catalogue

FOSTER, JOSEPHINE

GRAPHIC AS A STAR (FIRE RECORDS)

FOSTER, JOSEPHINE - GRAPHIC AS A STAR 41604
format:
1 CD
release:
20.11.2009
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
41604
barcode:
0809236113627
Fire Records are very excited to have Josephine Foster joining the roster. Her new album Graphic as a Star is based upon the poems of the 19th century American poet Emily Dickenson.

Josephine lays stairsteppy melodies beneath a collection of Dickenson gems and sings them with a burnished soulfullness like the purple sunsets so often described in the poems.

Massachusetts mountains pearled spiderwebs and folk heroe William Tell are all present in this unforgettable meeting of Dickenson's posey and Fosters music making a natural and inevitable whole.

Ms. Foster is a Colorado-born artist whose songwriting draws from far corners of the musical spectrum to form a truly singular body of work.

Her voice is sometimes compared to singers as disparate as Grace Slick, Shirley Collins or Tiny Tim, and it's certainly difficult to pigeonhole her varied music.

She says her craft is strongly shaped by "Tin Pan Alley on my maternal side, rock and roll on the paternal side, Western folk music by birth, art-song and classical music via my adolescent passions".

A personal introduction to the new album Graphic as a Star from Josephine herself: As to the source of these interludes, I wrote them this past winter while living in this remote half abandoned Spanish mountain village, a deadly quiet place with occasional interruptions of goats' bells donkey brays and the church bell announcing the passing of another old neighbor every day or so.

I had just a few books with me, and one was the poetry of Emily Dickenson. Her poems proved such good company that in a few short weeks appeared this "song cycle".

Whether for the irony of distance and homesickness being 3 years away, or through inevitable kinship with this long dead lady these songs seem to veer more towards America than ever before.

Back in music school I heard a few musical settings of Dickenson made by classical composers, but its my hope to unite some of her poems into more intimate and intuitive musical settings being so lyrical and transparent as they are.

Press expected in Mojo, Uncut, Q, The Broadsheets, NME, Rocksound, Clash and more.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. TRUST IN THE UNEXPECTED
  • 1.2. HOW HAPPY IS THE LITTLE STONE
  • 1.3. SHE SWEEPS WITH MANY-COLORED BROOMS
  • 1.4. AH TENERIFFE!
  • 1.5. WHO IS THE EAST?
  • 1.6. THEY CALLED ME TO THE WINDOW
  • 1.7. THIS IS THE LAND THE SUNSET WASHES
  • 1.8. LIKE MIGHTY FOOT LIGHTS
  • 1.9. EXULTATION IS THE GOING
  • 1.10. IN FALLING TIMBERS BURIED
  • 1.11. WITH THEE IN THE DESERT
  • 1.12. I SEE THEE BETTER IN THE DARK
  • 1.13. YOUR THOUGHTS DON'T HAVE WORDS EVER
  • 1.14. MY LIFE HAD STOOD A LOADED GUN
  • 1.15. EDEN IS THAT OLD-FASHIONED HOUSE
  • 1.16. BEAUTY CROWDS ME TILL I DIE
  • 1.17. I COULD BRING YOU JEWELS
  • 1.18. WILD NIGHTS - WILD NIGHTS!
  • 1.19. ONLY A SHRINE, BUT MINE
  • 1.20. THO' MY DESTINY BE FUSTIAN
  • 1.21. WHAT SHALL I DO - IT WHIMPERS SO
  • 1.22. HEART! WE WILL FORGET HIM
  • 1.23. STRONG DRAUGHTS OF THEIR REFRESHING
  • 1.24. TELL AS A MARKSMAN
  • 1.25. THE SPIDER HOLDS A SILVER BALL
  • 1.26. WHOEVER DISENCHANTS