All songs written and
(c) by Edith Frost
(p) Marfa Music (BMI) except where indicated.http://www.edithfrost.com Art
by Davina Pallone.
* (Tracks 10 & 11) with Ryan Hembrey, Jim Becker and Jim White.=====You're
now holding in your digital hands some of the original
sounds that have wafted from the home studio of Edith
Frost over the last decade. Before the acclaimed albums
Over Time were rendered, this was Edith's sound,
lonesome and unadorned.
It's always been a pleasure making records with Edith,
and her demos have been a big part of the pleasure.
The process of imagining finished productions begins
with playing Edith's original versions over and over
again. The final versions are always a surprise, but
as long as they retain something of the demos' organic,
spaced grace, we know that what we've got is pure
Edith. Still, it's often seemed a shame that we couldn't
just put out the demos (and in the case of the song
"Calling Over Time," we just went ahead
and did), so there's real satisfaction for me in listening
to this collection. The songs here show that all Edith
ever really needs is a guitar - with very little else,
perhaps just another harmony vocal or two, she shines
The collection ends with a pair of cover tunes, unexplored
but fertile territory in the Edith Frost discography.
Country, blues and old-timey are all part of the foundation
of her own musical blend, and hearing Edith sing these
old songs is always transcendent, she always makes
them her own. A record of all cover tunes has always
seemed an appealing prospect - if it weren't for the
so many great original Frost songs to record. And
some of the best of these can be found here - some
in markedly different versions.
For fans of Edith's voice, this is an exciting new
way to hear some old favorites. And for me, it's a
great reminder not just of records already made, but
of records yet to come. Edith, send me a new batch
to listen to, would you? - Rian Murphy, Drag