Paula Frazer - A Place Where I Know

4-Track Songs (Birdman)

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Paula Frazer - A Place Where I Know

Startling for its direct, cutting imagery and starkly ominous arrangements wrapped around troubled, sighing melodies, Paula Frazer strips her music down to its constituent elements, allowing her strengths to come into clearer definition. Minimally adorned with little more than vocals and guitar, the stark intimacy of the four-track production becomes the perfect foil for Frazer’s powerfully haunting croon and evocative verse, perfectly devolving these previously released highlights from her career and dropping her somewhere on the continuum between Maybelle Carter and Joan Baez. Recorded before, during, and after Frazer decided to vacate her spot as driving force and only consistent member of alt.country group Tarnation, the tracks are united by an ominous and uneasy aesthetic, equal parts Appalachian sway and spaghetti-western dread. Most surprisingly, it seems that Frazer might have found her sonic niche by releasing songs that were once relegated to outtake status.

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