Outside Our Gates by Liz Durrett on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her third album, 2008’s Outside Our Gates, Athens, Georgia singer-songwriter Liz Durrett continues to search through a vague, murky landscape for moments of splendor and contentment. Her arrangements are seemingly sparse, yet she employs a great many instruments that often quietly weave unassumingly through the songs, building and releasing tension without ever turning grandiose. There’s a gentle trickle laced throughout “In the Eaves,” as cello, piano, xylophone, and acoustic guitar combine for great effect. Durrett’s soothing voice takes on several different modes, and she often double-tracks her vocals for powerful results. “Wild As Them (A Memorial)” expresses a daydream, while ‘We Build Bridges” has a child-like hymn quality to its near ethereal beauty. Elsewhere, she strips down to a bare confession where her raw emotion, still kept mindfully restrained, adds to the minimalist quality of the often elliptical, often imagistic lyrics (“Lost Hiker”). The orchestration turns tougher for “All of Them All,” building towards a threatening chaos. “Always Signs” visits the percussive menace of a skewered Tom Waits production. Durrett’s capable of pulling in many different directions and still making it work for her.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On her third album, 2008’s Outside Our Gates, Athens, Georgia singer-songwriter Liz Durrett continues to search through a vague, murky landscape for moments of splendor and contentment. Her arrangements are seemingly sparse, yet she employs a great many instruments that often quietly weave unassumingly through the songs, building and releasing tension without ever turning grandiose. There’s a gentle trickle laced throughout “In the Eaves,” as cello, piano, xylophone, and acoustic guitar combine for great effect. Durrett’s soothing voice takes on several different modes, and she often double-tracks her vocals for powerful results. “Wild As Them (A Memorial)” expresses a daydream, while ‘We Build Bridges” has a child-like hymn quality to its near ethereal beauty. Elsewhere, she strips down to a bare confession where her raw emotion, still kept mindfully restrained, adds to the minimalist quality of the often elliptical, often imagistic lyrics (“Lost Hiker”). The orchestration turns tougher for “All of Them All,” building towards a threatening chaos. “Always Signs” visits the percussive menace of a skewered Tom Waits production. Durrett’s capable of pulling in many different directions and still making it work for her.

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About Liz Durrett

Singer/songwriter Liz Durrett was born in Rome, GA, in 1978. She was mentored and encouraged in her music by her uncle, singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt. As a teenager in the early to mid-'90s, while attending high school and then, for a year, the University of Georgia at Athens, she recorded her songs with Chesnutt producing. She moved to Oakland, CA, where she lived for a few years while her boyfriend, whom she later married, attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Then they returned to Athens, where she began performing in clubs. On February 22, 2005, WARM Electronic Recordings belatedly released Husk, a collection of her teenage recordings, and she began to perform more widely, touring the East Coast with Crooked Fingers in March 2005 and Europe as part of Chesnutt's band that spring. Her second, newly recorded, album, The Mezzanine, was released on January 24, 2006, and she spent the year touring the U.S. extensively. In February 2008, she toured Italy. Her third album, Outside Our Gates, was released September 9, 2008, ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Athens, GA

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