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Turner, Lou

Songs For John Venn

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04/03/2020 767870662157 

 


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04/03/2020 767870662157 

 


In the prose poem she reads over the hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” Lou Turner (Styrofoam Winos) confides to painter and musician Peggy Snow of Nashville’s resident weirdo folk collective, The Cherry Blossoms, “I am always thinking of Venn Diagrams.” The visual of overlapping circles weaves across Turner’s brilliant sophomore album, Songs for John Venn, in the relationships between the spiritually transcendent and secular mundane, the solitary practice of songwriting and the communal experience of music making, traditional melodic song forms and experimental improvisation, and in two eggs frying in a skillet. Though rooted in lo-fi sensibilities, Songs for John Venn is clean and bright and warm, with a loose yet intentional communal folk rock backing band composed of members of Styrofoam Winos and other Nashville musicians, guests Ziona Riley (vocals on “Widening Venn Diagram”), Dan Melchior (guitar on “Measuring Tape,” album art), and Turner herself, who contributes guitar, percussion, mandolin, bass, and the most transcendent flute. Turner’s voice matches her songwriting—generous and inviting, even sweet at times—think Ruth Garbus, Dory Previn, or Bridget St. John (whose Songs for a Gentle Man inspired this album’s name). But there’s a poetic wryness too, sometimes with a spoken delivery at the end of phrases, reminiscent of Dave Berman or Bill Callahan or Patti Smith.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Solar Eclipse

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  2. #2 Two Tributaries

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  3. #3 King Edward Avenue

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  4. #4 Hats On Their Heads

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  5. #5 But the Bees

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  6. #6 Measuring Tape (feat. Dan Melchior)

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  7. #7 Flickering Protagonist

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  8. #8 Will the Circle Be Unbroken

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  9. #9 Testify

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  10. #10 Alarmist Apology

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  11. #11 Widening Venn Diagram (feat. Ziona Riley)

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