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Spend Friday Night with Kathryn Calder at Mercury Lounge

September 11th, 2015

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Calder is probably best known as a vocalist-keyboardist-guitarist for Canadian supergroup the New Pornographers. But she’s been doing her own thing since releasing her debut solo album, the personal, DIY Are You My Mother? (stream it below), in 2010, pleasing the folks at the A.V. Club: “Calder has gleaned the ability to write hooky, jogging New Pornos–like anthems…. At just 10 songs, Are You My Mother? is more a sampler of Calder’s talent than a full-blown introduction, but it’s textured enough to whet appetites for more.” Her third solo LP, a self-titled LP (stream it below), arrived this past spring. Per AllMusic, “The emotions are elemental here, with most of the songs dealing with love and longing, but her expression is clear and gentle, and this is a set of songs that you can either float with downstream or use as a backdrop as you ponder the human interactions that figure into your own life. In some respects, the album is a bit too pretty and polished for its own good, with the kind of approach that fades into the background at times, but there’s no arguing the quality and thoughtfulness that Calder put into this work, and if you like the notion of indie pop as ambient music, then this may be just the album you’ve been looking for.” And having just launched a new tour, Kathryn Calder (above, performing “Turn a Light On” in studio for Studio Q) plays Mercury Lounge tonight. Jersey shoegaze trio Overlake open the show.