La Grande (pronounced in the way of the American West, without any hint of French inflection – “luh grand”) is a town just east of the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon where native Oregonian Laura Gibson found inspiration while writing the songs that would become her new album of the same name. Gibson describes La Grande as a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.”
Laura Gibson – La Grande
Laura Gibson has announced that her new full-length, since the release of 2009′s “Beasts of Seasons” (Hush), “La Grande” will be released in January 2012 on Barsuk Records (US) and City Slang (EU).
And Portland’s Jealous Butcher Records will be releasing a special, limited-edition 7″ single ‘La Grande’ b/w ‘In The Pines,’ a precursor to her full length. 7″ due out on December 13th, LP/CD due out on January 24th, 2012.
“La Grande” was produced by Gibson herself and after home-recorded vocal sessions, proper takes were recorded at Type Foundry Studios with Adam Selzer (M Ward, Norfolk and Western) on engineering and musicians including Calexico’s Joey Burns, members of The Dodos (Meric Long and Logan Kroeber) and The Decemberists (Nate Query, Jenny Conlee), clarinetist Jilly Coykendall, and the drumming duo Rachel Blumberg and Matt Berger (affectionately known as Blumberger).
Mason Jar Music Presents… Laura Gibson (2011)
‘Where Have All Your Good Words Gone,’ written and Performed by Laura Gibson, the song is appeared on “Beasts of Seasons.”
Produced, Filmed by Mason Jar Music. Recorded and filmed live in a furniture warehouse in Long Island City, New York.
WATCH :: another session on Mason Jar Music, ‘Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed’ from Laura’s forthcoming record, “La Grande.”