It doesn’t get more rootsy than Kelli Scarr’s upcoming album ‘Dangling Teeth’
Dangling Teeth definitely seems like an off name for an album, but don’t let it deter you from listening. This album showcases the beautiful vocals of Kelli Scarr and provides a soundscape that has been described by “Death and Taxes” (artist) as a “mélange of diaphanous folk, filmic dreamscape, and orchestral pop.” Just know this album was created with passion, freedom and in an intimate setting there are no tricks; this is Kelli Scarr at her best in an incredibly atmosphere.
Kelli Scarr was raised in Folsom, California, the old gold rush town now more famous for its prison than its prospectors. First discovering her passion for singing in the choirs of her local church and high school, Kelli left the west coast to attend music school in Boston and eventually landed in Brooklyn, NY. Over the next ten years she explored her way through various projects and collaborations including the bands Moonraker and Salt & Samovar.
Kelli also ventured into film scoring and in 2010 received an Emmy nomination for her score to Jeremiah Zagar’s intimate documentary, In A Dream. Prior to the nomination, Kelli was given the opportunity to perform as a solo artist opening for the musician Moby on his world tour. Spanning four continents and two years, it was during this time that Kelli was able to expand her sketches of songs into fully developed narratives. These muted snapshots became fully realized in Kelli’s acclaimed debut solo album “Piece”, released July 2010 on Silence Breaks. Kelli toured this record for most of 2010 and 2011, harnessing the rugged energy of her skillful group of musicians and molding the palette for her follow up album.
Rooted in the traditions of American folk and reflecting the diversity of such iconic artists such as Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Rickie Lee Jones, Dangling Teeth exists as a collection of songs arching through an intimate narrative of independence, a search for joy and the perpetual arm-wrestle with grace. Captured as a live session amongst a group of talented musicians and friends, Dangling Teeth provides a journey through wide-open plains, the towering pines of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and a return to the currents of the American River. It is in the vast colors of these landscapes that its course is revealed.
Brought into the studio this time around were Scott Metzger on guitar, Andrew Southern on bass and Taylor Floreth on drums. Surrounded by trees and huddled around fires built during January snows, the album was performed live with every member of the band encircling Kelli as she belted her way through their set of material.
Kelli Scarr’s new album Dangling Teeth, will be released on June 5th 2012 on Silence Breaks with a summer tour soon to be announced.
5/09/12 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY *
5/16/12 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY *
5/23/12 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY *
5/30/12 – The Way Station – Brooklyn, NY *
6/22/12 – Bearsville Theater – Woodstock, NY