Town Called Nothing.
A Great Solo Effort That Neatly Mixes Genres and Comes Out Victorious
When I was much younger and a devotee to the U.K. and USA charts; answering just about any question on a particular single; and in recent years I have also generally always been able to recall gigs and venues with absolute confidence.
However, I’ve never ever been able to remember the names of individual band members (apart from a few obvious groups); so when I heard about this release I never thought that it would be even remotely connected to Blood Red Shoes.
Despite having seen them on several occasions and having all of their releases, I never realised that Laura-Mary Carter is the female member.
Hang your head in shame Bill.
Naturally I was keen to see and hear how much her release would sit alongside the guitar driven modus operandi of Blood Red Shoes.
The simple answer is ‘totally different’.
The EP title relates to a place in Arizona that really is called Nothing and has a population of TWO!
Laura-Mary was so fascinated that she has visited it and with the assistance of Ed Harcourt has produced a lovely track backed with an equally good video – you can almost feel the tumbleweed blowing down the Main Street – assuming there is one in Nothing.
‘Get in my car.
Let’s drive to to nowhere.
In this town called Nothing’.
A beautiful vocal and guitar backing on a track that would fall easily into Alt Folk or Indie Folk, and is as far away from BRS as it’s possible to get.
To complete the story apparently Laura-Mary was told by a tarot card reader that she would find her heart in Arizona – she didn’t and there weren’t actually TWO people living in Nothing.
The opening track ‘Blue’s Not My Colour’ relates the sad story of a relationship ‘going nowhere in a hurry ‘ never caring for the likes of you my friend
it didn’t even bother me when you spoke sarcastically’.
The first time that we appreciate this is a massive change from her previous duo’s releases and it’s a lovely Country tinged tune.
To continue the theme of broken relationships Ceremony emphasises how they can just drag on as there is
‘nothing worse than being stuck when the doors are being shut’.
The various tracks have been recorded in an assortment of studios across both the U.K. and USA and they reflect the artist ‘s clear leaning towards Americana.
The bulk of the tracks were written using an acoustic guitar while she was in LA; and she felt that doing so it allowed her to concentrate more on her vocals; but in a far more reserved and contemplative mood than on her duo songs with Steve.
It will be interesting to see what if any effect this will have on the upcoming Blood Red Shoes album due early in 2022.
A mere six tracks; but all different in their own way and all worthy of inclusion on a release that surprised me very pleasantly and hopefully, this won’t just be her only solo release.
Before I finish I must bring up a Blood Red Shoes gig several years ago in Newcastle, which three of us had really enjoyed, only for Steve to offer an apology at the end, that ‘we hadn’t been at our best that night’ much to the amazement of the audience.
Great effort Laura-Mary with (hopefully) a lot more to come.
Released December 3rd 2021
Review Courtesy Bill Redhead
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