In Between Dreams— Top 5 local Western North Carolina albums of 2015. In tone, mood,
instrumentation and narrative, this is wildly creative but steadfastly
consistent collection. Russo’s strange and wonderful voice stitches
those parts into a consummate whole. https://mountainx.com/arts/top-five-local-album-releases-of-2015/
Local musician Erica Russo released her new album, In Between Dreams,
over the summer. And at the end of September, she put out a video for
the otherworldly track, “Dreams.” The sparse setting and
mostly-from-the-back shots of Russo playing guitar and drums with two
peddles adds to the song’s spooky feel.
This is a haunted collection, sometimes brushed lightly by gentle
specters and sometimes anguished with lost souls. The prettiness of the
album is less about aesthetic beauty and more about a delicate delivery
that reveals itself — especially on songs like “Limbs” — to be raw and
unafraid of rough edges. Russo’s voice is a whisper that tears into a
shout, the guitar is rhythmic with cool slices of wavering melody, the
percussion the a spare thump — a gritty heartbeat propelling the song
“Barnacle,” drifting and pensive, finds its rhythm mainly in the
picking of strings which, though electrified, feel organic and tidal.
Russo’s lyrics, though simple — and delivered with spacious phrasing in
which her voice is allowed to tremble, grasp and float — are also
personal and revealing. “These days I never know, I never know why /
These days I never say, I never say hi / These days I’m far too shy,”
she sings. There’s no evidence, of course, that Russo is drawing from
her own experiences. Her songs could be the emotional storyboards of
fictional characters. That works, too — the sentiments still hover
between odd and universal.
“Gravel Roads,” boomy as if it was recorded in the bottom of a well,
could be a Southern Gothic soundtrack. The refrain, “Now it’s sunshine
all the time, and my baby’s on my mind,” is especially eerie up against
the minor chords and chugging beat.
Returning to the album’s original theme, “Dream Catcher” — part
lulling, part terrifying — has a warm and ambling guitar part over some
ghostly background atmospherics. “What happens to the plans that never
get seen through, what happens to dreams that die to young to get to?”
Russo asks. Her voice breaks savagely on the chorus before returning to a
soft rasp. That song, from its simple construction, to its dynamic and
chilling performance, to its stuttering end, is a stand out.
The nine-song collection concludes with “Times Like This.” At under
two minutes, the song capitalizes on the poignancy of its repeated line.
This is flash fiction with a sharpened edge. But it also stays true to
the album’s continuum. In Between Dreams, in tone, mood,
instrumentation and narrative, is wildly creative but steadfastly
consistent. Russo’s strange and wonderful voice stitches those parts
into a consummate whole. https://mountainx.com/arts/sound-track-in-between-dreams-by-erica-russo/
THE DELI NYC
With the slightest of hands, Erica Russo pulls mesmerizing stories from deep inside her dreadlocks, and rests them on grooves of wood and wire. With band The Good Sport, latest record 'Little House, Little Hill' pulls every ounce of energy from her bones, and she couldn't be more relaxed and at ease to deliver the message. A fascinating bundle of energy, there’s more to hear here with every listen.
