By Josiah HughesThough she's developed a full career as a member of the New Pornographers and Immaculate Machine, Victoria-based pianist and singer Kathryn Calder had never written and recorded a full album as a solo artist. Recently, she rectified this by setting up a home studio with the Hive's Colin Stewart and banging out the ten tracks found on her debut solo effort Are You My Mother?
According to a press release, this was the first time that Calder was forced to fully realize her songs, as she previously brought half-ideas to practice and let her bands finalize them. As a result, Are You My Mother? is an intimate look at Calder's self-discovery as she blossoms into a solo artist.
While she was taking the reins, however, the album does feature guest appearances from her New Pornographers band-mates Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey and Neko Case, as well as members of Ladyhawk and Frog Eyes.
Are You My Mother? will be released by File Under: Music on August 10. For now, album opener "Slip Away" can be downloaded here.
Are You My Mother?:
1. "Slip Away" 2. "Low" 3. "Castor and Pollux" 4. "Arrow" 5. "If You Only Knew" 6. "Follow Me Into the Hills" 7. "Down the River" 8. "A Day Long Past It's Prime" 9. "So Easily" 10. "All It Is"