Desert Varnish

by Amy Blaschke

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    Self released, Bird on a Lyre Records. Cardboard sleeve design, full color CD. Made in the USA. Photography by Ixchel Lara. Layout by Jiha Lee.

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An Amy Blaschke song is like a well-worn gold locket, deceptively simple on the surface, opening to reveal a beautiful, secret wonder. It could be a sneaky counter-melody of guitar or a lush, hushed vocal that perfectly captures one of the many shades of heartache. While lovely and confessional, her delivery is never precious.

Desert Varnish, Blaschke's 4th album, released January 18th, 2013, is named after the patina on weathered desert rocks, like those found in Joshua Tree National Park.

Blaschke writes songs as beautiful as they are restless. Her tunes often bubble with melancholia but refuse to wallow. The instrumentation is mostly sparse here, but to call her instrumentation minimal and her compositions soft is misleading. That Blaschke’s dreamy, airy, singular purr is perhaps the most affecting instrument in the mix is a testament to the sheer vitality of her recordings.

Desert Varnish was recorded in January 2011 and was produced and engineered by Joshua Grange (KD Lang, Dwight Yoakam), featuring Grange on lead guitar, Ian Walker (KD Lang) on bass, Steve Nistor (Sparks, Sparklehorse) on drums and Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann) on keys.

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released January 18, 2013

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Amy Blaschke Los Angeles, California

An Amy Blaschke song is like a well-worn, gold locket that perfectly captures one of the many shades of heartache. That Blaschke’s dreamy, airy, singular purr is perhaps the most affecting instrument in the mix is a testament to the sheer vitality of her recordings. The Seattle-born singer/songwriter currently resides in Los Angeles, California. ... more

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