Life is full of surprises, and nobody knows this
better than Kathryn Calder. After years of performing
with indie darlings Immaculate Machine, she found
herself unexpectedly asked to record and tour with
The New Pornographers and was almost immediately
inducted as a full-fledged member of that group.
In 2010 she released her first solo album, Are You
My Mother?, which garnered glowing reviews and
foreshadowed the vast array of sonic experimentation
the songwriter was capable of exploring.
Now, just one year after the release of her debut
(which was dedicated to the memory of her late
mother), Calder has returned with another full-length
record. Written and recorded in a relatively short
amount of time, the appropriately titled Bright and
Vivid is a masterfully refined piece of work that
illustrates a maturation that can only come from
intense growth and change.
Backed by a newly minted band consisting of
Lane Arndt, Stefan Bozenich, and Marek Tyler,
Kathryn also worked with friends & fans including
Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), Dean
Tzenos (Odonis Odonis), Barry Mirochnick & Paul
Rigby (Neko Case), Jesse Zubot, and Ford Pier.
Always intriguing ... There is still levity in her
voice a crisp, bright alto that s reminiscent of
Jenny Lewis but it has far less bounce and
naivety here. --Pitchfork
Alluring sparkle and lilt ... Members of The New
Pornographers, Ladyhawke, and Frog Eyes chip
in, but Calder s confident voice and commanding
presence anchors it all. --Paste