Zoe Keating and Pomplamoose - Always in the Season, also Lhasa de Sela - Mostly, it is...
Jan. 6th, 2010
03:25 pm - Zoe Keating and Pomplamoose - Always in the Season, also Lhasa de Sela
I've been a fan of Zoe Keating for several years now. She's a cellist, composer and electronic artist who does all sorts of modern experimental art stuff (and business stuff too). I think that I first became aware of her work, approximately simultaneously, in the context of her being, at the time, one fifth of Rasputina, and some of her earlier stuff when I was searching for new music and artists from the starting point of the album Saturday Night Hay Fever, Bluegrass artists cover Disco Hits (really, better than it might appear on first inspection), by now defunct labour-of-love micro-label "Skipping Discs" (through which I was exposed to "Tegan and Sara" earlier than I would have been otherwise).
Anyway, she recently recorded cello for Pomplamoose on their song Always in the Season that points out that charity, generosity and companionship need not be seasonal virtues. Even if you don't give a goat, the indie-bedroom-studio video is really quite endearing.
I've mentioned Lhasa de Sela to some of you before. Words in the family of wonder and magic crop up a lot in descriptions of the performances and recordings of this multilingual, multidisciplinary artist. For those who like poetic lyrics that tell a story, I highly recommend her. Read ANYWHERE ON THIS ROAD, and SOON THIS SPACE WILL BE TOO SMALL for example. For a taste of the skill of her composition and performance go here and sample PARA EL FIN DEL MUNDO O EL AÑO NUEVO and CON TODA PALABRA off of her second album The Living Road.
She is one of the artists whose recordings I strongly prefer to listen to uncompressed. According to my iTunes, I haven't listened to any of her music since early 2005, nor have I heard it many times. I attended only one of her performances, and that back in 2003. Nonetheless, it figures highly in my consideration of favourite artists. Her work sticks.
She died five days ago, at home in Montreal, at 37 years of age. She is, and will continue to be, missed.