The Songbird Award: Karima Walker

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Senior editor Carly Schorman wrote of the album, “Combining elements of drone and folk, Walker crafts layers of sound that can have an eerie effect on the listener, like a half-remembered dream or half-forgotten lover.” And, of Walker’s vocal layers, she wrote, “the juxtaposition of Walker’s ethereal voice against the rough, occasionally grating (gently grating, never overly-grating) effects, creates an interesting aural relationship – one that I could spend hours entrenched in.”

Hands in Our Names is experimental and beautiful in the same breath. Karima Walker’s entrancing voice lends itself to the minimal production in such a way as to give it substance beyond its structure. If you haven’t done so already, spend some time with Hands in Our Names by Karima Walker below…

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Original review of Hands In Our Names by Karima Walker

Previous Songbird Award Winners:

2015: Anamieke of Treasurefruit
2014: Laura Kepner-Adney
2013: Ann Seletos & Lonna Kelly of Cherie Cherie
2012: Kristina Moore

The Songbird Award: Anamieke of Treasurefruit

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Every year an extraordinary singer tends to stand out amongst the others, often for the possession of a lithe, ethereal voice. Anamieke of Treasurefruit has all that but she brings an extra splash of feistiness. Her band’s 2015 release, Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert, combines Anamieke’s scintillating vocal styles with some serious (and seriously fun) rocknroll. Tresurefruit’s been playing the local circuit for several years now so we’ve been waiting on this debut release for some time. Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert fuses sultry with Sonoran for a bluesy, pyschadelic sound uniquely suited to the dark bars of our dusty cities. And through it all is Anamieke’s singular vocal stylings as they move from playful and kittenish (“Giddy Up”) to pensive (“This Point in Time”) to heart-wrenching (“Burn Much Brighter”). She takes this year’s Songbird Award for that reason. Check out Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert here if you haven’t already.

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Check out our prior Songbird Award Winners:

2014 – Laura Kepner-Adney
2013 – Ann Seletos & Lonna Kelly
2012 – Kristina Moore