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Escondida [Jolie Holland]

  • 1. Sascha
    2. Black Stars
    3. Old Fashion Morphine
    4. Amen
    5. Mad Tom of Bedlam
    6. Poor Girl
    7. Goodbye California
    8. Do You?
    9. Darlin Ukelele
    10. Damn Shame
    11. Tiny Idyll / Lil Missy
    12. Faded Coat of Blue
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86692

  • Credits
    ProducerJolie Holland; Lemon DeGeorge

    Personnel: Jolie Holland (vocals, guitar, ukelele, piano); Brian Miller (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Keith Cory (banjo, mandolin, bass); Paul Scriver (soprano saxophone); Ara Cory (trumpet); Dave Mihaly (marimba, drums, background vocals); Enzo Garcia (saw).
    Recorded at In The Pocket, Forestville, California.
    With ESCONDIDA, singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has crafted a truly remarkable record. Spectral, rootsy, and evocative, these 12 tunes--which touch on blues, country, folk, and swing--reflect the precision of a new traditionalist, but bear a creative twist that keeps the whole from sounding like mere revival. Holland doesn't fit comfortably into any categories; her fusion of styles is made unique by her spare arrangements, creative instrumentation (the record features ukulele, marimba, musical saw, and soprano saxophone), and--most notably--her distinctive voice and loose, conversational phrasing.
    The opener, "Sascha," a narrative about a chance romance sung with superb melodic flair over an easy swing progression, typifies Holland's musical aesthetic. The gorgeous "Black Stars," one of the finest tracks on ESCONDIDA, takes on a spooky, dreamy atmosphere with its mesmerizing vocal line. Holland shifts gears in the countrified gospel of "Goodbye California," the desperate ballad "Do You?," and the surreal "Darlin Ukelele." As a lyricist, Holland also impresses, weaving striking images and blues narratives together with apparent ease. On this album, Holland presents a collection of beautiful, soulful, Americana-tinged songs that are singular, strangely familiar, and undeniably good.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's a quirky, haunted quality to the songs....[T]he effect is of floating dazedly above worldly matters, like a figure in a Chagall painting."
    Magnet (p.67) - Ranked #18 in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2004" - "ESCONDIDA delivers the goods with the wilted-orchid whisper of Billie Holiday."
    CMJ (p.6) - "ESCONDIDA is a reminder that Americana isn't about patriotism, it's about the twisted roots of blues, jazz and country growing into something strange and beautiful."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "It really is incredibly good....A contemporary of Billie Holiday this time around rather than a disciple of Will Oldham."
    Paste (magazine) - "Literate, spooky and utterly compelling, ESCONDIDA is not only an astonishing album, but the announcement of a singular, visionary talent."
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