Laura Gibson

Early Show

Laura Gibson

Alexa Wilding

Mon, January 30, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Laura Gibson - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Laura Gibson
On January 24, Barsuk Records will release La Grande, the 3rd album by native Oregonian songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson. La Grande is a town just east of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon, a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.” It’s an album about strength and confidence – about the tension between wildness and domesticity and the courage required to embark upon either path, about asserting one’s will rather than submitting. Joining Gibson on the album are musicians including Joey Burns of Calexico and members of The Dodos and The Decemberists. Gibson's previous album, Beasts of Seasons, was highly praised:
"One of the year's most breathtaking albums. Beasts of Seasons is nothing short of a masterpiece." NPR National Public Radio
"Both quietly devastating and life affirming." **** 4 stars MOJO
“A new soundtrack for your next long hike through the enchanted forest." Rolling Stone
"Gibson treats syllables with the same patience and loving precision a mosaic maker might put into cutting and arranging his / her tiles…rewards repeat listens.” Pitchfork
Alexa Wilding - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Alexa Wilding
New York songbird Alexa Wilding just wrapped Coral Dust, the follow-up to her 2009 self-titled debut. Produced by Tim Foljahn (who has collaborated with Cat Power, Thurston Moore, the late Townes Van Zandt), mixed by Television's Fred Smith, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Regina Spektor, Joan as Policewoman) the album's lush and atmospheric expanse is an electrifying progression from Wilding's dark acoustic noir. As Foljahn puts it, "The first record is a sweet, dirty delight in sparky darkness. The new one is a whole other thing: vistas of space dust and crystal cliffs." While the songs are still rooted in Wilding and Foljahn's intricate call-and-response guitar play, room has been made for deep sea bells, airy synths, and mischievous percussion, courtesy of Brooklyn drummer, Brian Kantor (Higgins, Vetiver). Wilding reigns over these dreamy equations with warm, layered vocals, weaving her tales with self-possession. "Coral Dust is my Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, " she laughs, "it's deep sea diving for the faint of heart."

After the self-release of her eponymous first album, featuring the fan favorite single, "Black Diamond Day," Wilding was named "one of music's hippest chicks" (NY Post) alongside Florence and the Machine and Juliette Lewis, and as one to watch in Nylon, Page Six, Dossier, Daily Candy, and Time Out amongst others. Her music was brought to a national level last summer when she joined gal pals, Au Revoir Simone, on a US tour (to rave reviews), and overseas with her collaborations with Scandinavian fashion label, IVANAhelsinki. Wilding began her career singing and playing synths with Int'l Shades, the art-psych rock project of ex-Pussy Gallore/Sonic Youth drummer, Bob Bert, and Live Skull's Mark C, opening for indie heavy-weights such as Mudhoney, Genesis P'Orridge and Kid Congo.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com