10:29 AM EST, January 4, 2012
When you are a fan of a music scene as robust and talented as the one we have here in Connecticut it's sometimes too easy to forget about an artist you really like. That's one reason why I've grown to love this daily exercise. Because every now and then I pick up a CD I haven't listened to in awhile and I get to revisit its awesomeness. Today I revisit the awesomeness of Ponybird.
New Haven's Ponybird is a full band in a live setting but for recording purposes it's really the one woman show masterminded by Jennifer Dauphinais. On this EP alone she is responsible for vocals, guitar, percussion, piano, bass and harmonica. When we interviewed her for the Band Show back in 2010 I was amazed that music so lush and so powerful can come from someone's living room. I always knew that with today's home studio recording tools that you could do some amazing things but to actually find yourself in a place where something so special was created is a very surreal experience indeed.
This EP, originally released in 2008, is a testament to one woman's musical vision. It's five songs of atmospheric indie folk, sprinkled with elements of alt-country. It's music that reminds me of the deserts of my youth in places like Arizona and Southern California. I put this record on and close my eyes and I'm transported to dusk on a lonesome highway in the southwest where tumbleweed outnumber people. The point being that the music of Ponybird easily takes you to a zen place if you let it. Maybe your's isn't a desert, maybe it's a forest or a mountaintop. Whatever or wherever it may be this is the perfect soundtrack for it.
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