There's a reason Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone named her third album Deer Creek Canyon (September 25, Sub Pop) after her Colorado childhood home. A pervasive theme of restlessness and sense of place, what she calls the ever-present gravitational pull of home", forms the unifying lyrical backdrop for an album of exceptionally fine and nuanced Americana. Much of Canyon's appeal comes from Cahoone's naturally relaxed singing style, a voice that emits cool, detachment while evoking a warm, inviting and almost conversational tone. "Once these songs started coming together,"she observes, "I knew I wanted to take my time...I wanted to get it right, focus more on production, and make sure all the sounds and vocals were pushed even higher." Co-produced by Cahoone and Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart), Deer Creek Canyon reflects that unhurried, meticulous attention to detail, from the quietly striking, deeply affecting songwriting on tracks like "One To Blame" and "Worry All Your Life" to the album's superb musicianship and haunting sound. A brilliant and assured album where even the darkest, saddest moments have an eerie beauty.
Sera Cahoone - "Deer Creek Canyon" (from Deer Creek Canyon)
Sera Cahoone - "Worry All Your Life" (from Deer Creek Canyon)