House In the Weeds by Lori Carson on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lori Carson moved from NYC to the bucolic environs of Long Island’s North Fork to immerse herself in an artistic notion that within the slowing rhythms of nature she could find the soothing balm to her often-chaotic emotional needs. Her solo career — she has also performed with the Golden Palominos — has been an unflinching analysis of her personal and romantic life, and with House In the Weeds she cuts past nearly every artistic artifice to deliver the truth as it ever changes before her eyes. Happiness is temporary, restlessness is permanent. These are home demos, recorded with little finesse, proud of their imperfections and enriched by their unvarnished character. Just as the title suggests these are songs that engage emotions often left unattended. “Part Missing,” “Wonderful Too,” “Your Side” all whisper in quiet desperation, longing to connect with the outer world, but suspicious as to what awaits. Carson layers her vocals in dreamy harmony and steps quietly, clearly belonging in the line of company of other heralded songwriters from Tori Amos to Elliot Smith.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lori Carson moved from NYC to the bucolic environs of Long Island’s North Fork to immerse herself in an artistic notion that within the slowing rhythms of nature she could find the soothing balm to her often-chaotic emotional needs. Her solo career — she has also performed with the Golden Palominos — has been an unflinching analysis of her personal and romantic life, and with House In the Weeds she cuts past nearly every artistic artifice to deliver the truth as it ever changes before her eyes. Happiness is temporary, restlessness is permanent. These are home demos, recorded with little finesse, proud of their imperfections and enriched by their unvarnished character. Just as the title suggests these are songs that engage emotions often left unattended. “Part Missing,” “Wonderful Too,” “Your Side” all whisper in quiet desperation, longing to connect with the outer world, but suspicious as to what awaits. Carson layers her vocals in dreamy harmony and steps quietly, clearly belonging in the line of company of other heralded songwriters from Tori Amos to Elliot Smith.

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About Lori Carson

Although Lori Carson's name may not automatically come to mind when discussing the best singer-songwriters of the late '90s, it doesn't mean that she isn't deserving of such accolades. Although she has received much critical acclaim and acquired many fans along the way, her talents have unfortunately gone unrecognized (hopefully this will soon change in the Lilith Fair-friendly late '90s). Beginning with her debut in 1990, Shelter, Carson was predicted to be a major recording force by the likes of Time and Rolling Stone. But instead of following the path laid down by her debut, which she wasn't entirely happy with, she put her solo career on hold and joined friend Anton Fier in the Golden Palominos. Appearing on two of their albums, 1993's This Is How It Feels and 1994's Pure, Lori turned out to be an important addition and integral member of the band.

Returning to solo work in 1995, she released her gentle sophomore effort, Where It Goes, on Restless Records, with Fier handling production chores. Again she received praise from Rolling Stone, as well as Entertainment Weekly, Details, and other publications. It was also during 1995 that Lori began getting involved in composing for movies, as she co-wrote "Fall In the Light" for the motion picture Strange Days with writer Graeme Revell, and contributed "You Won't Fall" (from Where It Goes) to the movie Stealing Beauty. Her most stripped-down album yet, Everything I Touch Runs Wild, was released in 1997, again to rave reviews, as Carson spent the rest of the year touring the world. Stars followed in 1999 and In 2001 she released House In The Weeds. Stolen Beauty appeared in 2003 ad received glowing reviews. The Finest Thing was relewased in mid 2004; it showcases a change in direction as Carson, for all her gifts as a songwriter, chose to use them in order create not a series of songs, but, as she terms them, "meditations." The entire recordng, is, in a sense, a guided meditation. ~ Greg Prato and Thom Jurek

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