Beautiful Laura Gibson

16 Mar

My dear friend, Laura Gibson, has been described as gentle, wise, vulnerable.  Each of these words paint some picture of Laura – a small piece of her, anyway.  There is something so much more bold about her than this, though.

Laura is a pioneer of Indie, retro, vintage, gorgeous music, being the first of the NPR Tiny Desk series, among other things.  What I love about Laura’s music, above all, is how sweet it sounds.  Even when the tone of a song is quite dark, what you take away from it is something much closer to white, or relief.

Her lyrics are artful and deliberate.  She is smart, and you can tell, but there is nothing forced.  By drawing on an array of instruments and funky vintage microphones, and with the support of her fabulous band, Laura is making music that is both new and reminiscent.  It’s truly something to hear.

As one stop on an extensive North American tour, Laura and her band played a show here in Chicago, at the Hideout, last week (if you recall, the last time we were at the Hideout it was for a show of a very different nature).  It was a privilege, as always, to be in the audience.  Laura has a wonderful elfin presence – not that she is short – but she is at once demure and fully engaging.  You are compelled to watch and listen, but the watching and listening are not passive – you have to really look, somehow.

Laura’s recent album, La Grande, is lovely.  On this tour, she is playing songs from La Grande, as well as a few songs from prior albums (she has released eight, I believe).  And, throughout the show, Laura and the band share great stories from their recent European tour.  (She was cornered, for example, by the host of a French radio program and pressed to describe when exactly (or maybe how?) she lost her innocence.  This incident in response to Laura describing the track off La Grande, “Skin, Warming Skin,”  as a song about loss of innocence.  Laura tells the story in such a sweet and funny way, with a self-proclaimed horrible French accent (though I thought it totally worked).)

As we speak (write!), Laura and her band are playing and telling stories at South By Southwest.  If you are there, go see her!  You can check out her schedule here.

Of all the ways Laura and her unique presence and musical offerings can be described, for me, beautiful suits her best.

4 Responses to “Beautiful Laura Gibson”

  1. arianne1220 March 17, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    This is written so well, Diz. Good post!

    • Diz March 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks, Ari! I appreciate it.

  2. Molly March 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    Beautiful, truly. Makes me want to go listen! Maybe one day there will be a rave review like this about one of my performances. One can only hope… And Ari, I look forward to meeting you!!!

    • Diz March 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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