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Bright and Vivid

Kathryn Calder

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

Bright and Vivid is both the title of and an accurate description of the second solo release by Kathryn Calder of Immaculate Machine and The New Pornographers. As a whole, these 10 tracks form a vibrant, complex tapestry. Zoom in and you’ll hear snippets of xylophone, softly strummed acoustic guitar, distorted electric licks, far-off-sounding cymbal crashes, staccato strings, and too many lush electronic moments to count. Despite the various textures and directions, the songs rarely get too dense; credit is due her recording engineer (and husband) Colin Stewart for walking this thin sonic line. Also credit Calder’s endearing voice, which breathes in life when the multiple layers of sound threaten to smother the melody. The synth-pop numbers “Who Are You?” and “Walking in My Sleep” are most immediately catchy, but each track proves rewarding for listeners willing to follow along.

Customer Reviews

A lovely and original album

This is a really intriguing album. It draws you in immediately with a mix of sounds and tones and Calder's voice, which blends seamlessly with the music. The overall vibe reminds me of Feist and Laura Veirs, with maybe a little bit of Sarah Harmer thrown in. What a great find!


This album is effortlessly divine. Kathryn's vocal's sweep in and out of ambience, right into catchy pop. They are sweet, honest, just beautiful songs. I can't stop listening to this album!


I love it. I've been listening to Kathryn since immaculate machine. She has such a beautiful voice. I like this better than her debut album. Can't wait for the next.


Born: Victoria, British Columbia, Canad

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Canadian singer/songwriter Kathryn Calder already had two EPs and four albums under her belt with Victoria-based indie rockers Immaculate Machine before expanding her public persona as a New Pornographer. When she was a teenager, Calder discovered that New Pornographers frontman Carl Newman was her long-lost uncle. (Her mother, who was adopted, discovered that her birth mother was also Newman's mother.) Called into the fold on a whim to fill in for co-vocalist...
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