Dear Nora
The New Year CDEP - Magic Marker

Equal parts Liz Phair and Sixties girl group, the eleven songs that comprise The New Year EP have a warmth and depth that many “professional” records have yet to capture. Katy Davidson normally writes all the Dear Nora material without the band, but this time around she recorded it all at home on a portable eight-track recorder. Arrangements are minimal. Her gentle voice mingles with a teapot’s whistle and background chatter, subtly drawing you in. This orchestration of everyday sounds with composed material lends Dear Nora a rare intimacy, one that places The New Year EP well ahead of the rest of the Do-it-yourself pack. (Robb Browning)



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