Bluebird by Dawn Landes on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s tempting to hear every song on Dawn Landes’ 2014 album Bluebird as a commentary on her recent divorce from singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, who had used much of his previous album, Beast in Its Tracks, to relay information about their 18-month marriage. But aside from a few songs like “Try to Make a Fire Burn Again” or “Cry No More,” Landes doesn’t seem to dwell too much on the chain of events that led the two musicians to move on. That doesn’t mean there aren’t emotionally powerful moments on Bluebird; its 10 songs flow with a restrained beauty, where even the use of a string section on the lovely “Lullabye for Tony” is hardly grand but deep and rich. Landes (a Louisville, Ky., native) showed great strength and taste on the underrated Fireproof in 2008, and her years engineering other people’s albums have only sharpened her own arrangements. Here, Landes is assisted by producer Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman). From the opening title track to the piano-based finale, “Home,” her songs come together with a sense of precision.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s tempting to hear every song on Dawn Landes’ 2014 album Bluebird as a commentary on her recent divorce from singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, who had used much of his previous album, Beast in Its Tracks, to relay information about their 18-month marriage. But aside from a few songs like “Try to Make a Fire Burn Again” or “Cry No More,” Landes doesn’t seem to dwell too much on the chain of events that led the two musicians to move on. That doesn’t mean there aren’t emotionally powerful moments on Bluebird; its 10 songs flow with a restrained beauty, where even the use of a string section on the lovely “Lullabye for Tony” is hardly grand but deep and rich. Landes (a Louisville, Ky., native) showed great strength and taste on the underrated Fireproof in 2008, and her years engineering other people’s albums have only sharpened her own arrangements. Here, Landes is assisted by producer Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman). From the opening title track to the piano-based finale, “Home,” her songs come together with a sense of precision.

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About Dawn Landes

Bridging the worlds of indie rock, alt-country, and folk, singer/songwriter Dawn Landes has played with a similarly diverse range of artists including Fred Eaglesmith, Amy Rigby, John Gorka, and Rainer Maria. A Louisville, Kentucky, native, Landes moved to New York to attend N.Y.U. and play music. She obtained a weekly spot at the Jack Hardy song exchange and also performed frequently in New York as well as on the campuses of Yale, Sarah Lawrence, Barnard, Columbia, Brown, and course, her own school.

In the late 1990s, Landes trained and became a sound engineer; a trade she plies when she isn't recording her own albums. Her work has appeared on albums by Ryan Adams, Joseph Arthur, Hem, Jolie Holland, and Ruth Moody, to name a few.

In May 2005, Landes released her full-length debut album, Dawn's Music. Two Three Four, a mini album recorded with members of Hem, followed in 2006. She released Fireproof in 2008, in the middle of her courtship with singer/songwriter songwriter Josh Ritter -- they married in 2009. Landes released Sweet Heart Rodeo in 2010. She and Ritter divorced after 18 months. Her next release was the French-language Mal Habillee in 2012. After a year of working on other musicians' projects as both a musician and engineer, she recorded Bluebird, produced by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), which was released in February of 2014. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Louisville, KY
  • BORN
    Dec 5, 1980

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