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Roots Soul Songstress
- Friday, Nov 13, 2015
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About Frazey Ford
Whether it was her family’s emigration to Canada in the 1970s (where she was born) or exploring Asia with her mother and sister in the ’80s, Frazey Ford is a soul well traveled. Best known throughout the last 10 years as a member of the critically acclaimed Vancouver trio The Be Good Tanyas, Ford is now ready to tell her own story. Her solo career comprises a collection of songs hand-carved by the hardships and exaltations of life, and stained with the rich colors of soul and folk music that fueled artists like Joni Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Neil Young, and Donny Hathaway.
Shedding the alt-folk tendencies of the Tanyas and of her first solo record, Ford emerges as a rootsy electric soul artist, taking more cues from Fiona Apple than Gillian Welch, on her latest, 2014’s Indian Ocean. Intent on capturing the essence of soul music, she recorded Indian Ocean at Memphis’ Hi Studios with Al Green’s Hi Rhythm section. A true storyteller with a voice that defies comparison, Ford’s greatest talent is her ability to inhabit completely the mind of her song’s protagonists. A Frazey Ford show plays out like a fireside conversation with an old friend, rich with stories about love, loss and life that unravel at their own colorful pace. The gospel influence of Al Green and the soulful testifying of Otis Redding bleed through, while Ford’s voice, sweet and smoky like blackstrap molasses, pours out slow with a mix of new soul and blues.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“It’s hard to think of another singer who suggests Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Feist. She phrases intuitively, waiting on a word and then drawing it out” – New York Times
“Ford tiptoes between soft jazz, smoky soul, and austere country” – Pitchfork
“soulful set of R&B-kissed country-pop confections… sad, sweet, and warm as an August afternoon” – All Music
LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
LOTT has been likened to a modern day torch singer of indie music – both in her lyrical themes and vocal styling. She has been greatly influenced by Patsy Cline’s catalogue of songs about unrequited love and heartbreak.
The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music.
LOTT was awarded “Best Acoustic Performer” in City Pages Best Of the Twin Cities 2015. “…With a looping pedal hooked up to her instrument, Ottman layers intricate melodies that combine classical beauty with an adventurous ear for contemporary experimentation not unlike Andrew Bird. Her voice, loaded with attitude and a penchant for flowing leaps, sweetens the deal…”