Drown Your Sorrows, Part I

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This is a post that Joe and I have talked about putting together for some time now. We are both very interested in singer/songwriters, especially female singer/songwriters, whether it’s folk, blues, rock, pop, or whatever. These artists are not at all metal, but I can certainly assure you they they are very much heavy. So let’s take a step outside of metal for a couple of hours and drown our sorrows away.


Johanna WarrenFates (2013)

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Johanna Warren’s debut album, Fates was introduced to me by our very own Christian Molenaar not very long ago. As soon as I hit play I was completely left in a trance of disbelief and surprise. Johanna simply has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard and I listen to her as if she was singing directly to me. Pour all of your sorrow and pain on me Johanna, I can take it. This album is very minimal but that does not mean that it does not sound big. Johanna delivers powerful vocals, guitar, flute and clarinet on this album. She is also joined by Bella Blasko who provided backing vocals and piano. The songs are sung softly, very much like a lullaby, while also delivering some very original lyrics. You can tell that what she is singing about so passionately is coming straight from her heart; these words that she is singing are words she has lived through and they are dark and heartbroken. All of the songs are absolutely stunning, but the one song that really brings me to my knees and makes me almost cry is “My Storm”. The lyrics are filled with much sorrow and are sung beautifully. For example, “Are you my shelter, or are you my storm?” & “You got away with it ‘til you got caught/It is what it is, but it’s not what you thought.” Fates is a magnificent album that delivers the heavy emotions and hypnotizes the listener.

 


 Jess WilliamsonNative State (2014)

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Native State is a dark banjo-wielding album brought to us by Austin, Texas native Jess Williamson. Jess delivers us 7 songs straight from her bleeding heart. The first song “Blood Song” sets the pace off very dark and almost hostile. I can’t quite put my finger on it exactly but the the album comes off as almost primitive sounding at moments. This album hurts at times, especially during songs like “Blood Song”, “Native State”, and”Field” which ache like a metal wound. Jess sings her songs like a true story teller, howling her lyrics like a coyote howls at the desert’s midnight full moon, but also at times whispers lyrics in a mournful and seductive way. Banjos, acoustic guitars and percussion is the main portion of the musical content, but the vocals and lyrics are by far the strongest element of Native State. This is a gem of an album, with very strong vocals and lyrics that bleed heartache and pain.


KandleIn Flames (2014)

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I’m a sucker for a beautiful and seductive sounding female voice; I can’t resist its power so I’m forced to be immersed it. Kandle‘s voice instantly reminded me of the seductive and wonderful voice of Lana Del Rey who is a pop artist that I can not help but love immensely. Kandle decided to record this album with a full band, which I really enjoy; I think this album would have sounded a bit flat without it. The band adds a bit more of a rocking punch to the melancholy. These blusey rock songs are about failed relationships, misfortunes, and overall despair. I feel that Kandle may have sold her soul to the devil for her talents and beauty. I think this 23 year old talent is going to be moving up in the world here; this is no ordinary talent and she will most definitely be a success. This album is an emotional storm and an exciting one at that, so don’t miss out on it.


Emiliana TorriniFisherman’s Woman (2005)

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It is the Winter of 2006 and I foolishly believe that I am the loneliest I will ever be in my life. I have few friends and my heart is broken. By chance I meet a young woman at a hip coffee shop. She is tall and awkward and shy and I suppose I am too. We become friends. She makes me mix CDs of a massive variety of artists I don’t know. I’m a rural transplant that mostly listens to entry-level punk and metal; there are a lot of things I don’t know.

My friend burns me a CD that had been released just a year earlier. It’s called Fisherman’s Woman and it was recorded by an Icelandic woman with a strong Italian name. The folk instrumentation within is sparse but beautiful and her voice is haunting. Songs plod, creak, and burrow themselves into my brain. The second track “Sunny Road” immediately stands out. As an acoustic guitar picks out a breezy, galloping rhythm, a cryptic lyric escapes:

“I never married, never had those kids. I loved too many, now Heaven’s closed its gates.”

There is a nagging restlessness and desperation that lives within the otherwise calm and pastoral settings of Fisherman’s Woman. Like the titular character, you’re meant to wait and hope that anxieties will resolve themselves; soon everything will be alright. Right? The record is hopeful, but reserved in its expectations.

