LAURA GIB­SON

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goners CITY SLANg 7/10 Shape-shift­ing fifth from Ore­gon-reared folk­stress

Gib­son’s fol­low-up to 2016’s Em­pire Builder finds her tin­ker­ing with the com­plex­ion of her sound, bring­ing piano and strings to the sur­face, mostly at the ex­pense of gui­tar. It turns out to be a clever fit for the songs, which ex­am­ine themes of grief and trans­for­ma­tion in a way that’s both dream­like and al­lu­sive. kelly Pratt’s vin­tage brass and the string ar­range­ments of kyleen king pro­vide “Per­form­ers” with its woozy ap­peal, while Gib­son’s up-close voice, not dis­sim­i­lar to saman­tha Crain or Joanna New­som, brings a slanted in­ti­macy, at its most af­fect­ing on the cham­ber-folk of “Mar­jory”.

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