You might not guess Cortney Tidwell hails from Nashville; her accent betrays no particular region, and despite the guitar tremolo and shuffling acoustic chords of her original recording, the song's about as obviously country as, say, Beth Orton's first efforts. But the easygoing "Stars" — with echoes of Lambchop, Portishead and Mazzy Star — is also little like the electro-pop tunes that Ewan Pearson is usually tapped to remix, which makes his triumph here all the more resounding. Of Pearson's four versions, this 12-minute epic is the best: a Kompakt-like thump adds subtle bounce as Pearson inflates Tidwell's dusty, understated grandeur — billowing guitars, diamond-edged synths — into something as tough as it is tender.
By Amelia Raitt on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Both Cortney Tidwell's grandfather and mother performed at the Grand Ole Opry, but you'd be hard-pressed to hear it in her debut album. More often than not, Tidwell is busy crafting the sorts of sonic landscapes...
By Ian Gittins on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Amiina have long hummed and sketched in the shadow of their Icelandic compatriots Sigur Ros, with whom they have sporadically toured since 2005. This immaculately poised debut album, however, earns them a glowing reputat...
By Karen Schoemer on 04.22.11 in Reviews
In 2005 Lee Hazlewood was diagnosed with cancer, and set about making a swan song. Cake or Death is a rich culmination of his life's work, organizing his off-kilter notions and willful absurdities into one handy pack...
By Philip Sherburne on 12.22.14 in Features
"If you want to know what song made me feel most alive this year, that’s easy."