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Album Review

Just as Lois has divided much of her time between Olympia, WA, and Washington D.C., the spare folk-pop on this 1993 release fits neatly between the '90s music of Northwest bands like the Spinanes (Rebecca Gates is a former collaborator) and Northeast bands like Jenny Toomey's Tsunami. Lois' commitment to the DYI aesthetic is another connection she shares with the two camps. A worthy follow-up to the Stuart Moxham-produced Butterfly Kiss, Strumpet features a strong collection of economical (read: short, to the point), melancholy-tinged tracks. K Records' Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System) is credited with the lo-fi production. The set concludes with a touching a cappella rendition of "The Way I Feel Inside" by Rod Argent (The Zombies, Argent). "Evening in Paris," which opens the set, and "The Trouble With Me" ("The trouble with me/is that I'm trouble") represent Lois at her clever and enchanting best. ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy, Rovi

Customer Reviews


magnificent minimalism. just a girl and her soul bare. mistakes and all. I
have Lois in vinyl and it's magnificent. recommend for all those who love simple music that evokes heartache and simple raw emotion.

Electric Lois

Great outing with the electric guitar from our acoustic heartbreaker. Heartfelt indy rock from a master of the art.


Formed: 1992 in Olympia, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Lois Maffeo long reigned as one of the most respected voices in American indie pop -- a key proponent of the Pacific Northwest's love rock scene, her spare, lo-fi sound and steadfast adherence to an underground ethos blazed a trail for the countless female acts to emerge in her wake. A native of Phoenix, AZ, Maffeo began attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, in 1981, initially becoming a fixture of the city's thriving music scene as a result of her grrrl-centric radio...
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