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In some cases Gibson plays and sings just about everything, but for the tunes where she doesn't she enlisted a large cast to help out, including members of Calexico, the Decemberists, and the Dodos; from track to track the songs inhabit one wonderfully idiosyncratic sound world after another. Gibson is credited with guitar, percussion, pump organ, marimba, vibraphone, piano, and bass. "Lion/Lamb" does a kind of bossa nova/exotica blend, "The Rushing Dark" has an ethereal lullaby vibe enhanced by well-deployed lo-fi techniques, "The Fire" gooses a two-beat white-gospel stomp with tack piano, and "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed" gets a sweet melancholy partly from gorgeous clarinet and French horn lines. Below you can check out the equally beguiling title track.
Laura Gibson, "La Grande"
photo: Parker Fitzgerald
Sherman Irby Quartet, Live at the Otto Club (Black Warrior)
Maisa, Canção do Amor Mais Triste (Som Livre)
Roy Harper, Flat Baroque and Berserk (Science Friction)
Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopiques 26: Mahmoud Ahmed & Imperial Bodyguard Band 1972-74 (Buda)
Jan Johansson, 8 Bitar Johansson/Innertrio (Heptagon)