Laurel Brauns | Closed for the Season

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Closed for the Season

by Laurel Brauns

Graveyard ghosty folk
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Outside
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2. Róisín Dubh
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3. Closed For the Season
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4. Cinderella
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5. North 93
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6. Super 8
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7. I'll Be Your Sylvia Plath
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8. Strawbery Banke
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9. Mannequin
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10. Shane Mcgowan
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11. Sirens
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12. Brooklyn
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13. Restaurant Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Laurel is from a small town in central New Hampshire. This background has instilled in her an obsessive love of the outdoors, and a healthy hatred of vinyl siding and SUVs. For a short time she was a member of the Gunstock Parish Militia, an organization formed to ward off encroaching developers and suburbanites from out of state, but the group soon abandoned monkey-wrenching for drinking, and became a loose association renamed Lovers of Schlitz, or LOS for short.

Laurel is a singer/songwriter whose work ranges from indie americana to quiet rock. She did not sing in a punk band before getting in touch with her sensitive side. She was a trad-music geek in high school, and spent much of her time learning obscure Celtic ballads and raucous Pogues songs. After high school, she lived in Ireland, busking on the street and joining sessions in pubs.

During college in Portland, Oregon, she formed a number of duos and trios, the most popular of which was Queen Anne's Lace, featuring Anna Fritz on cello and Erica McGee on violin. She did her senior thesis on indie labels of the Pacific Northwest such as K Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Sub Pop, then started her own label (Red Trail Records) after graduating. Laurel's first album, recorded in friends' apartments, has sold 2,000 copies and received reviews in Performing Songwriter and other national media outlets. Her second release, Periphery, was recorded and co-produced by Larry Crane at Jackpot! Studios (Elliott Smith, The Decemberists). Jeff Saltzman (producer Stephen Malkmus) mastered the album and hailed it as “elegantly arranged modern/folk pop” and “one of the strongest efforts I've worked on this past year.”

Logging over 80,000 miles on her car in the past two years, Laurel tours constantly. Lured by the possibility that there is something left of Kerouac's America out there on the great highways, her songs are "like wistful Polaroid's, nostalgic memories of people and places throughout the country." (Matt Kanner, The Wire, Portsmouth, NH)

"It's somewhere out there that she meets her characters and gives you a peak into their stories, she puts you right out there in the cornfield under the wide-open skies..." (Melissa Bearns, The Source, Bend, OR.)

Laurel currently concentrates her touring efforts in the Pacific Northwest and New England, playing clubs, colleges, bars, and state prisons. When touring can't pay the bills or when she's writing new music, she returns to the restaurant industry; she paid for Periphery by pulling pints in a pub in Alaska and living in a tent.

Laurel resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, home of the international Record Production Month Challenge (RPM). For two years she has been running a music series called Hush Hush Sweet Harlot which has featured widely reknowned indie acts like John Vanderslice, Tara Jane O'Neil, The Winterpills, Jason Anderson, Tom Brosseau and the Williard Grant Conspiracy. Laurel has performed at all major venues in New Hampshire and shared the stage with Matt Pond PA, Matt Costa, Patty Larkin and Greg Brown. She has performed at hundreds of universities and private schools. In February 2007 she independently released her third album, "Closed for the Season," produced by Jon Nolan.

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Dave D

This is a must have CD.
There is so much amazing music on this. Brooklyn is stunning. I'd consider North 93 and Super 8 almost anthemlike. Super 8 should be a nationwide summer driving hit. The lyrics to Cinderella are both cutting and heartbreaking. Sylvia Plath is as good as folk music by anyone more well known. The Restaurant Song at the very end is the best surprise extra of all and worth it for that alone.
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Bill

The best ever yet.
I would give it ten stars for the beautiful music. Laurel makes it look good. The CD is of course very good as it always were. Thanks.
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Daniel O'Meara

Fantastic Third Album
This is a superb album on par with (or superior to, actually) anything made by more well known artists. Laurel seems to have melded the Celtic influences from her earlier work with the modern folk sounds of Periphery to create a sound that is unique and all her own. The songs here are excellent with a few real standouts like Cinderella, Strawberry Banke, and Brooklyn. She covers a wide variety of topics and references her New Hampshire home nicely. As always, the arrangements are stellar with strings, piano, and guitar complementing one another beautifully. If I had one complaint, it would be that the vocals were at times overproduced, creating interesting effects, but detracting a bit from the outstanding natural quality of her voice. Still, this is exceptional work and not to be missed.
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