Monday, April 13, 2009

Linda Draper's third Planting Seeds Records release "Bridge and Tunnel" produced by Brad Albetta (Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson).

Grab the album’s first single “Time Will Tell” HERE.

Linda Draper approaches folk music with spare songs and a high register not unlike folk mama Joan Baez.” – Time Out New York

“ of the true and real genuine talents of the twenty-first century. Highly recommended...” – Babysue

“What great artists sound like when their music is stripped down to its elements...succeeds in every respect.” – American Songwriter

“An absolute master class of exquisitely delivered song craft.” – Losing Today Magazine (UK)

Bridge and Tunnel, the latest album from Linda Draper, showcases ten fresh new songs further exploring Draper’s signature sound - light, enchanting music with gentle, heartfelt honest lyrics. “Limbo” leads off the LP capturing the very essence of morning’s first ray of sunlight. It is followed by the stripped down splendor of “Sharks And Royalty”. The collection’s charm continues to shine bright in the tracks “I Will” and “Pushing Up The Day” - both primed to be sure classics.

A trio of tracks - “Time Will Tell” (MP3), “Broken Eggshell” and “Bridge And Tunnel” unveils Draper’s vibrant, melodic pop side. The LP also includes Draper’s uniquely unadorned take on The Rolling Stones classic 1966 hit “Mother’s Little Helper.” Added into the mix are drummer Anders Griffen (Kimya Dawson, Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis), bassist Rob Woodcock (see also Draper’s Keepsake LP), along with multi instrumentalist/producer Brad Albetta (keyboards, Wurlitzer, bass, and electric guitar). Bridge and Tunnel will no doubt have the listener back for repeated plays with its timelessly captivating sound.

Linda Draper has been described as a folk, antifolk or indie-pop artist. After one listen to her charming (and deceptively addictive) songs, and the listener can understand how Draper’s music transcends categorization. Draper’s CD releases have garnered praise from critics and fans worldwide. Drawing such comparisons to songwriting luminaries such as Aimee Mann, Suzanne Vega, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, Draper has still managed to carve out a sound that is all her own.

Draper’s music is brutally honest yet fearlessly vulnerable, warming the hearts of even the most jaded of listeners. She has found a home in the New York City music community where she records and performs, attracting a grass roots collective of new fans and friends wherever she goes. Linda Draper began writing songs and playing guitar when, at age 14, she picked up her mother’s old guitar. Musical talent runs in Draper’s family – her father is an accomplished classical guitarist who studied under Andres Segovia and gave a critically acclaimed debut performance at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1976. Bio continued below…

Artist: Linda Draper
Title: Bridge and Tunnel
Label: Planting Seeds Records
Release Date: April 14th, 2009

01. Limbo
02. Sharks And Royalty
03. I Will
04. Time Will Tell (MP3) (LIVE VIDEO)
05. Pushing Up The Day
06. Close Enough
07. Broken Eggshell
08. Bridge And Tunnel
09. Mother’s Little Helper (Rolling Stones Cover)
10. Last One Standing

Linda Draper Live
05/21 New York, NY @ Googie’s Lounge (Upstairs at The Living Room) CD Release Show
06/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
06/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Room 5
06/07 Carlsbad, CA @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant
06/08 Silverlake, CA @ Home
06/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Make Out Room

Bio (continued from above):
Draper recorded her debut LP Ricochet in 2001 with producer/indie music icon Kramer (Low, Ween, Galaxie 500, Urge Overkill, Lou Reed). Their partnership would continue with her next three long players: 2002’s Snow White Trash Girl, 2003’s Patchwork, and her debut LP with Planting Seeds RecordsOne Two Three Four. In 2007 she co-produced her next LP Keepsake with Major Matt Mason. Linda Draper’s impressive catalogue continues to grow with each year with appearances on a variety of compilations from around the globe.

In the last several years, Draper has toured in the US and UK, which included support for Teddy Thompson at The Enterprise Club in London. She has played countless US performances and festivals such as the Athens Popfest (Athens, GA), The Cutting Edge of The Campfire Festival (at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA), The International Pop Overthrow Festival, as well as several appearances at the Antifolk Fest in NYC.

Linda Draper has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, The One AM Radio, Eric Gaffney (Sebadoh), and Lucy Wainwright Roche, among others. In the summer of 2007, she played her first West Coast tour, which included stops in Olympia, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Now residing in Queens, NY, Draper enjoys performing at several well respected venues around the city such as The Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room, Cake Shop and The Sidewalk Cafe.

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Linda Draper In The Press:
“Brilliance from the simplest pairings of voice and minimal artist in the best sense of the word.” – The Sentimentalist

“...warm and personal...a treasure chest of thoughtful tunes and melodies” – Pop Matters

“a shining light of excellence...a delightful voice that immediately enchants.” – Tasty (UK)

“another example of the excellent work being done within the folk field these days; it is at once anachronistic and futuristic.” – Americana UK

“a talented songwriter on the rise... this underrated talent is about to punch her ticket to widespread acclaim” – Unfinished

“what the major label heads call the total package. Great songwriting, beautiful music, loads of talent...” – Ear Candy

“Highlighted / Noteworthy Release – Linda Draper has an absolutely captivating voice. It has a steady, tender quality that draws you in, pressing your ears to the speaker, to listen carefully to the quiet lyrics she slips into her simple acoustic arrangements.” – Punk Planet

“...a terrific songwriter, one that should be above the radar...” – Dagger

“She reminds me of early Suzanne Vega, with whispery vocals...putting the focus on her to-the-point lyrics.” – Sing Out

“Coolly rendered neo-folk’s a whimsical, open-hearted, and affecting journey... “ – Pop Culture Press

“There’s some captivating magic here very, very worth exploring.” – All Music Guide

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