lauren mann – over land and sea (review)
The simple arrangements of the songs on Over Land and Sea belie a depth of haunting grace and beauty that is rare in this world of too much, too often and an inch deep. There is the folk acoustic grandeur and aching heartbreak of Sufjan Stevens, the vocal prowess of Over The Rhine and a carefree joy ready to take flight and head to True North. Like a great movie, this is the stuff that bounces around my heart and mind for days without end.
What began as a simple solo project in the summer of 2008 has, over time and travel, evolved into a powerful and dynamic folk-pop experience. Lauren Mann, the namesake and forerunner of Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, has brought an eclectic, passionate, and, as the name might give away, fairly odd group of musicians alongside her to bring greater instrumentation and dynamic to her captivating music.
Lauren’s start as a musician came long before she ever thought it as a viable career. Her parents enrolled her in classical piano lessons at the age of five, and she faithfully continued, reaching grade 8 Royal Conservatory, until it became tiresome and she found she was losing her love of playing. She ventured into jazz training and gained a refreshing perspective as well as a strong technical foundation.
In her own words, “Music is a common ground. It allows you to connect with people you may never have been able to connect with otherwise. I love that. I want to make those connections wherever I go and learn people’s stories. That’s what inspires me.” Read more bio here: http://www.laurenmannmusic.com/bio.html