Laura Borealis, Laura (Gooseberry) Rating: NNNN
EMMA MCKENNA, NOW Magazine
Laura Borealis has dedicated her second full-length album to the wilderness of Quebec, and at times it feels like she's communicating with something other- worldly. Full of soft, throaty utterances framed by gentle background melodies, Borealis' songs float along as if dragged by a gentle undertow. Upsweeping layers of woodwinds and strings balance the sparse percussion.
Borealis has the kind of voice that is able to waver between notes, and between feelings, too. With confessional but minimal lyrics, she has crafted a sophisticated yet subtle record.
4th release in 20 years. Back again after 3 children hiatus and years of training as a Reiki Master, Laura Borealis gives us a beautiful and intimate singer/songwriter record similar to Nico, Left Banke, Alex Chilton and Neil Young. Known also as music video director for Sebadoh, Eric's Trip, Thrush Hermit, Superfriendz, etc, and photographer of Sloan and Eric's Trip in early days. Laura is an accomplished visual artist with an MFA. Laura has been playing, writing and recording music since 1991. From Halifax, Chicago, and Toronto. Now living in Montreal and rural Quebec.
Ron Sexsmith lent his voice to one of the versions of Laura's song California. Daniel McIvor used two songs of Laura's in his movie "Until I hear From You".
Band-mates over the years have included: Roland Blinn, Phlis MacGregor,
Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy, Ian McGettigan, Rob Benvie, Wayne MacPherson, Gary Shepers, Fiona Highet, Julie Wheler, Evan Weisblott etc.
"Laura" recorded and mixed by Mark Lawson (with two songs mixed by Jace Lasek and Harris Newman)is her long-awaited follow-up to the wild and free Funderful(2001). Laura shows her maturity as a songwriter in this strong and beautiful record. On Gooseberry Records. LP available for download on Zunior.com. Distributed by Sonic Unyon.
Laura is now working on a dance record.
2 cassette releases Snob Shop 1992
10"pink vinyl Sob Shop "Pick of the Week" 1994
CD the Funderful songs of Laura Borealis 2000
CD Jupiter Tapes 2001
CD EP Laura, some songs by Laura Borealis Oct 11, 2007 Gooseberry Records
CD (full length) Laura, release date Jan 2008 Gooseberry Records distributed by Sonic Unyon, Zunior.com
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