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Fractography

by Alicia Hansen

Imagine Kate Bush practicing the vulcan mind-meld with Brad Mehldau, PJ Harvey, Philip Glass and Tom Waits in a deserted rail-yard during a rainstorm. Fractography is a powerful debut from a voice both emotive and raw, lush & penetrating.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Under Hypnosis
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2. Alcoholic
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3. Homesickness
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4. Freighters
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5. Apple Core
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6. In Armies
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7. Poison Tree
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8. Clear Enough
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9. Norway
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10. If You Asked Me
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11. Fractograph
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Alicia Hansen writes her songs at night. She writes her songs with a wrench and a hammer. Defying all classification, “Fractography" is a soft and jagged construct, and a powerful debut from a voice both emotive and raw, lush and penetrating.
Inspired by everything from Scandinavian free jazz to Stravinsky, Ravel to Bjork, industrial/prog/punk/indie rock to elegiac Lieder, Alicia's songwriting eludes convention. Imagine Kate Bush practicing the vulcan mind-meld with Brad Mehldau, PJ Harvey, Philip Glass and Tom Waits in a deserted rail-yard during a rainstorm. The result is an alchemy of insight and irreverance that is spirited, provoking, poignant, and haunting.

On these eleven songs, the smoldering luminosity of Alicia's piano and voice is fuelled by a quartet of Vancouver musicians that needs little introduction: Skye Brooks (Inhabitants, Co-Pilots, Aeroplane Trio, Fond of Tigers) on drums; Tommy Babin (Benzine, Gord Grdina trio, Switchblade Serenade) on bass; Peggy Lee (Peggy Lee Band, Tony Wilson Sextet, Standing Wave) on cello; Ron Samworth (Dark Blue World, Talking Pictures, NOW Orchestra) on guitar. Together with the mad-cap brilliance of producer Aaron Joyce (Jess Hill, Ghost to Kill Again, Spear- beak) and engineer Jesse Gander (The Doers, Buffalo Swan, Fond of Tigers), they are a striking force.


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Ragnar

i want more of this woman!!!
This album is amazing! An artist that has truly grown into her own and found her own eclectic style. Her piano playing is ferocious, vocals flawless, and the variety of textures and styles makes this album an absolute treat to listen to. From the caremelly warmth of cello-infused Apple Core to the raw weirdness of Alcoholic, each track stands out. Highly imaginative, quirky, honest, and sensitive, it demonstrates Alicia's incredible versatility, talent, and skill as a musician and songwriter. It is refreshing to hear such fearless originality. I LOVE it!!!
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