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Jesy Fortino, a.k.a. Tiny Vipers, makes music as moody and haunting as Bill Callahan and Will Oldham, and as serenely beautiful as Sub Pop label mates Fleet Foxes. On Fortino’s 2007 debut, Hands Across the Void, her brand of stark, gothic-flavored acoustic music set her apart from the scores of solo artists swimming in the same country-flavored, singer-songwriter pond. Life On Earth makes it clear she’s not getting out of the water any time soon. Using the sparest of arrangements, and confidently stripping the songs down to their vulnerable core, Fortino’s smoky, odd warble is the fragile armature around which plucked and strummed guitar lines wrap themselves. Steady, too, is the glacial pace of the tunes, but as each one melds into the next, a new soundscape unfolds with mesmerizing elegance. From the emotionally wrenching “Eyes Like Ours” to the ghostly “Young God” and the hearty (by comparison) “Time Takes,” Fortino evokes a number of classic ‘60s folk-rock musical icons (including guitarist John Fahey and dark pop goddess Nico), but she puts an utterly original and unique spin on it all.

Customer Reviews


get lonely, get drunk and then listen to it. it is frozen with evergreen loneliness. its like watching mist glide over a pond at twilight. its like being in a mountain forest at 2:30 in the morning. its waking up cold in your bed after having dreamt of past loves. its re-living every memory of heartache ever. im talking about watching yr world become dark blue from a pinhole made in the wall separating yr subconscious from waking life. its how yr hollow soul sounds. thats it. take some time.

another beautiful creation

i am lucky to be living in the pacific north west. i have seen her play many times and she just haunts you. her voice is so powerful as she opens her mouth, yet it looks effortless coming from her tiny body. this album is beautiful, but i fear it may not get the time it deserves. it's not a "quick listen" it unfolds, retracts and teases you. also beautiful are the rainy days that allows for this album to just play in my house while i sit and take it in. you really need to feel this album, it requires your time and your only the best albums do. i only wish it were available on vinyl.

Tiny Viper: Dreamer

I've only heard Dreamer but if the LP/CD is as good I'll love the rest!!


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The subtle, largely acoustic music of Tiny Vipers is the project of Seattle-based singer/songwriter Jesy Fortino, a self-taught guitarist whose intricate playing and lonesome vocals give her work a uniquely haunting quality. Though she played in a few bands, Fortino found she worked better on her own, and began releasing Tiny Vipers albums -- including one that consisted of a single 30-minute song -- and playing local shows. A friend working at Sub Pop brought her...
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