[ BaDa Bing / LP ]
Release Date: Friday 12 May 2017
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Since the release of her sophomore album Life on Earth, Seattle-based musician Jesy Fortino (Tiny Vipers) has become a civil engineer. While studying at University of Washington to pursue a wholly new life direction, she wrote and recorded Laughter.
Although Laughter seems like a deviation from the singer-songwriter albums Fortino released on Sub Pop, it can be seen as a continuation of early works such as Empire Prism, and later instrumental works like her 2015 contribution to the 'Ambience' series (Box Bedroom Rebels) and collaborations with Rafael Anton Irisarri and Liz Harris (Grouper).
The record presents a spectrum of emotions that accompanied Fortino's engineering studies. Opener "Boarding Charon's Boat" is full of wonder and curiosity. There is also uncertainty, frustration, and despair, like the lyrics in "K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid):" "You think you won't let this world harm you / you think you won't let anyone down / you've listed away your own heart."
In between these extremes there is a soundscape of patience, hope, discovery, and adventure. The apprehension that comes along with trying something new and challenging is captured in the fragile structure of the compositions, which threaten to fall apart almost as soon as they come together.
1. Boarding Charon's Boat
2. Crossing the River of Yourself
3. Living on a Curve
5. The Summer of Moments