See the acoustic crooner live when she plays The Bowery Electric Map Room Wed, May 15. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)NEWSPAPER
Sometimes you know somethings good because it gives you those little shivers down your spine. When Erica Russo, head honcho of, well, Erica Russo and the Good Sports starts singing, it has this sort of fragile beauty that it caused much squirming in the backseat mafia offices (my front room). But then it also confounds you, because just as you begin to think this is a folky little gem, then it suddenly throws in a bit of slightly more angular indie pop, twisting and turning your expectations. It’s like the bubblegum in Charlie and the Chocolate factory that gives you a three course meal the more you chew it. http://backseatmafia.com/2013/11/06/see-erica-russo-and-the-good-sport-new-video/
TAKEN BY SOUND
A band out of Cambridge, Massachusetts that have put together one of the more effortlessly cool albums of 2013 in thir LP Little House, Little Hill that was released a little earlier this year. The album blends together Erica's heartfelt and honest lyrical style with a delightful music backing that moves between whimsical and wonderful at all times. To put it simply, Erica is more than your average artist trying to break into the music industry. She's an individul that lives and breathes her craft, and the results can be seen and heard in her music. http://www.takenbysound.com/erica-russo#!an-interview-with-erica-russo/cotp
Our featured artist this week is New York folk band Erica Russo And The Good Sport consisting of Erica herself, Billy Leva, John Zurek and Ryland Hall. Not your average day folk band, these guys bring fire of truth and energy into their songs. After listening to their new album Little House, Little Hill this week, Erica Russo and The Good Sport are certainly ones to watch out for. Describing their sound as ‘Like light coming through orange curtains onto an honest, stripped down and dirty wall. Soft, but with a fire of truth and energy’ - fragile yet beautiful with drops of folk, indie and articulate vocals, their music will leave you wanting more.
The band recently released their new music video to the leading single Little House, Little Hill. With clever animations and live shots, bright colors and funky costumes, the video is articulate and entices their beautiful sound. http://creativesessionspresents.com/2013/11/15/new-music-erica-russo-and-the-good-sport-little-house-little-hill-music-video/
There’s conflict among the woodland creatures in “Little House, Little Hill,” a semi-recent claymation video from Erica Russo and the Good Sport. The song is the title track to the Brooklyn indie-folk band’s 2013 album, their third LP (along with an EP) since the band members met in 2008 in Cambridge, Mass.
The video follows a bird who awakes to discover a full jar of sunflower seeds has been emptied while she slept, and sets out to find the thief. Was it the squirrel who lurks outside her birdhouse? The frog zapping sunflower seeds off a nearby lily pad before disappearing into the pond? Or the porcupine who fires quills at her when confronted? The bird does her best to investigate amid shots of band members in animal costumes playing instruments.
Erica Russo's poetic delivery and shifting rhythms give her songs a unique sound. http://www.whatstheruckus.com
Rhythmically hypnotic folk-rock with atmospherically poetic lyrics led by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Russo. http://arborweb.com/calendar/nightspots/Woodruff_s.html
Sporting a nonchalance and casual cool that champion poker players strive for their whole lives, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Erica Russo is like a breeze on ice. She dresses her tunes up a bit more than most in the idiom. For those who like the stark reality of an artist's wood and wire, you'll find it lurking in between Russo's breaths and the cracks in her melodies."
A cherub with dreadlocks and some burgeoning guitar chops. She finds stunning harmonies all over the fretboard, and has a very original ear for melody.
From poetic flourish to bedrock reality, steadily hypnotic guitar and a wide-eyed sense of place, she nails a feeling.
“Signing Up for This" asks, "Where do you get off?", which sounds like it could both be an accusation or a question about public transportation. The central tension of Brooklyn denizen Erica Russo’s music lies somewhere between those two realms. “The sky has never looked so white before / What the hell am I doing / Stooping to this level?”, she sings, shooting from poetic flourish to bedrock reality, her voice lightly punctuating each line, handing out meaning before tossing each word carelessly out. In turn, every single word stands out in deep focus, briefly and intensely showing itself before winking as quickly out.
This confidence in diction is just one advanced step in an already speedy evolution. Russo’s newest songs, recently debuted live, cherry-pick the best of “Signing Up For This”: a wide-eyed sense of place, steadily hypnotic guitar, the sloughing off of the coffee shop atmosphere, dialing down the soft drums and packing the conversational emotions tighter. Really, her music echoes her lyrics so perfectly, a tense, embattled coming-to-terms can be played out at low volumes; she knows certain all-too-familiar crutches are about to get some serious re-evaluation, and she’s ready. That she then nails a feeling—acceptance, doubt, anger both stupid and transformative—without ever seeming constrained by it is what makes “Signing Up” exceptional. It’s a simple song that more than earns its simplicity—by leaving the listener wanting more. -Chris Molnar
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