Untangle

by Alexandra Day

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    Untangle was released March 7, 2011 and showcases a scaled-down texture, compared to her 2008 full-band disk No Castles No Moats. Much of the album was recorded at home during a summer residency at the downtown loft of Philadelphia music patroness, composer, and pianist Andrea Clearfield. This inspiring location is full of art, instruments, and plants and has been the location of monthly musical salons for the last 8 years. Living alone in such a rich space high above the city streets afforded Day a unique opportunity to reflect, a recurring theme on this record.

    Playing a Steinway grand piano with notes floating up to a 30-foot vaulted ceiling in a sun-drenched loft space seems an idyllic way to make a record. However, recording in the bustling downtown area of Philadelphia during the hottest summer since 1872 added a dose of reality/personality to the project. With windows barely cracked and the ancient AC unit and ceiling fan turned off for the sake of a noiseless take, the temperature in the room was usually over 100 degrees. Have you ever seen a melted key ring? Waiting for moments of respite between sounds of sirens, traffic, children playing, and an active construction site next door prolonged the sessions, and the singing of friendly birds added a natural element to the soundscape.

    A concert at Slippery Rock University on March 25 kicked off a 15-show CD Release tour which also included dates in Boston, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Venues include cafes, colleges, neighborhood bars, art galleries, and house concerts. Each concert was self-booked, and anchored by a group of local friends or fans, which ensured lively crowds! She also launched a two-month publicity campaign, hitting national and regional publications and radio stations local to the seven regions of her tour.

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released 14 March 2011

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