Photo: Jon Strymish
Born and raised in northern California, Margaret Glaspy brought her indescribable voice to the East Coast in the mid 2000s with no looking back. After years of arduous gigging in the New England area, the indie troubadour has finally finished her first proper release, an EP titled If & When, which sees the light of day today digitally via StorySound Records. With all songs written by Margaret, the young artist the young artist co-produced the EP with Grammy-winner Dick Connette (Loudon Wainwright III, Gabriel Kahane). With a physical release date in tow, fans can now buy the EP on iTunes and Amazon, among other digital retailers.
In celebration of today’s release, Margaret has put out her fan-favorite cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor”. Available for free download via Paste Magazine. Margaret shares, “Lauryn’s album stayed with me in growing up and became all the more relevant. I had never thought to cover any of her material, considering it untouchable, but “Ex-Factor” found its way into my live show directly after going through a breakup. During shows I feel like it sews the audience together into a blanket of purple and grey and everyone (myself included) is transported to the time that they first discovered Lauryn Hill or is faced with the truths of their relationships. It’s an experience that makes me feel like a vessel and as much a part of the audience as the performer, adoring what Lauryn gave us and letting the world know what she gave me.”
Margaret is a committed student to the music around her and has been writing some of the most innovative and heartfelt material of her generation. With a list of influences including Oumou Sangaré, Feist, Jeff Buckley, and Nina Simone, she has created a sound and writing style that is undeniable, honest, and a tribute to the beautiful music that she has discovered throughout her 23 years. As Performer Magazine states, “What makes Glaspy special…is that these and other influences don’t serve as tracing paper, or sources from which to imitate. Rather, Glaspy’s interested in intersections, in the overlap between Joan Baez and Ella Fitzgerald and Lauryn Hill, in those in-between spaces where music exists beyond genre and definition and is, instead, something elevated. That’s the space she creates her songs in.”
For those in New York City – Margaret will be doing a month-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall on Mondays – Starting February 4th at 9PM. More info is available here. Margaret celebrates the EPs arrival tonight in Boston at Club Passim.
MARGARET GLASPY – IF & WHEN
2. Us Not Them
3. You’re Smiling (But I Don’t Believe You)
4. Back To You
5. Who Said
:: About StorySound Records ::
Back in 2005, Dick Connette, together with Scott Lehrer, opened up a recording studio they built in an old industrial building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. StorySound Records has grown, naturally enough, out of the social and professional life of that studio – the sessions, the pantry hangs, the players and producers, engineers and arrangers, composers, singers and songwriters that are part of Dick’s daily life there. The label has no grander ambition that to make a good home for music that he cares about. The first CD the label released, High Wide & Handsome by Loudon Wainwright III, won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. Other StorySound artists include Rayna Gellert, Gabriel Kahane, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, and Margaret Glaspy. Its latest release, Way To Blue, is a tribute to Nick Drake, produced by Joe Boyd.