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Live Underwater

by maery lanahan

Original songstress maery lanahan joins up with her band to mix acoustic rock with electronic and world sounds.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Birds
3:12 $0.99
2. Sculpting My Desire With Discomfort
3:41 $0.99
3. The Yearning Intro
1:08 $0.99
4. The Yearning
5:05 $0.99
5. Tangibly Ghostish
4:07 $0.99
6. Circling Currents
4:02 $0.99
7. Ave Maria
5:37 $0.99
8. Piece Of Flint
4:58 $0.99
9. The Promise
4:57 $0.99
10. Corey
3:42 $0.99
11. Two Silhouettes
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Album Notes
"Live Underwater rides the waves of various emotions, finishing as passionate as anything Ani DiFranco ever did, and just as good too."
-The Columbus Alive

The Story
"This project was recorded live in the studio with an audience. We kept the songs in their pure states with no overdubs. Most of them were on the "first take"...broken strings, missed notes and all."

maery lanahan's music is different. By listening to the unusual phrasings, chord changes, lyrics, and instrumentation, one can eventually get a feel for how differently she approaches music. By comparing her first full-length album, entitled "lessen" , with "Live Underwater", maëry lanahan goes from one end of the production spectrum to the other.

"Lessen" was a year in the making. Studio time was booked according to how much extra money she and Brian could spare that month. So the album was drawn out and doted upon. All of the bass and drum tracks were written in the studio as maery was a solo performer up to this point. Each track was carefully placed on tape, and as the album title denotes - the philosophy was "less is more". That "less" was to be fine-tuned and analyzed until it was just the right feel.

After "Lessen" was released in 2000, maery formed and developed a trio that would go on to do a two month tour spanning the upper midwest and east coast the fall of 2001. As the band developed a full sound around maëry's songwriting, they began to grow out of the "Folk Rock" label that was fitting for many of the songs on "Lessen". This album, sold mainly at their live performances, no longer represented their live stage presence, which had escalated as it evolved. Their loyal and diverse following was begging for the new sound to come out on disc.

Recognizing that their strength and experience was in their live performance, they decided to "get the music out there" and release a live album. So after winning free studio time from the Dayton Band Playoffs and columbusmusic.com, they hosted an in-studio live performance at Refraze Recording Studio. Instead of taking a year to create a CD, this was recorded in two "live" sessions. The result is a raw glimpse into the potential and reality of what maëry lanahan is all about. "Live Underwater" is the third release from their independent record label "Not My Fault Records".

The Hybrid Players
maëry lanahan - all vocals, acoustic guitar mic'd and through an effects pedal, ebow
Alessandro Cortez - electric bass (through an envelope filter sometimes) and acoustic guitar
Megan Palmer - personally customized six-string electronic violin, acoustic violin
Brian DeWeese - tabla, customized electronic-acoustic-hybrid drum kit



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Josh Estelle

wow terrific independant folk rock
Wow! I just saw Maery and her band perform down in Yellow Springs, OH. I was totally blown away. She's terrific. Her music is full of emotion, and soul. She drives home creative and moving lyrics, all the while backed up by terrific drumming and a fabulous bassist. I bought this CD at the show and I havn't been able to stop listening to it since.

Grog / theChickenFishSpeaks.com

Excellent, varied, emotional music that grips you.
Maery Lanahan is one of those local artists who never fails to amaze me with her talents. Her emotional, angelic voice is the focal point of every song. It draws me in like a siren song and keeps me captivated until she is finished with my ears and mind, then she leaves me and sends me on my way. That doesn't even take into account her guitar playing and songwriting abilities. There is also Alessandro Cortez, who is an excellent bassist and adds such a boost to every song as he intertwines his melodies in with Maery's vocal harmonies. On drums is Brian DeWeese, who plays lightly and makes every beat count.

My two favorite songs are "The Yearning" and "The Promise" which highlight every aspect of the band, especially the range of Maery's voice. To finish off the release Maery may have just written the best love song ever "Two Silhouettes" which truly captures her feelings for her lover. I've seen them play live a few times and it was great to hear them on disc, especially with the addition of a violinist, Megan Palmer. They have one of those very unique sounds, which blends many styles and areas together such as rock, jazz, worldbeat, classical, folk, and singer-songwriter, so comparisons are useless. If you love music that has depth and feeling and is played by accomplished musicians then you'll love Maery. {Grog}

David Lilly - Nagariousmag

In a nutshell, or cockpit in this case (these folks are from Dayton, Ohio), this
This music comes out of the darkness of some exotic alley with a strange, sadly romantic aura. Songwriter Maery Lanahan on guitar and vocals, along with bandmates Megan Palmer on violin, Alessandro Cortez on bass and guitar and Brian DeWeese on drums and tabla, played all of this material live in the studio; that’s how they used the free studio time they’d won in a contest. Not only was that a good idea, but it proves this musical unit can deliver the goods without overdubs or other studio tailoring. Lanahan has been performing in public for at least eight years, experiencing several of those as a solo act.
That bass guitar bounds along the sidewalk with apprehension, cautiously gazing here and there in the dark, checking back over its shoulder at the opening and throughout “The Birds.” The guitar also has that feeling that something’s not quite right. Eerie night tonight; a great way to start 45 minutes of music. To me, “Sculpting My Desire with Discomfort” sounds like more of “The Birds,” though maybe reworked a little, and it shares the prize for most interesting song title along with “Tangibly Ghostish.” Regarding “The Yearning,” Lanahan belts forth her strong and emotional vocals with plenty of weaving vibrato that enhances this song, as the music alone speaks for its title. “Circling Currents” ups the ante a bit, continuing the melancholy, but offering a great cleansing; an exorcising of emotional discomfort and pain by belting it out. In a nutshell, or cockpit in this case (these folks are from Dayton, Ohio), this CD has its own flight pattern and is a journey of a different view that you won’t regret experiencing.
I urge you to take time to visit www.maerylanahan.com, read around and listen. Drop Ms. Lanahan a line via maery@maerylanahan.com and ask who put those dots on her cheeks (she’s cuter than Howdy Doody). Also, mark your calendar to head out to Air Devil’s Inn on June 13 to see and hear the Maery Lanahan band and local music heroes Sol 17 share a bill.

Tobias luzerne1@go.com

5/11 Maery Lanahan rocked Saratoga Springs based Bailey's Cafe
I first saw the band Maery Lanahan in Saratoga Springs at an Open Mic in Bailey's Cafe. Her band rocked so does the album Live Underwater mostly because of the twists and turns it hurls at the one who listens to it. The music on the album flows in such a weird way it is difficult to describe. You have to love to love this band it is made up of thought provoking elements that they exercise when you see them. This album is what independent music is about for those to listen and be inspired. This album will be heating up hopefully the band will play a show somewhere in my area. If not I'll go see them on tour they are that good. I talked to some other people and they really liked them when they were in Saratoga Springs.

x jeremy jarratt

best live album ever made
This album was recorded live in the studio with an audience, and no overdubs were done. And yet, at times it sounds like you hear drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, a phantom keyboard player, a bass or two, and god knows what else... all coming out of four people. It's just incredible to listen to on so many levels. Plus, the songwriting is the most unique and original to come down the pike in years. There really is no accurate way to describe these songs, simply because they're so far removed from any sort of traditional pop forms. But i'll say this much: they are often haunting, and always life-affirming (usually in the same breath). But you really have to hear it to understand. Someone should tell (Peter Gabriel's) Real World Records about Maery and her band. Bottom line: buy this record (and follow up on future releases); you'll love it.