Rachel Ries | Without a Bird

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Without a Bird

by Rachel Ries

"This record is like taking a luxurious bath in an Art Deco tub on the rooftop of a lived-in brownstone on a starry night." - Casey Rae-Hunter, Seven Days Vermont
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Learning Too Slow
3:12 $0.99
2. Never You Mind
2:53 $0.99
3. When Will You Be Mine?
3:27 $0.99
4. Chicago
4:16 $0.99
5. Fine, I'm Fine
3:14 $0.99
6. Visit
5:34 $0.99
7. I Could Leave
4:50 $0.99
8. Without a Bird
3:21 $0.99
9. Hands to Water
4:43 $0.99
10. Here We Lie in Wait
3:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rachel Ries ("reese") crafts songs of love & loss and the steady tussle between city & country – each with its pull; each with its perfection. Hailing from South Dakota but residing in the wilds of Chicago, she writes, makes homemade jam and tours from small town to city and back. She is often backed by the Brawny Angels, comprised of Ariel Bolles on upright bass & vocals and a revolving cast of musicians scattered about the country.

"Without a Bird," Rachel's second full-length album, is a warm and carefully orchestral record, featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians: Kevin O'Donnell on drums (Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, Neko Case, Jon Rauhouse); Joel Paterson on guitar & pedal steel (Bloodshot Records, Devil in a Woodpile, Kelly Hogan); Alison Chesley on cello (Bob Mould, Poi Dog Pondering, Verbow); Ariel Bolles on upright bass & vocals (Bakelite 78, The Middle 8) and Maria McCullough on violin. At the core of the album, though, are Rachel's unmistakably subtle and telling vocals, offered up with care by her electric & acoustic guitars, piano and Wurlitzer.

The new album was recorded & mixed analog and is available on both CD & vinyl through Rachel's own label, SoDak Records. Visit www.myspace.com/rachelries to purchase an LP of "Without a Bird."



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Craig Bonnell, Songs:Illinois

From Songs:Illinois
I’ve been listening to it for weeks, but continue to hear new things in Rachel’s classically trained voice, in the beautiful analog recording, and in the sparse yet perfectly aligned backing band. It’s hard to sum up any great songwriter in just one or two sentences, but for me Rachel’s songs are such a marvel of simplicity and restraint. Each lyrical phrase is usually just right, and when it is so carefully and fully enunciated in her vocals it’s a joy to behold.

Tom Neff, Grassy Hill Radio

as blurred as a love note...
The best of today's indie music matters as urgently as any I've heard in the last twenty years, and it ain't just rock anymore. The boundaries are as blurred as a love note left out in the rain. Rachel's recent work gets within hailing distance of blues, jazz, pop, and of course folk… I get the feeling she wants to move beyond the labels. That's smart, and it's also youth speaking. Ultimately the songs speak for themselves. Not a note wasted, not a cheap lyrical shortcut taken, just an endless cycle of sassy elegies and scrutable prophecies.

ann-elizabeth barnes

without a bird
I've been listening to this cd only for this evening and know already that rachel's music will resound in my ears for a long time. Her vocals are haunting and remain echoing long after the song is over. I hope to hear her live at the Helsinki Cafe in Great Barrington ! I'll bring her a coffee, or whatever she wants to drink!!!