15 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eclectic, whimsical, and slightly perverse, Po’ Girl further refines its quirky brand of jazz-tinged folk on Deer in the Night. The Canadian duo—now consisting of singers/songwriters Allison Russell and Awna Texeira—doesn’t mind messing with listeners' expectations by subverting familiar lyric scenarios and tossing in unexpected chords and instrumental colors. A fascination with the darker corners of the past gives the album a distinct feel, evident in the sinister carnival atmosphere of “Gandy Dancer” and the disquieting character portraiture of “Isobel.” Po’ Girl loves to spring small but telling surprises, like the clarinet that punctuates the honky-tonk atmosphere of “Dig Me a Hole.” The title track offers a meditation on roadkill and suburban ennui set to a lullaby-like tune. The angular pop architecture of “Grace” finds balance in the sultry swamp blues of “Bloom.” Russell and Texeira underscore the curiously clashing emotions in their songs with piquant harmonies that never settle for mere sweetness. The duo’s aching cover of Julie Miller’s “All My Tears” complements its originals, adding a note of gospel resonance to this wry, nervously charming set.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eclectic, whimsical, and slightly perverse, Po’ Girl further refines its quirky brand of jazz-tinged folk on Deer in the Night. The Canadian duo—now consisting of singers/songwriters Allison Russell and Awna Texeira—doesn’t mind messing with listeners' expectations by subverting familiar lyric scenarios and tossing in unexpected chords and instrumental colors. A fascination with the darker corners of the past gives the album a distinct feel, evident in the sinister carnival atmosphere of “Gandy Dancer” and the disquieting character portraiture of “Isobel.” Po’ Girl loves to spring small but telling surprises, like the clarinet that punctuates the honky-tonk atmosphere of “Dig Me a Hole.” The title track offers a meditation on roadkill and suburban ennui set to a lullaby-like tune. The angular pop architecture of “Grace” finds balance in the sultry swamp blues of “Bloom.” Russell and Texeira underscore the curiously clashing emotions in their songs with piquant harmonies that never settle for mere sweetness. The duo’s aching cover of Julie Miller’s “All My Tears” complements its originals, adding a note of gospel resonance to this wry, nervously charming set.

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About Po' Girl

Country, blues, folk, alternative rock, and a touch of jazz all come together in the world of Po' Girl. Think lazy melodies, sweet harmony, and mellow grooves and you've got a bit of an idea of how they sound, but the freewheeling Po' Girl always have a trick or two up their sleeve. The roots of the rootsy band lie in the winter of 2000. There was a revolving door's worth of artists and musicians passing through the East Vancouver house Trish Klein lived in. One of them was Allison Russell. Klein and Russell filled the house with music and they knew they should do something with their sound, something beyond a living-room jam session. It was going to take a while to get there, since Klein was about to spend the next three years with the Be Good Tanyas and Russell was working with Fear of Drinking. By 2003, both bands were on indefinite breaks when Klein and Russell officially formed Po' Girl. Hightone released the self-titled debut and the duo took to touring, lots and lots of touring. Diona Davies was added to the band in 2003 and in 2004 the band released Vagabond Lullabies on the Nettwerk label. The 2007 album Home to You focused on the band's bittsweet relationship with being away from home. ~ David Jeffries

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