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Pith-rock artist, Rachel Taylor Brown prepares national release of World So Sweet

June 29, 2011 by  

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Pith-rock artist, Rachel Taylor Brown prepares national release	of World So Sweet

PITH-ROCK ARTIST, RACHEL TAYLOR BROWN TO RELEASE SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM, WORLD SO SWEET, NATIONALLY ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Look up “pithy” and “pith.”  The thesaurus reads: “succinct, concise, compact, to the point, epigrammatic, crisp, significant, meaningful, expressive, telling.”  “Pith” means “essence, fundamentals, heart, substance, core, crux, gist, meat, kernel, marrow, weight, depth, force.”  “Pith-rock” is a weird and awkward moniker for Portland, Oregon-based Rachel Taylor Brown’s music, and maybe a little too close to “piss” said with a lisp.  But, it fits, especially when you put on her seventh full-length, World So Sweet (Penury Pop), which will  be released nationally on September 20, 2011.

Talk to those who know her music, though, and other descriptions come up. “Unsettling but addictive.” “Good stories.” “Unpredictable.” “Arresting.”  “Dark, funny, sweeping, panoramic, pretty, ugly, complex, moving.”  And, “You can dance to it.”

“These songs are about the usual mundane things that seem to preoccupy me; how great and how awful people are and how beautiful and ugly the world is,” she says.  “There’s huge scope in that.  I know I have a comfort level with some of the things I write about that others may not have, due in large part to my own history.  I’m not thinking of how it may hit anyone else when I’m writing.  I’m usually surprised when my husband or some other listener points out that it’s maybe hard to hear.  I really believe in letting a song be what it wants, though.  And I guess some (ok, a lot) of my songs want to be peppy tunes about the worst of human nature.  I have to say, though, I find that contradiction very satisfying.”

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