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The pedal steel signifies alt-country. The finger-picked acoustic guitars lean towards folk. The muted, unassuming, sometimes too-buried vocals suggest that murky sadcore space where Cat Power usually hangs her tunes. Once a Denver-based drummer (she played for a spell with Band of Horses) and now Seattle-based singer-songwriter, Sera Cahoone’s second album creates a spell that is thorough and at times overwhelming. The tunes are strong and lasting but often obscured by the mostly rustic instrumentation (banjo, violin, pedal steel). Cahoone lurks behind the tunes as much as commands them, and she specializes in a high lonesome area where things sound as if they might be going bad even when they have the possibility of looking up. The extra energy behind “Happy When I’m Gone” practically sounds like the dawning of a new day when put next to the gorgeous but downcast drear of “Tryin’” or the solemn near prayer-like album closer “Seven Hours Later.” It makes for an effective 3 a.m. album. 

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She's making her own trail..

I loved her first album. Her second work of art does not dissappoint. I am reminded of Gillian Welch, John Prine and the Cowboy Junkies all rolled into one, but different and unique. She's a songwriter's dream. I love the guitar on this release. Watch her star rise.

VERY worthwhile sophomore effort.

I'll be honest, pedal steel is probably my favorite instrument ever. That this record employees it liberally is a huge plus. And the songs are just so good. I heard "Only as the Day is Long" on a KEXP podcast and knew then and there that I needed to get the record. "Baker Lake" "Seven Hours Later" might even be better than the title track. Sera's got a beautiful, really soothing voice. This album fits in pretty perfectly next to my Ryan Adams and Iron & Wine stuff, it's like a slowed down Band of Horses (makes sense, given her background).


I stumbled across Sera Cahoone this weekend- as she and her band opened for the Fruit Bats. I agree with the other poster that female leads, especially folksy/country-esque ones are not my typical cup of tea, however.... Sera is my new exception. Her voice is otherworldly- calm, haunting, soothing, unique, and flat out beautiful. I cannot stop listening to this album. Especially the first three songs. I look forward to introducing everyone I know to her.


Born: 1975 in Denver, CO

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In the vein of such inviting indie folk crooners as Iron & Wine, Laura Veirs, and the seemingly hundreds of folks attempting to be the next Elliott Smith without the unpleasant end, Sera Cahoone's self-described goal in her official press kit is to be seen as "a musical love child of Buck Owens and Cat Power." Raised in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, Cahoone began playing drums at the age of 11 and spent her teenage years in a succession of local bands, often in the company of Roger Green (later...
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