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Angelica Garcia — Medicine for Birds (September 30, 2016)

Angelica Garcia — Medicine for Birds (September 30, 2016)

      Angelica Garcia — Medicine for Birds (Sept. 30, 2016)                                                                        ∆  Vocalist Songwriter Tangerine
Influences: Lucinda Williams, Jack White, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Radiohead, J.J. Cale, Mississippi John Hurt.
∆     Singer and songwriter Angelica Garcia’s journey “down the rabbit hole” began when she moved to Accomac, Virginia. Graduating from Los Angeles School for the Arts, the 17~year~old native Angeleno found herself living in a 200~year~old gothic brick home encircled by magnolia trees and under a blanket of bright stars. Her stepfather traded a career in the music industry for Episcopalian priesthood, and an Eastern Shore church would serve as his (and the family’s) first congregation. Isolated and alone, Angelica locked herself in the parish house and fashioned a musical world that veers between ghostly gorgeous countrified blues and sly swamp Americana. With a childlike whimsy, quirky sense of humor, and dynamic delivery, it could easily soundtrack an apparitions’ ball in some Faulknerian mansion. Upon first listen, it entranced Warner Bros. Records. Recorded by Charlie Peacock [The Civil Wars, Switchfoot] in Nashville, her full~length debut Medicine For Birds unlocks this world for everyone in 2016.              Location: Accomac ~ Richmond, Virginia.
Album release: September 30, 2016
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records & Tapes
Duration:     47:55
01 Little Bird     2:19  
02 Bridge on Fire     3:21  
03 Magnolia Is Medicine     2:56  
04 Woman I’m Hollerin’     3:16  
05 Orange Flower     4:22  
06 Pray     5:43  
07 Tangerine     0:48  
08 The Devil Can Get In     3:58  
09 Loretta Lynn     6:14  
10 Red Moon Rising     4:59  
11 Call Me Later     2:49  
12 Twenty     7:10
■   Ruby Amanfu Vocals (Background)
■   Sam Ashworth Guitar (Acoustic)
■   Jay Bellerose Drums, Percussion
■   Richie Biggs Mixing
■   Steve Brewster Drums
■   Scott Dente Guitar (Acoustic)
■   Dan Dugmore Lap Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel
■   Austin Fray Steel Pads, Toms, Toy Piano
■   Angelica Garcia Composer, Fender Rhodes, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Harmonica, Percussion, Photography, Synthesizer, Vocals (Background), Wurlitzer, Xylophone
■   Antonio Garcia Photography
■   Kenny Greenberg Guitar (Electric)
■   Mark Hill Bass
■   Ross Holmes Violin
■   Andy Leftwich Mandolin, Violin
■   Steven Lieweke Guitar (Acoustic)
■   Brent McCormick Design
■   Jerry McPherson Guitar (Electric), Sitar (Electric)
■   Charlie Peacock Drum Programming, Drums, Engineer, Fender Rhodes, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Orchestration, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Programming, Synthesizer Bass
■   David Piltch String Bass
■   Matt Slocum Cello
■   Jeff Taylor Accordion, Organ, Pump Organ                                                               Review
■   Angelica Garcia’s songs take unexpected swoops. Sometimes it’s the music, which is steeped in country–rock and blues, with flickers of indie–rock desolation; sometimes it’s her voice, which is sure and conspiratorial, bendy and grounded. Most often, though, it’s her words, which come together in surprising patterns, a blend of old–timey formalism and magical storytelling.
■   “A lot of my lyrics are inspired by conversation — they’ll say one thing that sticks out to me, and I get inspired,” Ms. Garcia said, discussing her debut album, “Medicine for Birds,” over the phone from her new apartment in Richmond, Va.
■   She uses those moments to enrich her stories about fleeing the nest, shedding expectations and, sometimes, about burning any connection between the then and the now. Literally, in the case of “Bridge on Fire”: “Baby, like a moth enamored with the light/watched it beam by beam ignite!/Praying with an exhilarating fright that a gale would double up its size.”
■   On the bracing “Loretta Lynn,” she stews over the ways relationships are prisons: “They told us we were their heiresses/a trick to conjure submissiveness/so we’d be lame, but great in appearances.”                                                                  ■   “Medicine for Birds,” due on Sept. 30 from Warner Bros., is a lovely, intense album that’s deliciously unfaithful to the roots and country music that inspired it. Ms. Garcia discovered those sounds at a young age, thanks to her stepfather, a longtime music executive. (He worked in management and A&R for acts including Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos.)
■   “My mom taught me how to sing,” she said. “My stepdad taught me what to listen to.”
■   Ms. Garcia, 22, was raised mostly on the eastern side of Los Angeles, where her mother, aunt and uncle all sang mariachi. After high school, she moved with her family to tiny Accomac, Va., on the state’s Eastern Shore, when her stepfather, who’d left the music business to become an Episcopal priest, took over a congregation.
■   The move was “a healing process,” Ms. Garcia said; her senior year of high school was stressful, as both her mother and stepfather struggled with their health. The town was quiet and had almost no people her age. Instead, there were stunning landscapes and cemeteries — inspiration for writing was everywhere.
■   She recorded the “Medicine for Birds” demos in the parish house, using GarageBand, a handful of instruments and a shoe box for a drum. (She tapped a pen on various objects until she found one that approximated a cymbal.) Last year, she brought the recordings to Nashville to work with the producer Charlie Peacock (the Civil Wars, Switchfoot), who helped build the songs into dynamic shapes that looked different depending on your angle — faithful, sturdy, reticent, heretical.
■   But even as the music pulls Ms. Garcia in wildly different directions, there’s nothing more exciting to her than what she’s saying: “I geek out over words.”
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Website: http://www.angelicagarcia.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelicaGarcia
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angelicagarciamusic                                     

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