A half hour of powerfully sung and warmly produced vintage country and soul in the style of Dusty Springfield or Linda Ronstadt; in other words, the exact kind of record that most people expected Jenny Lewis to put out on Saddle Creek at some point. But where her album with the Watson Twins stumbled, former D.C. indie also-ran Laura Burhenn succeeded on her 2010 debut as Mynabirds. Worlds away from the polite pop of Georgie James, Burhenn reveals herself as a commanding and compelling singer/songwriter on What We Lose in the Fire, and would later channel the force of her vocals into the politically and rhythmically aggressive Generals two years later.
By Ian Cohen on 07.19.12 in Collections
As the new millennium dawned, Omaha spawned an unusual amount of wildly talented, photogenic and outspoken artists. And while nearly all of these talents found a home on Saddle Creek, a label cofounded by Nebraska-Omaha...
By Ian Cohen on 11.26.14 in Features
The band's 2003 album serves as a Grand Theft Auto-like world where you can let your worst impulses run wild before returning to everyday existence.
By Stephen M. Deusner on 04.16.13 in Reviews
On, 2010's Personal Life, Portland trio the Thermals jettisoned the political angst that motivated their early material in favor of a more autobiographical subject matter. Frontman Hutch Harris sang about matters of the...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 08.29.12 in Reviews
Saddle Creek, from Omaha, took the best of the burgeoning emo scene and cross-bred it with American roots music. They built a homegrown empire with unforgettable releases from Conor Oberst, Tim Kasher, and the Faint, and...