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    online listen
    this is too weird for me
    touches on opera at points
    art rock I guess
    sort of a Johanna Newsom voice
    who I prefer watching to listening
    not my thing but it may be yours
    1.1 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Child Of God

    released Sept 18th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    As a teen, Colorado-born singer/songwriter/guitarist Josephine Foster honed her vocal skills at weddings and
    funerals. Her initial career aspirations leaned toward opera, but as she neared her twenties it was the music of Tin
    Pan Alley and early British folk that became her muse, resulting in a series of demos that would eventually morph
    into 2000's ukulele-heavy There Are Eyes Above and 2001's collection of children's songs entitled Little Life. She
    eventually relocated to Chicago, where she spent her days as a singing teacher and her evenings performing with her
    various bands, including Born Heller (a sparse and spooky duo featuring free jazz bassist Jason Ajemian) and the
    Children's Hour (a whimsical indie pop band with fellow Windy City songwriter Andrew Bar).

    Foster returned to her solo career for 2004's All the Leaves Are Gone, a ghostly and occasionally jarring collection
    of folk-infused psychedelic rock tunes with her newly formed backing band, the Supposed. It was followed in 2005 by
    the quiet, rustic, and bluesy Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You. A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, an acid-washed rendering of
    19th century-style art songs culled from the works of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms, was released in 2006, followed
    by This Coming Gladness in 2008 and Graphic as a Star in 2009.

    In 2010, Foster released Anda Jaleo, her first collaboration with singer/husband Victor Herrera. It was a new
    version of Las Canciones Populares, a collection of folk songs first recorded by Federico García Lorca and La
    Argentinita in 1931. The pair followed it up with Perlas in 2012, an analog, live-in-the-studio collection of
    forgotten songs and poems drawn from Spanish folk traditions of Castile and the Basque, among other things. Four
    months later, Foster released Blood Rushing, recorded in Colorado with her husband, the Entrance Band's Paz
    Lenchantin, Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw), and Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle).

    Album Review - from allmusic

    After two recordings of Spanish folk songs with her partner Victor Herrero and his band, Josephine Foster returns to
    songwriting for Blood Rushing, her third offering for Fire Records. Recorded in Colorado with producer Andrija Tokic
    (Alabama Shakes), Foster’s band on the outing consists of Herrero and Foster (guitars); Paz Lenchantin (Indian
    flute, bass, and violin); Heather Trost (violin, Indian violin, and jaw harp), and Ben Trimble (skin drums).
    According to the artist, this recording is a ballet chante (sung ballet), a story within a story, about a heteronym
    she created for herself called "Blushing." (The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa had three of these unique
    identities, and he wrote from their perspective styles all the time.) While the concept is intriguing, it’s the
    songs and music that will matter to most listeners. Foster pulls one of her magic acts here, combining a range of
    songs and styles that shouldn’t work together, but in that magnificent voice of hers, are seamless. There are
    several organic, folk-flavored titles including the beautiful "Panorama Wide," with plucked and bowed violin,
    Spanish guitar, hand drums, and Foster's voice (with Trost’s backing) hovering, swooping, soaring, and warbling.
    "Child of God" balances the unmistakable sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s "Proud Mary" with gospel and just
    enough of the Velvet Underground to keep things completely off-kilter. The title track is the hinge piece of the
    record. Foster sings in the first person as Blushing, her acoustic guitar her only accompaniment for the first verse
    before being joined by percussion. Trost and Foster sing in the refrain "Her name is Blushing, you can hear her
    blood rushing…." Violin, Herrero’s electric guitar, and a bass come through all breezy as Foster goes for the upper
    end of her register and sends it over the top. “Geyser” is whacked-out, post-psych rock with screaming violin,
    distorted electric guitar, organic percussion, and Foster setting her inner Yoko Ono free. Closer “Words Come Loose”
    offers a meld of Pan-American rhythms, folk, and rock in a song that essentially underscores the shifting meaning of
    the lyrics on the entire album. As lovely and sparse as Anda Jaleo and Perlas were, it is Blood Rushing that offers
    us the most of Foster, as a singer, a singular songwriter, and an artful conceptualist.

    Track Listing

    1. Waterfall
    2. Panorama Wide
    3. Sacred Is The Star
    4. Child Of God
    5. Blood Rushing
    6. The Wave of Love
    7. O Stars
    8. Geyser
    9. Underwater Daughter
    10. Words Come Loose

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    i must admit that i do like the link, maybe a bit of a Joni Mitchell vocal type sound in there also???...not that im a big fan of Joni mind you.

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