“SONG FOR EWE”
with MARISA ANDERSON
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Portland based guitar virtuoso about to release her first record for Thrill Jockey (home of Tortoise, Trans Am, The Sea & Cake etc) – “Cloud Corner” out on 15th June. She is a heartfelt story teller with a wicked finger picking skill, welcome to VS, the aces Marisa Anderson!
Written in a period both of political turmoil and personal upheaval, “Cloud Corner” is an album of inordinate stillness and composure among the chaos. With bits of pedal steel reminiscent of BJ Cole, a Southern rock sensibility with echoes of The Band, and other than William Tyler few other contemporaries ploughing a cinematic six string furrow, Marisa’s talent is mesmerising. A real student of the guitar, she can manipulate and coax it into re-imagining the whole history of American music from Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Blind Willie McTell to Bill Frisell or John Fahey, interwoven with delicacy and yet raw emotion that is singularly hers.
The first single from the new album is about “about looking up instead of down, about keeping your eyes on the horizon, taking the long view.” You can let this one bathe your ears in a warm optimistic salve right here…
Marisa chose someone else who deals in raw emotion as her pick, so without further ado it’s over to Marisa for her “song for ewe”…
“You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To by Nina Simone
This song has been stuck in my head for weeks. Her insertion of counterpoint into a jazz standard is brilliant, and inspirational to me as someone who spends a lot of time looking for new ways to present old things. She breathes new life into this song by highlighting and centering the instrumental parts and waiting until the second half to start singing.”
THANKS TO MARISA AND THANKS TO ANTHEA LEYLAND AND MATT FIDLER AT THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS