Laura Gibson – Goners (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:58 minutes | 560 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © City Slang
‘Goners’ is the fifth album from acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson. Gibson co-produced the songs with engineer and friend John Askew (from her 2016 album, ‘Empire Builder’), she enlisted a number of long time collaborators, including: guitarist/synth extraordinaire Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), drummer and found-sound percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case), and stand-up bassist Nate Query (the Decemberists); then built horn and woodwind arrangements with Kelly Pratt (St. Vincent and David Byrne, Father John Misty) and imaginative string parts with Kyleen King (Stephen Malkmus, Case/Lang/Veirs). It marks the first record Gibson made after completing a MFA in writing. Her language has never felt more alive, her storytelling sharper, her imagination looser. I wanted to aim for wildness in my lyrics, not perfection. Trauma and grief are far messier than the stories we make of them. Despite this, we will forever keep telling our stories to each other.
Full moon and fog, a frozen world that reassures and unnerves in equal measure: Laura Gibson has become a lone wolf, roaming far from the pack. Since Empire Builder in 2016, the American has taken a melancholy pop turn, which has added depth to her folk music. Goners is her fifth record, and its title looks two ways at once: towards those who have been drawn out into the world, and towards the dead. Gibson has wrapped herself up in resilience, which leads to introspection. A prisoner, she paints her cell in dark colours and looks for the magical. Intense arrangements of folk harmonies on the song Clemency create an enchanting acoustic ballad. Hocus pocus, resonant acoustic guitar notes, electric distortions and captivating violins! Bit by bit, a feeling of drunkenness takes over and we fall into a trance. Is Laura Gibson singing an elegy to solitude and sadness? What’s for sure is that Goners is brilliant. The electro-pop turn works perfectly for this young woman who is demonstrating a clear talent as a songwriter. The elements all fit together nicely; the harmonies are delicious and the subtlety brings out the undeniable poetry of her shamanic songs. – Clara Bismuth
1. I Carry Water (04:05)
2. Domestication (03:51)
3. Slow Joke Grin (03:25)
4. Goners (03:24)
5. Performers (05:10)
6. Clemency (04:23)
7. Tenderness (03:36)
8. Marjory (03:21)
9. Thomas (03:26)
10. I Don’t Want Your Voice to Move Me (04:17)
Please note: Tracks “3,4,5,8,9” are in 96kHz/24bit format.