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Laura DiStasi

by Laura DiStasi

There is beauty and truth in our lightest and darkest moments -feeling the affects of city life, and the changing of seasons- it's in this space that Laura wrote this new EP- produced by Josh Kaler (Slow Runner, William Fitzsimmons).
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1. Colors and Shapes
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2. Humming Along
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3. Go On
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4. Covered in Snow
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Album Notes
Of Laura DiStasi a fellow artist once said, "Her music does what every songwriter wishes their music could do: it hollows you out, then fills you back in. It breaks your heart and builds you a new one. It moves you."

A singer/songwriter by way of Southern New Jersey, Boston, MA, and now Brooklyn, NY, Laura DiStasi's music captures both the vibrancy and isolation of city life. Her lyrics hit close to the bone and are heavy with imagery. She plucks moments from the everyday, holding up promise in one hand and heartbreak in the other. The music feels its way though impressionistic landscapes, exploring the complex depth of relationships and change… nostalgic, yet hopeful… that anything worth lamenting is, once was, or could be beautiful.

Best known as the writer and voice behind the electro-pop collaboration 'Measure', Laura has been performing original compositions as far back as a piano recital at age 8.

While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Laura met and worked with multi-instrumentalist/producer Josh Kaler. The two remained friends through the years, while Josh lived in Charleston playing and recording with his band, Slow Runner, and co-producing with Jay Clifford (Jump Little Children) for their production house, Hello Telescope. Josh pulled Laura in to sing back-up on a track for William Fitzsimmon's 2011 release Gold in the Shadow, which resulted in Laura touring Europe in 2010, performing solo to support William, and then playing keys and singing as a member of his backing band.

Following the tour, Laura asked Josh to produce three songs for a new EP. This 2011 self-titled release clearly defines Laura's sound as a solo artist, separate from the more electronic collaborative sound that characterizes Measure.

It's no surprise that people hear their most intimate thoughts echoed in phrases of Laura's songs. She finds her inspiration delving into moments of her own life and empathizing with those around her. There is beauty and simplicity in our lightest and darkest of moments, feeling the affects of city life, and the changing of seasons - it's in this space that Laura wrote the four tracks on the new EP.

Most often touring up and down East Coast U.S.A. and Canada, Laura eagerly awaits an opportunity to tour the U.S. more extensively and return to Europe. To date, she has shared the stage with artists such as William Fitzsimmons, Nada Surf, Ellis Paul, Fountains of Wayne, Chris Barron, Slow Runner, Tom Brosseau, and Caroline, to name a few.

Beyond the live show, Laura's song "Begin Again" was a John Lennon Songwriting Contest (USA) Finalist and winner of the 100% Music Contest (France). Her music has been prominently placed on television shows, such as “Melrose Place”, NBC's “Mercy”, MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and "Teen Mom", ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars", as well used in a Public Service Announcement narrated by Morgan Freeman for volunteerism, a cause dear to Laura who recently completed her third marathon to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Releases include Laura's 2005 debut "Winters Never Quit", Measure's 2008 debut "Begin Again", a 2010 3-song pre-release for Measure's highly anticipated LP - due out late fall of 2011, the 2010 Measure holiday single "Auld Lang Syne", and most recently Laura DiStasi's self titled EP - due out August 15, 2011.


Album Credits:
Words and Music by Laura DiStasi
2011 Snow Day Music/Laura DiStasi ASCAP

Produced by Josh Kaler
Recorded and Mixed at Hello Telescope in Charleston, SC by Josh Kaler *

Laura DiStasi - Piano and Vocals
Josh Kaler - Drums, Bass, Percussion, Guitars, Banjo, Glockenspiel, and additional keyed instruments

Mastered by Matthew Azevedo

*Vocals for tracks 2 and 4 recorded by David Little in Brooklyn, NY
*Piano for tracks 1, 2, and 3 recorded by Mike Beck at Secret Society Music in Brooklyn, NY

Cover photo by Shervin Lainez

Album layout and design by Olive Argyle

www.lauradistasi.com

Heartfelt gratitude to all who helped in the making of this EP and all who support this music by purchasing a copy. Thank you.

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Higher Plain Music

Something about her...
Laura DiStasi’s music is fragile and broken yet somehow manages to feel so much more than the sum of its parts. Across the four tracks on this EP I felt like I’d been let into a window of so much more than I had heard. That’s the mark of a great musical artist.
“Colours and Shapes” opens with a simple piano/guitar riff with Laura’s hushed vocals washing against the echo brushed percussion. It’s production echofades across the speakers and warms your ears although the song is a meloncholy one. “Humming Along” reminds me of the debut album Bat for Lashes crossed with Julia Marcell’s album. A catchy minimalist track with just piano, percussion and vocals to fill the speakers. If I were to be critical, it sounds slightly wooden but then that’s part of the appeal – like everythings about to collapse. “Go On” is a very slow waltz which feels slightly too long for my liking but it does hold a certain emotional space. Maybe I’ve not been in the mood for slow ballads lately! “Covered in Snow” closes the EP with a beautiful piano /vocal track which highlights Laura’s vocal techniques and more fluid piano playing.

I must say, reading back over the review I’ve not been particularly heaping the praise on this EP but as I mentioned at the beginning, there’s just something. Maybe its the weighty voice, the minimal production, the weariness across every note played. Something elevates it much higher than what’s really there… and that is Laura DiStasi.
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Sara

I love this
I've been following Laura on Facebook since seeing her at Caffe Vivaldi about a year ago and downloaded this new ep. I have to say I am completely in love with it. It just speaks to my heart, and I can't get Humming Along out of my head! Love the re-make of Go On - I think this is also on the Measure ep. My favorite song on the album is actually the last one. So pretty. Anyway, I wanted to write because I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. My only complaint is I wish it was a full length!
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