26-year-old Kelli Schaefer manages to do that with one broken note. The gorgeous album is the creation of Schaefer and a murderer’s row of Portland musical talent: her label mate (and an amazing musician in his own right) Drew Grow, multi-instrumentalist Bryan Free, and members of Grow’s backing band The Pastors Wives. Together, they have created a multi-hued album that brings out the darkness and the light of Schaefer’s soul-searching lyrics. The press of the world is starting to take notice as well. The music intelligentsia of Portland chose Schaefer as one of the city’s Best New Bands in a recent poll in Willamette Week (the accompanying feature on Schaefer referred to her work as “bucolic pop with a feral and feminist spirit”). Paste Magazine has sung her praises and debuted the startling video for her song “Black Dog” on their website.
Zaph Mann at OPB Music calls her “a raw and undeniable talent,” and Barbara Mitchell on Oregon Music News said, “There are hints of Bjork, PJ Harvey and Billie Holiday at work — powerful, emotionally resonant creativity centered around a truly captivating and unique voice and vision.” It’s rock music that encourages deep concentration as much as it does a slow roll of your hips; pop music that leaves a bittersweet aftertaste; folk music meant for a dark nightclub instead of your local coffeehouse. And even Schaefer’s straining voice doesn’t grab you in “Sister K”, there are dozens of other small moments in Ghost Of The Beast that will have you gasping for air or grabbing for the lyric sheet. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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