My newest add for this week is BRENDA XU!! This gorgeous ambient-folk artist from Seattle came to me through my good friend (and Band Mom artist) Shenandoah Davis. Her music is delicate, sparse, and lovely, and reminds me (and a lot of you already as well, based on the feedback I’m hearing) of Daughter. Her last name is pronounced “shoo.” She’s taking a tour down the West Coast next month (dates listed below, to be expanded soon). Make sure you listen to this album ASAP, and then fit it onto your adds chart this week!!
FOR THE WINTER
The five years since Brenda Xu (pronounced “shoo”) released her debut full-length album, A Little Illusion, have been filled with considerable change, all of which is apparent in her new record For The Winter. After receiving numerous accolades for the debut, including a nomination for “Best Acoustic Artist” in the San Diego Music Awards, Xu relocated to Seattle and took an indefinite hiatus from performing, focusing on navigating her way through a new city and finding her place in the Seattle music scene.
Slowly, the pieces fell into place: she became friends with Seattle-based producer Don Farwell and began forming a band to support her new songs. The years between Xu’s debut and For The Winter are immediately apparent. Not only has her ability as a lyricist grown far beyond her years, but sonically, the album is a noted departure from her past singer-songwriter career, and instead treads the delicate line between washed-out ambient tones and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements.
For The Winter will transport any listener through a range of seasons and emotions, while reminding us that for every season’s waxings and wanings, they all share one commonality: that they will eventually come again. Summer will continue to be followed by autumn, and winter by spring. As for Brenda Xu, she’s leaving an unusually long winter behind and turning the leaf into her second spring.
RIYL: Daughter, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Cat Power, Aimee Mann, PJ Harvey, Vienna Teng, Bon Iver
Start With: 6, 7, 2, 3 FCC CLEAN
BRENDA XU TOUR DATES:
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey (album release show)
10/4 – Portland, OR – The Waypost
10/5 – Cottage Grove, OR – Axe & Fiddle
10/7 – Sacramento, CA – The Torch Club
10/8 – Roseville, CA – Beatniks Books
10/9 – San Francisco, CA – 50 Mason Social House
10/10 – Atascadero, CA – Last Stage West
10/11 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Abbey
10/12 – Altadena, CA – Coffee Gallery Backstage
10/16 – San Diego, CA – Lestat’s
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Room 5
10/18 – Fullerton, CA – The Night Owl
10/19 – Paso Robles, CA – Sculpterra Winery, Paso Robles
10/20 – San Luis Obispo – Bon Temps Creole Cafe
10/22 – Santa Rosa, CA – Cellars of Sonoma
Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!