Thursday, February 3, 2011

Karen Elson – Cruel Summer

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover Karen Elson, who is also apparently Jack White’s wife (how the hell did I miss that one).

If you’ve already heard her stuffs you are way ahead of me on this one, but for those who have been living under rock like me, check out “Cruel Summer” from her debut album The Ghost Who Walks, released in the summer of 2010 on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Inspired by the epic thunderstorms and the summer rains of Nashville, “Cruel Summer” is a dark mournful love song punctuated by the tumultuous weather.

The acoustic version below is particularly striking as her lovely voice with its lilting Southern twang is on full display, surprising considering that she was born and raised in England. Also be sure to check out the rest of the album, which is produced by Jack White and has a great dark gothic folk rock feel that sounds like a less macabre Blanche or a southern version of Dead Man’s Bones.

No comments:

Post a Comment