Karen Black - Dreaming Of You 1971-1976 LP+7"
Label: Anthology Recordings
Release Date: July 16th, 2021
Anthology Recordings is honored to present Dreaming of You (1971-1976), the first ever collection of Karen Black's breathtaking original songs out July 16th. A prominent actor in the American New Wave, visual artist and unyielding creative spirit, Karen Black was also an accomplished musician. Produced by Cass McCombs and meticulously restored from the original tapes, Dreaming of You (1971-1976) gathers the best of Black's studio and demo recordings. The collection's fifteen tracks are a holistic depiction of Black's dreamy, introspective and earnest musical identity. Recalling the everywoman quality of Judy Collins and the quiet mystery of Billie Holiday, Black largely sings over simple acoustic guitar strumming, her voice a beacon amid tales of fantasy and heartache. Her range swings from fluttering highs to earthen lows, with a distinctiveness that evokes the enduring quality of early Asylum Records and the new classics of Angel Olsen. When she wasn't on set, she scrawled hundreds of poems and lyrics, and set them to acoustic guitar or piano. As with acting, songwriting for Black was a study in confession and in character. She often completed multiple takes of a song exploring that relationship, changing her tone, phrasing or cadence in each. RIYL: Cass McCombs, Angel Olsen, Judy Collins, Billie Holiday, Vashti Bunyan, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson.