10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A chance hearing on a Los Angeles radio station of Catherine Feeny’s track “Mr. Blue” from her debut album inspired the director of Running With Scissors to include the song in the film. Whether or not subsequent doors will open for this inspiring singer-songwriter remains to be seen, but with her second album, Hurricane Glass, Feeny has worked up the necessary goods to deliver on contract. She re-rerecorded “Mr. Blue” (extending its brief duration with an extra horn arrangement) and has continued writing somberly reflective tunes that shift their emotive weight with a variety of approaches that never betray her elemental simplicity. “Always Tonight” hustles with a street groove, but Feeny seems to prefer the smaller moments where her little girl gasps and whispers never need to strain to make their point. “Hush Now” works a quiet corner with a minimalist’s grace, piano notes dropping like teardrops while cellos saw mournfully behind. “Radar” is quick-speak, words rushing past in excitement and frustration, as the musical backing remains sedate. The title track closely traces Lucinda Williams’ dramatic arc, proving Feeny’s note-taking is as gifted as her execution.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A chance hearing on a Los Angeles radio station of Catherine Feeny’s track “Mr. Blue” from her debut album inspired the director of Running With Scissors to include the song in the film. Whether or not subsequent doors will open for this inspiring singer-songwriter remains to be seen, but with her second album, Hurricane Glass, Feeny has worked up the necessary goods to deliver on contract. She re-rerecorded “Mr. Blue” (extending its brief duration with an extra horn arrangement) and has continued writing somberly reflective tunes that shift their emotive weight with a variety of approaches that never betray her elemental simplicity. “Always Tonight” hustles with a street groove, but Feeny seems to prefer the smaller moments where her little girl gasps and whispers never need to strain to make their point. “Hush Now” works a quiet corner with a minimalist’s grace, piano notes dropping like teardrops while cellos saw mournfully behind. “Radar” is quick-speak, words rushing past in excitement and frustration, as the musical backing remains sedate. The title track closely traces Lucinda Williams’ dramatic arc, proving Feeny’s note-taking is as gifted as her execution.

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About Catherine Feeny

Although born and raised in Pennsylvania, Catherine Feeny launched her career as a singer/songwriter in Los Angeles. She initially immersed herself in the city's folk scene, taking influence from artists like Gillian Welch and issuing a self-titled album of likeminded material in 2003. However, a friendship with British musician Sebastian Rogers convinced her to decamp to England and rediscover her pop sensibilities. Feeny recorded her sophomore effort, Hurricane Glass, in Rogers' studio; she also took up permanent residence in the county of Norfolk. Flaunting a mix of summery pop and folk ballads, Hurricane Glass was released in the U.K. in June 2006. The piano-fueled single "Mr. Blue" won Feeny some acclaim back home, particularly when it appeared in an episode of The O.C. and the film Running with Scissors, and she soon signed a deal with EMI Records. Returning to America in 2008, she settled in Oregon and began work on her third album, taking time off during the fall to perform alongside a bevy of L.A.-based songwriters on the Hotel Café Tour. ~ Andrew Leahey

HOMETOWN
Philadelphia, PA
BORN
1976

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