Ivy Mairi has a new album (No Talker) coming out on Latent. It isn’t officially available until October, but in the meantime it will be exclusively available through Ivy’s site, later today. Ivy also has a CD release gig at the Dakota tomorrow night (Thursday), so come on down if you are in the area. I’ll be blogging more about the album in the next few days.
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This drastically beautiful woman puts on one hell of a show, and the legendary Dakota Tavern amplified it with the accumulated energy of its many years of great shows and great ambiance. She played through most of her new Latent CD, No Talker, a copy of which I scored tonight and to which I’ll need to listen a few times to get the names of the songs right. A few of my favorites were the title song, her onstage version of which ached it way to a powerful crescendo and then precipitated out like the aftermath of an exploding skyrocket, the elegant and lyrical “Something of Love” and “Bruise,” and “East of the Don,” with its sublime arrangement of guitar, mandolin and banjo. Another great up-tempo number from the new CD is “Scar,” with which the band kicked the set up a notch and filled the floor with dancers. Ivy closed her set with a beautiful acapella number sung with two friends – I’ll need to get the name of that one tomorrow – and an explosive cover of “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.”
She was clearly revved for this debut concert of a disc she said he’d been working on for eight months, and she’s kinetic, vivacious and great fun to watch as well as listen to. She’s got a very interesting, multi-layered voice. It has a vaporous kind of vulnerability to it, as a patina on a husky, sensual core and a high octave that can turn to steel or break and fall away with the implicit pathos of Icarus. It can be sweet, anguished and frankly erotic at the same time. I’ve only ever heard some of one other CD of hers, 2009’s Well You, which I’ve enjoyed and will need to listen to more closely now that I’m hooked. However, the maturity factor in arrangement, lyricism and vocal styling from that earlier disc to this new one is pretty impressive. Give her a listen.