Remembering austin singer-songwriter laurie freelove _ austin music source

A brief online obituary confirms the recent death of longtime Austin singer-songwriter Laurie Freelove, 60, though with no details on the circumstances: “Laurie was born on July 23, 1956 and passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Baseball scores from yesterday Laurie was a resident of Austin, Texas at the time of her passing.”

An original member of the folk-rock group Two Nice Girls, who helped pave the way for openly LGBT musicians in the 1980s, Freelove got a major break when an English record executive heard a tape of her subsequent band Fifty Words for Snow while in town for South by Southwest in 1989. Softball tournaments That led to a solo deal with Ensign/Chrysalis, whose roster at the time included the likes of Sinead O’Connor and the Waterboys.

American-Statesman writer Don McLeese interviewed Freelove for an extended feature story when her debut solo record, “Smells Like Truth,” came out in 1991. Football season In Freelove’s memory, we’ve retrieved that article from our archives and are re-publishing it in its entirety:

When Laurie Freelove headed west from Maryland after college, she had degrees in painting and studio art and a plan to live the Georgia O’Keeffe fantasy in New Mexico. Best fantasy football websites Unfortunately — or fortunately, as it turns out — she ran out of money in Austin. El pato harlingen She’d heard this was a nice place to live, so she stuck around. Pitch angle calculator If there wasn’t as much attention paid to the visual arts here as Freelove expected to find in Santa Fe, there was plenty of opportunity to play music, her other artistic passion.

Nine years later, the result is “Smells Like Truth,” a debut album so strikingly original that it could well change the rest of the world’s preconceptions about Austin music. Spring training florida 2016 Whatever the richness and diversity of the artistry in this town, there’s an impression that Austin spends more time looking back than looking forward, that its assortment of blues-rockers, roots-rockers, singer-songwriters and even guitar-jangling “alternative” bands are out of step with the times.

Being out of step isn’t necessarily bad in times like these, but the fact remains that Austin is a town where people expect to find throwbacks or traditionalists rather than modernist visionaries. Pitched roof extension ideas Though Austin is justifiably proud of plenty of music that couldn’t have come from anywhere else, it could occasionally stand to be shaken up by an album that sounds like it has come out of nowhere.

Enter Freelove — and, yes, that’s her given name — whose music sounds nothing like anything else that’s being made here, and little like anything from anywhere else. Landscape design plans In fact, there’s an unearthly quality to her musical atmospherics, made from sounds one can’t always readily identify as instruments, that makes an inspired match for the dreamlike quality in her suggestive, allusive songwriting.

If such descriptions sound suspiciously “new age,” rest assured that Freelove’s artistry has way too much of an edge to serve as sonic wallpaper. Yaw pitch roll Her debut is very much a painter’s album, one that strives for meaning that’s beyond words, filled with elemental imagery that almost demands to be touched — or tasted or smelled — before it can be understood.

“I called it ‘Smells Like Truth’ because that song is addressing things you can’t articulate,” explained Freelove. Garden planner “I defy almost anyone to describe the sensation of smell, and how instructive it is in a person’s ability to relate to the world. Batting average It’s sort of like a bottom-line truth: If it smells bad, stay away from it.”

For comparison’s sake, Freelove will likely be linked with Sinead O’Connor, her labelmate on Britain’s Ensign Records (distributed here by Chrysalis), with whom she shares the services of co-producers Chris Birkett and Kevin Moloney. Yankee stadium tour Her music additionally recalls the more extreme flights of fancy of Kate Bush. Small backyard landscaping ideas Whomever one hears in Freelove’s music — comparisons have ranged from the Marianne Faithfull of “Broken English” to Patti Smith to Yoko Ono (?!) — what Freelove and the others mainly have in common is an assertive artistic presence that otherwise resists comparison.

Though ‘Smells Like Truth’ reflects Freelove’s extended residency in Austin — much of it was recorded here (as well as London and Dublin), and features crucial contributions from percussionist Paul Pearcy, keyboardist Leah Rummel and vocalist Jeff Jackson — it shows evidence of her exotic upbringing.

“I think moving around is probably pretty traumatic and crisis-filled for any kid, ’cause when you move, everything shifts,” she said. Minnesota landscape arboretum “I didn’t go into culture shock when I left the United States and went to Europe, but I did go into culture shock coming back. Fastest softball pitch ever There was a sort of blandness here that I wasn’t accustomed to, an emotional numbness I wasn’t ready for.

“It was like I walked back into a cartoon with no dialogue. Football teams in london I’m not saying that this is coming back to the United States, but this is what it was like coming back to my hometown and my suburban high school. Home garden design pictures I just had this great sense of there being a world out there.”

She remained in Maryland through college, but was determined to spend her life somewhere warmer. Stardock fences windows 10 After running out of funds in Austin, Freelove continued to paint but turned more toward music as well. Pinch hitter 2 unblocked She’d been writing and playing her own songs since grade school, but had performed only occasionally at college coffeehouses. Landscape photography lens In Austin, she became a founding member of Two Nice Girls — her claim to a smidgen of fame before ‘Smells Like Truth,’ but an experience from which she has sufficiently distanced herself that the group isn’t even mentioned in her official bio.

“I hope people won’t harp on that, because it was so long ago, and I was in the band for a very short period of time,” said Freelove. Ancestry sign in “It was not the sort of music I ever wanted to make, so it was a good thing that we parted. Beautiful landscapes tumblr … I didn’t want to make music by vote. Fantasy baseball rankings I didn’t want to become a mouthpiece for feminism or whatever the political flag was at the moment. Portfolio outdoor lighting transformer troubleshooting I wasn’t into talking about sex all the time. Rock garden images I wasn’t into being famous.”

It’s ironic that Freelove now finds herself managed by the high-profile Benson-Vale team (Asleep at the Wheel, Darden Smith et al.) and given a high-powered major-label push, because the speculation after Freelove left Two Nice Girls was that she wasn’t nearly as career-oriented as her bandmates — that she was too much the artistic purist. Garden state parkway While Two Nice Girls has continued to flourish without Freelove, it’s plain that her music couldn’t have progressed in the direction of Smells Like Truth within the context of that band.

Freelove’s solo debut represents the latest result of an unlikely London-Austin connection, the ongoing relationship between Ensign’s Nigel Grainge — who is largely credited with the discovery and development of Sinead O’Connor, the Waterboys and its World Party offshoot — and Austin manager Shannon Vale. Watch mlb online free streaming live The first fruits came with the collaboration between Vale’s client Darden Smith and Britain’s Boo Hewerdine for Grainge’s label. Hardscaping Since then, Vale has taken on the trans-Atlantic management of Hewerdine, who served as one of the co-producers (and songwriting partner on one cut) for Freelove’s album.

Grainge became interested in Freelove during a South by Southwest visit, when he read a review in the Music City monthly of her independent Fifty Words For Snow cassette. Major league baseball scores from last night The tape contained four of the songs that would subsequently form the core of ‘Smells Like Truth.’ Even so, the album ultimately represented a process of discovery and great growth for Freelove, with all the resources at her disposal that high technology and a major-label budget allow.