Deer Creek Canyon (Bonus Track Version) by Sera Cahoone on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriters consistently find ways to employ the same old chords and instrumentation and turn them into something new. Seattle-based Sera Cahoone knows exactly what she's doing. She doesn't attempt to do too much; nor does she get too smart or too cute. She writes songs that flow naturally, with narratives that reveal themselves at an unhurried pace and with choruses that hang on a few key phrases and snatches of melody that firmly implant themselves in the brain. "Naked" is a tour de force, a tune that takes an uncluttered arrangement—some nice banjo tucked into the small band—and breaks it into a third dimension with a chorus that curls upward. "Nervous Wreck" kicks the banjo into a traditional country role, while "Every Little Word" uses the five-string bandit to add to the tune's power pop appeal. "And Still We Move" uses a pedal steel to underpin the loneliness. "Rumpshaker" gets by on the strength of the acoustic guitar, harmonica, and, of course, Cahoone's humble and stirring voice. The album's bonus track version includes the stripped-down "Dog Song."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriters consistently find ways to employ the same old chords and instrumentation and turn them into something new. Seattle-based Sera Cahoone knows exactly what she's doing. She doesn't attempt to do too much; nor does she get too smart or too cute. She writes songs that flow naturally, with narratives that reveal themselves at an unhurried pace and with choruses that hang on a few key phrases and snatches of melody that firmly implant themselves in the brain. "Naked" is a tour de force, a tune that takes an uncluttered arrangement—some nice banjo tucked into the small band—and breaks it into a third dimension with a chorus that curls upward. "Nervous Wreck" kicks the banjo into a traditional country role, while "Every Little Word" uses the five-string bandit to add to the tune's power pop appeal. "And Still We Move" uses a pedal steel to underpin the loneliness. "Rumpshaker" gets by on the strength of the acoustic guitar, harmonica, and, of course, Cahoone's humble and stirring voice. The album's bonus track version includes the stripped-down "Dog Song."

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About Sera Cahoone

In the vein of such inviting indie folk crooners as Iron & Wine, Laura Veirs, and the seemingly hundreds of folks attempting to be the next Elliott Smith without the unpleasant end, Sera Cahoone's self-described goal in her official press kit is to be seen as "a musical love child of Buck Owens and Cat Power." Raised in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, Cahoone began playing drums at the age of 11 and spent her teenage years in a succession of local bands, often in the company of Roger Green (later of the Czars) and future fellow indie folk singer/songwriter Patrick Park. Landing in the Pacific Northwest upon leaving school, Cahoone joined the artsy indie rock outfit Carissa's Wierd, despite their egregiously misspelled name. The group developed a cult following over the course of several increasingly baroque and accomplished records, but split up in 2003 when leader Jenn Ghetto left to concentrate on her solo project S. While occasionally playing drums with another Carissa's Wierd offshoot, Band of Horses, Cahoone wrote and recorded her self-titled solo debut in 2005. Originally self-released but eventually distributed by Sub Pop Records, Sera Cahoone garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim and paved the way for 2008's follow-up record, Only as the Day Is Long, released on Sub Pop. The album led to positive reviews and her second Sub Pop collection, Deer Creek Canyon. For 2017's From Where I Started, Cahoone moved from Sub Pop to Lady Muleskinner Records. ~ Stewart Mason

  • ORIGIN
    Denver, CO
  • BORN
    1975

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