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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.

Review

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

1. One Two Three
2. Who Are You?
3. Turn a Light On
4. Walking in My Sleep
5. All the Things
6. Right Book
7. New Frame of Mind
8. City of Sounds
9. Five More Years
10. Younger Than We've Ever Been

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FILE UNDER MUSIC
  • ASIN: B005DKGNQM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Petro on October 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Kathryn Calder
Bright and Vivid
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Angelic British Columbia, Canadian Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers / Immaculate Machine) sings with abandon, fearlessly ushering in the new. Bright and Vivid is an exposé, an adventure and offers listeners a broad palate crossing multiple genres and instrumentally-erected boundaries. Calder also, at times, bares one of the most furtive and innocent synth/voice combos since the Postal Service era (sans-any undermining emo pretenses). Her songwriting explores the limits of keyboard driven melody while dodging the alluring, yet passing chill wave. She tinkers with unusual chamber pop instrumentation: invoking strings and superficial electronic orchestration. Although her voice in the New Pornographers is traditionally unmarred by production effects, here she asserts distortion and veils her tone into the music.

"Walking in My Sleep" recalls Figurine, where indeed twee is conjured, but Calder takes a matured route. Drums, electric guitars and vibrant lyrics build on her roots as the chorus arrives on a riff. Throughout her sophomore release, the songwriting focuses on the kind of change and independence the album, in every sense, is uniquely sewn.

Then there are larks like "All the Things" where vocals hide beneath the folds of instrumentation, emerging momentarily midway, where Calder's soft tone rises from plucking violins and bowing cellos, singing "Finally, I see how it truly is / and it has taken me a while."

Calder has come into her own forking from the New Pornographer boy/girl interplay, tightening a signature sound that's textured and gem-filled.
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By Lucy Robertson on April 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD for one tune but through the course of listening to it in the car, I found myself liking one track after another even more the song that originally brought me to the CD. The words sort of escape me but it's the melodic hooks and vocal acrobatics that I came to love. It's a very fun and uplifting recording.
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By Mark W. Huffhines on December 13, 2014
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Excellent recording.
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