Tiny Vipers Hands Across The Void

Type: Album

Release Date: July 23, 2007

Catalog No: SP739

Label: Sub Pop

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Being a solo acoustic female singer songwriter comes with its share of conspicuous baggage. And, Seattle’s Jesy Fortino, who records and performs as Tiny Vipers, has been spared little of it: she’s played coffee shops, on mismatched bills with by-the-book folkies, and fielded far too many questions that address her gender rather than her music. Fortunately for us (and, we can only imagine, even more so for her) these things all fall away when she plays. Inhabiting the space carved out by minimal guitar, gentle textures and stark, immediate vocals, Tiny Vipers’ music evokes the contrast and quiet, empty beauty of a grey northwest landscape. Jesy has spent the past two and a half years exploring these landscapes, locally releasing a few artfully-packaged CDRs and playing shows all over the Northwest. Recorded in Seattle at Red Room Studios in late fall of 2006, Hands Across the Void is Tiny Vipers’ first full-length record and her Sub Pop debut. Enlisting the help of engineer Chris Commons and friend, musician, and Austin music-scene expat Ben Cissner, Jesy used this opportunity to explore new textures, instruments and harmonies. The result is a uniquely striking record that’s as fully realized as it is spare and beautiful.

Being a solo acoustic female singer songwriter comes with its share of conspicuous baggage. And, Seattle’s Jesy Fortino, who records and performs as Tiny Vipers, has been spared little of it: she’s played coffee shops, on mismatched bills with by-the-book folkies, and fielded far too many questions that address her gender rather than her music. Fortunately for us (and, we can only imagine, even more so for her) these things all fall away when she plays. Inhabiting the space carved out by minimal guitar, gentle textures and stark, immediate vocals, Tiny Vipers’ music evokes the contrast and quiet, empty beauty of a grey northwest landscape. Jesy has spent the past two and a half years exploring these landscapes, locally releasing a few artfully-packaged CDRs and playing shows all over the Northwest. Recorded in Seattle at Red Room Studios in late fall of 2006, Hands Across the Void is Tiny Vipers’ first full-length record and her Sub Pop debut. Enlisting the help of engineer Chris Commons and friend, musician, and Austin music-scene expat Ben Cissner, Jesy used this opportunity to explore new textures, instruments and harmonies. The result is a uniquely striking record that’s as fully realized as it is spare and beautiful.

Tracks

  1. Campfire Resemblance
  2. On This Side
  3. Aron
  4. Forest On Fire
  5. Shipwreck
  6. Swastika
  7. The Downward

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