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Jolie Holland

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The Chapel
8:00 PM (doors 7:00 PM)
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Apr 16 2007 Aug 13 2009

"'I don't like Robert Johnson,' Holland says, 'but I've got an awesome live recording of [singer-songwriter] Entrance doing 'Love In Vain.' His version goes, 'When the train left the station, there were two lights on behind / the blue light was the blues and the red light was my mind / is all my love in vain?'

It's a nice coincidence, then, that when writing notes on her third album, Springtime Can Kill You, Holland was on a train. What she wrote, in fact (her aversion to Johnson aside), is as unvarnished and poetic as that song. As well, it's a consummately eloquent sketch of the record and through-line for this bio. She writes: This baby is the picture of a lovesick, convoluted mind. Sometimes my voice is as a lusty young woman, sometimes an adoring friend, sometimes a tormented soul, sometimes a whispering ghost.

Just as with her lauded 2003 basement-tapes, Catalpa, and 2004's studio debut Escondida, Holland writes with a soft focus and a sharp edge (and sometimes vice-versa). Springtime Can Kill You takes this approach to a transcendent level. Holland's sepia-toned song noir and billowy voice are in rare form as she weaves ethereal tales at a crossroads where haunting meets joyful - hers is a voice from the heavens singing stories of the underworld. The songs rise and fall like heavy eyelids and convey the peace of a place between asleep and awake. Sounds from past and present-tense waltz together to a never-ending melody that flickers between folk, jazz, blues and pop as Holland's characters and situations play on surrealistic celluloid."

[reproduced or excerpted from band website linked above]

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