This album did not make much of an impact on Internet music sphere. Last month Fisherman’s Woman turned 10 years old. There will be no Pitchfork retrospective. There will be no deluxe reissue or label fanfare. It doesn’t matter. The music that truly affects us is a sum of the time and place in which we are vulnerable. Over the last decade I’ve found myself consistently returning to these droning chords and Emiliana Torrini’s world-weary lyrics. Maybe so long after release, this can be an emotional salve for someone else. Put this record on and try to drift off to another night of uneasy sleep. — Joe Thrashnkill

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  • Kandle sound amazing, Tyree. Great write up

    • Maik Beninton

      She reminds me of Adele although this is more rockish.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Emiliana Torrini is really good Joe. Thanks for contributing!

    • Thanks for putting this together, Tyree. I’m slowly going through the music and enjoying everything very much so far.

  • NefariousDude

    This shit is right up in my alley

  • NefariousDude

    Been jammin some Jessica Pratt lately. Check out moon dude and wrong hand

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Checking her music out now. Very good so far.

      • NefariousDude

        Her voice is strange and soothing at the same time. I’m also a sucker for folky guitar

  • You guys would dig Kendra Morris – beautiful singing voice over hip hop beats. Plus this video is A+.

    http://youtu.be/GIxcwtCCAkE

  • Paris Hilton

    When I’m sad, I blast Woods of Ypres. I’ve been sad a lot since the divorce. My wife left me because I wouldn’t stop saying “This sex is on fire. Good thing you brought the marshmallows and I brought the weiner.”

    I miss my wife. I miss my beautiful baby boy. This Woods of Ypres album is the only thing my wife left me when she left me. The only thing I have besides “Everything I Turns To Gold” is my golf buddies and “There’s Gotta Be Somebody” by Nickelback.

    Shannon. If you are reading this, please come back. I promise I’ll finally shave my goatee. Even though it’s both fashionable and practical, but I digress. I miss you.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I’m sorry to hear that. Do you need a hug?

      • Paris Hilton

        I need to hold my beautiful baby boy in my arms again. I need to feel Shannon’s lips brush against my mustache. Just like it used to…

    • God ov All

      *hug* 🙁

    • God ov All

      *hug* 🙁

    • JJM

      i’ll teach you how to use that Zune, bby

    • Dagon

      Not trying to ignore your pain or anything but I think each and everyone of us is interested to know: how is a goatee practical?

      • Aerodynamics bro.

        • Dagon

          This is 2 much 4 me.

        • I can hardly imagine a mustache being able to produce more turbulent flow than laminar. Turbulent flow is faster than laminar flow (i.e golf ball dimples). I will stop now.

      • Paris Hilton

        It’s practical for stealing kisses under the Southern moonlight on that humid August night. My first night going all the way with Shannon. She loved the way my goatee scratched her lips as my hands soulfully touched her body in the back of my Camaro. She gave me the best moment of my life besides the birth of my son that night. I miss her.

        • Dagon

          Hahaha you can read that as either cunnilingus or as a kiss. I’m 9.

          • Paris Hilton

            We wouldn’t have cunniliungus. She didn’t like Italian food. Her favorite meal was my BBQ biscuits, Caesar salad, and baby back ribs. She was a humble woman. She’s going to be a great mother to raise my child. Albeit he will be raised without me.

          • JJM

            #ToiletShannonRetrieval!

          • Dagon

            I am so hungry right now I’d let you scratch me with your goatee in exchange for BBQ biscuits.

    • Pariiiis </3 hugs.

    • CT-12

      I couldn’t understand if this was sarcastic, fake, true, whatever, but I’ll just heir on the side of caution and wish you well Paris. This too shall pass.

  • VVayne Brady

    My wife is into singer/songwriter ladies. This is a tune I dig.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR66iSfKO5w

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    I’m not a big music video kinda guy but the video for “My Storm” is really cool.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHLVPEIfFQg

    • JJM

      killer article, Tyree. i’m going to listen to every one of these and gently kiss some of my moneys goodbye.

  • Scrimm

    Some of this stuff is extrememly talented but not for me, especially now.

  • Lady SteelDragon

    Kandle rules. Thanks for this.

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      No problem! Glad you enjoy it.

    • NefariousDude

      Tips fedora*

  • VVayne Brady
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    war-and rebirth—-
    as the common people—realize they are superior to the 19th century–common social grid illusion—in the description and change

    and take their own destiny
    (both at once—1st vid muted- 2nd vid full vol)
    https://youtu.be/LeUosbClag8

    https://youtu.be/wKFwcYlHToE

  • Well I guess I’m turning off all the lights and crying into a pillow today.

    • VVayne Brady

      At least your tail will keep you company.

      • Hey.

        • VVayne Brady

          Maybe if it grows long enough you could use it to hug yourself.

          Or use it as a noose. Your choice.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          SOMEONE SET UP US THE HELL YOUR MOUTH

    • That’s what I do most afternoons.

      I’m probably gonna get fired soon.

      • Scrimm

        Ouch.

  • I don’t know too much of this, but I think I will dig some of this tunes. Thanks, bros!

    Also, my recommendations are this; not strickly with the theme of the article but it’s a good moment to share this picks with you all:

    Darkher (neofolk, doom): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugVRpDzl6Bs

    Where the wild things are OST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Xu7giPO0I

    HAIL TOILET!

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      Yeah a couple of us here are quite big fans of Darkher, myself included.

  • Enemy Of The Free World

    I like this kind of music, at least what I’ve heard so far. Trying to work my way through all this. Strange how not even the most depressed and saddest of metal does these things to me.

  • Stanley

    Not a singer/songwriter per se, but part of a duo. The lady’s voice is incredible. The cellist is the guy from Musk Ox who is also happens to be guesting on the new Thrawsunblat album. Do yourself a favor and spend 10 mins listening to this. Haunting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTnWHJ3ZqsI&spfreload=10

    • Stanley

      The section at 7:10 is especially awesome. Check those lyrics.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        This is sick dude. Thanks.

    • Dude is shredding

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        Didn’t Emiliana Torrini have a big hit a few years later? I seem to recall some such song had a devastating number of radioplay hereward.

        • If she did I don’t think it hit these shores.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Time to start digging then, Fisherman’s Woman is really killing me now. Great tunes.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Wasn’t even hard. She did do “Gollum’s song” on LOTR, but this is what I spoke of.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ9vkd7Rp-g

          • I kinda really hate this : /

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            It’s fricken bad, was then, is now. This was my first touch to Torrini tho, no wonder I never looked deeper into her career.

          • Understandable!

      • Stanley

        Obviously he displays mad skills on Woodall (even eclipsing Nathanaël), but this performance is out of this world. I didn’t even know a cello could sound/be played like this.

        • I’m pretty blown away by it. I wonder if he’d trade me some of his skill for some of my mustache.

    • wtffff, that cello sounds amazing! :O

    • Holy shit. This is awesome.

    • Dagon

      I loved the intensity ramping up towards the end of the piece.

    • I have listened to this song 3 times now and I get more and more anxious after each listen. I am going to have to pass on the fourth listen. It is almost too moving/eerie!

      • Stanley

        When I first heard it I binged on it too. It’s mesmerizing from a musical prospective and fascinating from a visual perspective, so much so, that it keeps forcing me to come back for another peak. It’s become a compulsive experience.

    • J.R.

      wait NEW thrawsunblat album? I do not think my body is ready

      • Stanley

        Apparently so. They are tracking vocals at present.

        • J.R.

          Well I know what my AOTY will be

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    When I’m sad I blast Bob Dylan or WASP.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Our pal Simon Phoenix got me into Anilah yesterday. Some really haunting shit for ya. Those vocals are so chilling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t-Vf5OdoB0

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I also blast One Is The loneliest Number when I am sad. RIP Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night. You were awesome.

    • JJM

      then once you’re done being sad, you can blast Filter’s cover of “One Is The Loneliest Number”!

  • VVayne Brady
    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Lord, I used to love Tori Amos so much. Could go on for days without listening to anyone else.

      • Rubber Balls And Liquor

        Haven’t liked much of her stuff past Little Earthquakes.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I was really into her dark/synth/pop stuff too. Like Give and such.

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      I love you Tori.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    This is probably pretty lamestream for you kvlt singer songwriter fans and it’s not all sorrow jams, but damn could this chick could sing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlPNLWSNORE

    • Dagon

      I love Amy Winehouse, but I never listen to her because she was my ex-girlfriend’s favorite singer. Too many memories. I hate to seem whiny but there are several albums I don’t listen to anymore because of this. I could probably write a 10-piece series with the list.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Not whiny, and you should that would be a great post.

      • Scrimm

        Dud that’s understandable I had a hard time listening to any Bruce Dickinson for quite a while because of similar issues. there’s still a couple songs I avoid.

      • Rubber Balls And Liquor

        I hated Oasis until several years after I broke up with my one girlfriend.

    • CT-12

      Here’s the new Pyrrhon EP details (also, they broke their contract with Relapse, now on Handshake inc)

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I just saw this and posted it in the ToH:FB group! Handshake, Inc is sweet I think this is very good news.

    • Rubber Balls And Liquor

      Yep! She definitely had a lot more talent to share, but she was so broken down by her habits in the end (which ultimately killed her).

  • Stanley

    The wifey is into female singer song writers but it’s driving me crazy having to listen to same songs over and over again. This list is very refreshing and I’ll have to push some of this onto her. Tyree, have you ever considered a career in marriage counseling?

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Only if I get payed in beer sir.

    • “Tyree’s Kick Ass Marriage Counseling: Who Says Marriage Doesn’t Have to be a GRIND?”

      • VVayne Brady

        “Let’s peel those SCABS off and see what’s underneath.”

        • Tyreeling In The Years
          • VVayne Brady

            You’re getting a lot of mileage from this gif today.

        • Stockhausen

          “Hmm, I sense a lot of tension here. Have either of you tried staple therapy?”

  • Lady SteelDragon

    London hates this but I think it rules so here.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nAdI3qoQ5xU

  • Tyreeling In The Years
  • CyberneticOrganism

    TOH ❤ Women

  • CyberneticOrganism

    TOH ❤ Women

    • My wife txted me an hour ago …

      “Nothing better than a good old afternoon laugh…. lolbuttz”

      • CyberneticOrganism

        …S❤T❤N

      • CyberneticOrganism

        …S❤T❤N

      • How will I know when it’s love?

        • When you can talk about how much you love farting and all the other weird stuff you are into and she smiles. That is when you know!

          GL

          • Rubber Balls And Liquor

            And tells you that your farts sound like nightingales singing on angel harps.

          • Count_Breznak

            Slowly backing away means she loves you even when you are apart !

    • My wife txted me an hour ago …

      “Nothing better than a good old afternoon laugh…. lolbuttz”

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Great post, I adore this stuff but I’m really shit at actually actively seeking it out so I pretty much rely on rec injections. Presently enjoying Johanna Warren, really looking forward to the rest.

    My standard female singer/songwriter recommendation is the not always totally gloomy but always heavy and usually pretty awesome Thalia Zedek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AJbSnAwJ6M

    • JJM

      huehuehue, is that a cock ‘n balls?
      (sorry for being inappropriate)

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Don’t think so, she’s not into that.

    • CT-12

      Dude, I feel like I haven’t seen on here in forever! Truth be told, I’m not always on here or plodding through the comments, but just wanted to say, glad to see you’re still here!

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Cheers man! I’ve not been around here as much recently, been spending more time reading, had problems with internet access/speakers/headphones etc. But I haven’t gone anywhere.

  • Stockhausen

    All I can listen to at the moment in Emiliana Torrini since Bandcamp is blocked. There is much digging to be had.

    • Rubber Balls And Liquor

      Youtube has all her stuff.

  • JJM

    here’s my fav singer/songwriter, Lisa Miskovsky (discovered her on an In Flames song):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWIOH8myFvk

    • Stockhausen

      I’m sorry you went through that, but excellent find!

  • CT-12

    My homeboy is apparently really good friends with this lady, and from what I’ve seen posted in this article so far, I wouldn’t doubt some of y’all would dig this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMej0comw88

    • JJM

      LOVE IT! <3

  • JVVG

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRedqQIEsh4

    The rest of the album has nowhere near this ‘mood’. It’s an excellent synth-pop diversion from all heavy and all gloom all the time though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGE7n-aexSw

    • I would sell my girlfriend into slavery to be with LIGHTS.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Such a cutie.

      • JJM

        don’t do that, i like your girlfr—
        whoa she is attractive.

        • Dagon

          Can she cook, though? Varg taught me I need valor to unlock a good wife NPC.

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            This was awesome, and so is MYFAROG

          • ** BUY MYFAROG FOR FURTHER INFORMATION **

            UH… WOW!

      • I sure hope your GF doesn’t lurk among us….

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        Currently paying market price for slaves

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      I love me some Lights.

      She had a kid recently, whom she named Rocket. I don’t know whether to deem that corny or awesome.

    • Rubber Balls And Liquor

      Loves me some dreampop and synthpop!

  • Dagon

    This is great, man, I remember that night we went off on female singer-songwriters. Nice post. Looking forward to the next installments.

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Yeah dude, that was fun.

  • God ov All

    I’m a sucker for the melancholic. And this is exactly what I’m looking for. I can’t wait to get off work to listen to these. Katatonia and anathema can only satiate my tastes for so long.

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    This post needed to happen.

    Also on a related note, gracias to the fish god for putting me on to Tiê. That lady has a wonderful voice.

    • Dagon

      No problem, dude. Tiê is also sitting here at my room and she is very happy. She loves hearing from fans.

      *Gets institutionalized

      • JJM

        it’s lovely.

    • JJM

      that’s a tough one to google. got any links?

      • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

        Try typing in “Tiê Esmeraldas” for her I believe latest album and proceed from there.

  • JVVG
    • CT-12

      Yeah dude, if Willie and Townes Van Zandt don’t get in the next installment of this series, I don’t know what to think. Some of the most sobering music ever wrote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZcH2OOMV4A

        • Dagon

          Before you guys finish all the material you’d like to cover a Drown Your Sorrows feature with singers in other languages could be a good idea. I can contribute with a lot.

      • Dagon

        I didn’t know Townes before that album of covers by Scott Kelly, Wino and Steve Von Till.

        Needless to say I have corrected my erroneous ways by binging hard on Van Zandt.

        • CT-12

          Hahahaha, same here! I never even checked out that tribute album, but the name stuck and I checked out some TWZ’s actual music and was floored.

          • Dagon

            It’s one of those rare instances the voice alone has a ton of emotional power. I am pretty sure if you took his vocal tracks alone you would still feel as involved as in the full songs.

        • Rubber Balls And Liquor

          And George Thorogood covered ‘Who Do You Love’.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms6sf0XfQNc

          • more beer

            you gotta love a guy who i s bad to the bone who doesn’t pay his rent and drinks alone!

          • Rubber Balls And Liquor

            And tells his lady to start drinking or he’s gonna leave.

          • more beer

            Yep a mans man!!

      • Rubber Balls And Liquor

        Loved the movie about him ‘Be There To Love Me’. Incredibly heartfelt and unique artist, and quite a tragic one.
        Do you like Rodriguez?

        • CT-12

          Yeah man, “Be Here to Love Me” is fucking crazy, I couldn’t believe how fucked the guy’s life really was. And yes, I do also like Rodriguez, though I only have “Cold Fact”. I hadn’t heard of him until the movie came out, but he’s a really fucking good songwriter. I’ll have to pick up his other album not that you’ve reminded me.

          • Rubber Balls And Liquor

            Yeah, Coming From Reality is definitely a darker album than Cold Fact. He has a new one in the works, hopefully he gets it out there before he croaks. He’s definitely up there in years and starting to lose his sight.

  • SUNLIGHTBEARD

    How can you like dis and not cats?

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Because cats are assholes. At least the ones I’ve been stuck around are.

    • Dagon

      See: toxoplasmosis

      • JJM

        not falling for another one of your made-up medical terms.
        unless it’s something excellent, which would make sense coming from cats.

        • JVVG

          Occasional bouts of Cat-alepsy

  • Sad music, particularly depressing music is my favorite. One reason I am constantly deepthroating the cock of Woods of Ypres and Novembers Doom is because they’re music sounds sad and depressing to me. Woods of Desolation is one of my most recent discoveries of music that is really sad sounding. I’m totes getting all these albums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePHvl9vFmeo

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    One of the few good things that other blog put me on to was Dust Moth. Irene Barber has some great vocals.

    https://youtu.be/3lIJ5-wgILM

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      YEAH DUDE! Wish they would put some more shit out.

  • sweetooth0
  • Although Chelsea Wolfe is all the woman I’ll ever need (sorry Tori), Liz Harris also sometimes shreds the heartstrings:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnejbIBLGTg

  • J.R.

    This “Native State” slices the soul, bros. Must have gotten some BDubs super spicy wing sauce in my eye earlier when I was scarfing those suckers down with no hands.
    Fuggg

  • JamesGrimm
    • Lacertilian

      I took the missus to see Regina Spektor at the Sydney Opera House, great gig.

  • Rubber Balls And Liquor

    I was listening to Emilian Torinni a few weeks ago, and loved it. She also did Golem’s song for one of the LOTR movies (I forget which one).

  • Rubber Balls And Liquor
  • Rubber Balls And Liquor