s Daughter four-song CD-R on Eh? you knew that Ember was headed in an ever richer, more distinctive direction to embrace her unique qualities as an artist and personality, and The Sewing Room feels like the fully realized arrival of an honest and very real artistic vision from this enigmatic, hard-working folk singer-songwriter playing sultry, bucolic cowgirl-swing-meets-chanteuse songs informed by peculiar life experiences and a unique mystical take on obscure corners of the Bible. Longtime drummer Gary Foster and an all-star cast of friends turn in top-notch, tastefully restrained performances lending color and shading while keeping Ember’s enviable vocal and acoustic guitar skills and evocative songs firmly in focus. Release date is set for the end of this month or the start of July perhaps, and can be picked up from Single Girl Married Girl, or pre-order the 100-copy special edition in handmade art booklets right now (reports are they’re going fast) from Edible Onion. (Disclaimer: we’re friendly and I’ve played some bass for her a couple times. Hell, a lot of artists I write about here are folks I know.)

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