By Justin Markert
We love spreading the word about the music we’re into, both new and old. And we think we do pretty darn good job between booking shows, writing features on artists, and letting you know about upcoming events. With this weekly series, we aim to deliver new/current music to you in a quick, consumable way. Every Tuesday, we’ll share some new music with you! Free Tunes Tuesday features more than just artists/bands with ties to Cellar Door, it’s be megaphone for whatever we’re hearing out there that we think should be heard more.
Artist: Lorine Chia
Standout Track: Just press play on Track 1 and listen to the end.
Sunday May 26, 2013
There are certain artists or albums that I’ll pull out every once and a while. Soon into my listening experience I find myself asking, “Why am I not listening to this artist ALL the time!? Like, on a daily basis?” This happens with a variety of artists that run the gamut from my musical past including Elliott Smith, Rival Schools, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, The Beatles, D’Angelo, Local Natives, and my personal all-time favorite, Jeff Buckley. It’s the kind of music, that as a musician, makes me wanna quit. Not in a negative way, but in more of a, “They’re doing it the best it could possibly be done, they’ve got it, so I don’t even need to try at this point,” kinda way.
When it comes to local music, for me right now, Lorine Chia is that artist.
As an advocate for Cleveland music, I’m aware that there really is a lot of amazing stuff out there, but the truth of the matter is, sometimes you have to work to enjoy a local album. Maybe the artist or band is just getting started so they haven’t honed their sound, maybe the production is rough which can be very distracting, or maybe they’re just straight up lacking in one position whether it be drums, or vocals, usually it’s one of those two. Lorine Chia is easy listening. And I don’t mean that in a soul patch, pony tail, Buddhist tattoo, silk shirt, soprano sax kind of way. I mean it in an absolute literal sense. It’s very easy to listen to this album and completely enjoy it without the slightest effort.
Female singers never get to exist in their own space. Whether it’s the misogyny of the industry, or the fact that there aren’t as many female artists (because of the misogyny of the industry), women’s voices are always getting compared to other women’s voices. And while someone’s first instinct might be to compare Lorine’s vocal tone to Amy Winehouse or Eryka Badu, (which on it’s own is quite the compliment), the cadence, rhythm, and melodies on the album Lorine really remind me of John Legend, all the way down to the slight rasp just under the surface at the end of her words.
Her album Lorine stays strong from track one to track eleven. For me at least, it’s joined the ranks of one of the best albums in Cleveland. It’s one of those releases, like Herzog’s Cartoon Violence, The Modern Electric’s All We Have is Now, The Lighthouse and the Whaler’s This Is An Adventure, and Cellar Door Volume IV (ahem), that you use to prove to others that there are some truly great things happening in Cleveland’s landscape.
At the young age of just turning 20 (which means this album must have been recorded when she was 19, or even 18), Lorine will be a force to be reckoned with not only in the Cleveland music community, but in the national music landscape.
Download the album for free here, or listen below.