Saturday October 16th
Christ Evangelical United Church
1228 East Breckinridge Street (at the corner of Barrett Avenue)
$10, 7 pm
Advance tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets and at ear X-tacy!
Our friend Doug Paisley played a show at the Swan Dive a little over a year ago with Joe Manning and Nathan Salsburg, and we’d be bothered if we didn’t tell you about the show he’s playing on the 16th here in Louisville with Cheyenne Marie Mize (if you live in Louisville, who you’re probably well aware how talented she is) and with Icelandic native Ólöf Arnalds. So there you have it, don’t miss it. Also, Doug’s new album Constant Companion is out now on No Quarter Records; buy it here: http://noquarter.net/bands/paisley.php.
There’s so much space between notes on Cheyenne Marie Mize’s debut album, “Before Lately” (sonaBLAST!), but hardly any air. Last year, on “Among the Gold,” an EP of 19th-century traditionals recorded with Will Oldham, she was a steady beacon for the purposefully erratic Mr. Oldham. On this sometimes startling collection of tough, dreamy, cloudy-sky country and chamber pop, Ms. Mize deploys her tools sparingly but effectively. Ms. Mize, from Louisville, Ky., has a rare voice, sweet without being cloying, and weary without hopelessness. On “Not” and “Waiting” she’s deliberate and undistractable, suggesting a more centered Fiona Apple. At the beginning of “Lull” just a handful of piano notes add up to something oceanic, filling a full minute before she enters with a soft whisper. “Rest” uses just a few tools — a drowsy guitar, a brushed snare — to create a heavy air of expectation. “I just want a piece of your mind,” Ms. Mize sings, drawing the sentence out over several measures, “But your mind is on the rest of the world/And how can I compare to that?”
That’s pretty cool.