11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christina Courtin is a Juilliard-trained violinist yet there are few bursts of dexterity that would betray this classical background on her elegant debut release. That’s not a put-down. She just seems to want to be taken more as a singer/songwriter than an instrumental dynamo, and at this she certainly succeeds on the strength of her charming, demure voice and slightly eccentric delivery. Her music is by turns soothing (“Green Jay,” “Hedonistic Paradise,” “Rainy”), playful (“Foreign Country,” “One Man Down”), and melancholic (“Bundah,” “Mulberries”), with a wide range of instruments employed (including strings, slide guitar, and toy pianos) and clever arrangements. The one exception comes near the end of “Laconia,” where her soft demeanor is interrupted by a frenzied burst of unexpected angst showing a different side of Courtin. Backed by a cast of A-list players for hire including Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, and Greg Cohen, the music is impeccably polished and a good fit for Courtin’s whimsical chamber pop. This tender debut will likely appeal to fans of other sweet songstresses like Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Feist, and Zee Avi.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christina Courtin is a Juilliard-trained violinist yet there are few bursts of dexterity that would betray this classical background on her elegant debut release. That’s not a put-down. She just seems to want to be taken more as a singer/songwriter than an instrumental dynamo, and at this she certainly succeeds on the strength of her charming, demure voice and slightly eccentric delivery. Her music is by turns soothing (“Green Jay,” “Hedonistic Paradise,” “Rainy”), playful (“Foreign Country,” “One Man Down”), and melancholic (“Bundah,” “Mulberries”), with a wide range of instruments employed (including strings, slide guitar, and toy pianos) and clever arrangements. The one exception comes near the end of “Laconia,” where her soft demeanor is interrupted by a frenzied burst of unexpected angst showing a different side of Courtin. Backed by a cast of A-list players for hire including Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz, and Greg Cohen, the music is impeccably polished and a good fit for Courtin’s whimsical chamber pop. This tender debut will likely appeal to fans of other sweet songstresses like Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Feist, and Zee Avi.

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About Christina Courtin

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Christina Courtin occupies the middle ground between contemporary folk, vocal jazz, and alternative pop/rock. The New York native began studying violin at three years old, and her quick mastery of the instrument led to an interest in singing, songwriting, and performing. After enrolling at the Juilliard School, she began collaborating with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, and Osvaldo Golijov, utilizing her talents as both a vocalist and violinist. Upshaw's longtime label, Nonesuch Records, took an interest in Courtin, who eventually signed with the label and decamped to L.A. to record her debut record. The self-titled album appeared in 2009, featuring production from Courtin and two of her bandmates. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Buffalo, NY
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    1984

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