Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rachael Yamagata

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I've been posting morsels of Rachael Yamagata but never got the chance to post her singly. Wonder why. Anyway, I just gotten hold of her album (Nope, i didn't obtained it illegally). The album is said to be recorded in two parts. The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking Into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout. One thing I've noticed is her songs are angst-waxed even when she's whispering. Yamagata actually came into music because she kept falling in and out of relationships and needed a creative outlet for the emotions.+/-

Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata (born on September 23, 1977 in Arlington, Virginia) is a singer-songwriter. She plays piano and has a dark, smokey alto, garnering frequent comparisons to Fiona Apple. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, was released on June 8, 2004.
Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus, spending six years with them while writing and recording three albums and touring the country. However, she began to write songs which took on a style that conflicted with the funk vision of the band. In 2001, Yamagata decided to take those songs and pursue a solo career. Boosted by such support, she returned in 2008 with Elephants...Teeth Sinking into Heart, an eclectic release that featured both intimate material and PJ Harvey-inspired rock.

Listen to the stand-out tracks of the album.
Do you want to be my sidedish friend
'Cause I'll miss you if you go for good, Yeah
We can stay together 'til the very end of time
Sidedish Friend
Elephants
Faster
Brown Eyes

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