Sounds Like: A hazy soundtrack to an existential Seventies western
For Fans of: Kate Wolf, Bill Frisell, Bruce Langhorne's music for Peter Fonda's The Hired Hand
Why You Should Pay Attention: The deft and vigilant way Portland-based guitarist Marisa Anderson has with a six-string garnered her some old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Anderson's ingested both the country blues and bluegrass lexicon in such a way so as to voice something new. Her recent Into the Light is her most satisfying solo album to date, finding new timbres in pedal steel, piano and Wurlitzer, weaving a mesmerizing spell with only her fingers.
She Says: "From age 19 to age 29, I lived with no fixed address, hitchhiking, living in tents, school buses, whatever. It made me really open to experience, in terms of being in a new place all the time, meeting every kind of person. It made me self-reliant…. For Into the Light, there was a narrative coming up for me, based on time I spent in the desert and about politics and what's going on in the world. The word 'alien' got in my head, as in an alien that comes from space and someone who's not from where you are."
Hear for Yourself: Into the Light's title track is a shimmering noir instrumental. ANDY BETA