Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Christa Couture

Much of how people order their world is around dualities. Right or wrong. Us or them. Star Wars or Star Trek. Inability to grasp the interconnectedness of the entire picture leads to most of the world's conflicts in my opinion. Thinking about the title of Christa Couture's album could make you question simple black or white. The Wedding Singer and the Undertaker. As Christa points out, "You can't have one without the other." If anyone should know, it's Christa. The album is her response to dealing with falling in love and the heartbreaking death of her infant son.

Two sets of powerful emotions intermeshed in one powerful album. The instrumentation is pleasing, but the overwhelming beauty here lies in Christa's lyrics. From the opening track Sad Story Over, which you can hear below:
and it seems her sad story could be over on this page
if she takes this painter for a lover then her story will change
she puts the brush in his hands, leans in to him
says "paint me a kiss, then paint me a kiss again"
she was cold lying on his bedroom floor
the autumn window was open, the air marching to frozen
Christa's vocals, and the artistic feel of the album as a whole very much reminds me of Ani DiFranco, whose fans will most likely enjoy this album as well. It's quite a strong collection whose lyrics read very poetical in the liner notes and deserve to be heard as well.

and one from her first album:

Visit her website, her label One Foot Tapping Records, and become her friend on MySpace.


Ani DiFranco - Both Hands : Ani DiFranco

Upcoming Tour Dates

June 4 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
June 5 - Sault Ste-Marie, ON - Lop Lop’s
June 6 - Toronto, ON - Tranzac Club
June 8 - Oakville, ON - Moonshine Café
June 9 - Toronto, ON - Mitzi’s Sister
June 10 - Sarnia, ON - Coffee Lodge
June 11 - Peterborough, ON - The Spill
June 12 - Wakefield, QC - Black Sheep Inn
June 13 - Ottawa, ON - Café Nostalgica
June 14 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Zaricot Café
June 21 - Hamilton, ON - House concert
June 24 - Wabigoon, ON - Green Archers
June 25 - Winnipeg, MB - Candor Shop
June 26 - Onanole, MB - Home Routes house concert
June 28 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive
June 29 - Edmonton, AB - The Empress

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