Laurel Brauns – House of Snow

My daughter and I have been listening—this past week while doing errands—to ‘House of Snow’ from Laurel Brauns and we both like it very much! I think she likes ‘Puppy Love’ while my fav is ‘Dreams’. As I said in my earlier post (see link), “it is the simple, yet well-played acoustic sound with Ms. Brauns’ sweet voice that hooked me.” I would add that this release is replete with a nice gathering of friends to “fill-out” the sound and the production is perfect for orchestral-folk. Never overwhelming and never overshadowing the organic feel of these songs. Ms. Brauns is offering two additional free song downloads at the end of this post.

Laurel Brauns – House of Snow mp3

Laurel Brauns – Doldrums (stream only)

Laurel Brauns – Dreams (stream only)

Please read my post from July, 2011 regarding Ms. Brauns:

Bend, OR – On September 16, 2011 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Laurel Brauns will celebrate the release of her fourth full-length album, House of Snow. The album was produced and arranged by Douglas Jenkins, creative director of the Portland Cello Project and features many of Portland’s finest musicians including Sam Cooper (Horse Feathers), Skip vonKuske (Vagabond Opera), and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists.)

The album is best classified as indie-folk with elements of neo-classical, organic gothic and earth pop. Water emerges as the most prevalent theme weaving the songs together. The title track House of Snow is a dreamy tale about a float down the Rogue River in Oregon. Doldrums is a depiction of the Great North Pacific Gyre, a swirling patch of plastic suspended in the Pacific Ocean.

Local musicians Erin Cole-Baker, Mark Ransom, Patrick Pearsall and Laurel’s sister Katie Brauns lend their voices to the song Doldrums which ends in a chorus crescendo, and guitarist and singer/songwriter Franchot Tone adds his jangly pop style to the last two tracks on the album.

Follow this link to listen Hear tracks from my new album “House of Snow”and download the first three songs of the album. Please email for a password to download the whole album or to request a hard copy.

~ by castleqwayr on September 17, 2011.

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