Rainbows in the Dark:  Karin Park — “Private Collection”

Combining crystal clear vehement vocals, expansive synths, and a small assortment of airy instrumentation, Karin Park has created a beautiful album of thoughtful, calculated compositions that is Private Collection.  This album may seem simple upon first listen as there is not a lot of variation in style or a wide range of instruments used, but it is clear that each contribution is with immense purpose and it is finished with a clean production.  The beauty is in Karin Park’s vocals and the personal nature of each arrangement as she shares herself with listeners as a singer-songwriter as well as a wife and a mother.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Courtney Barnett – “Don’t Apply Compression Gently”

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It’s well past time I hop onboard the Rainbows in the Dark bandwagon, and I’ll start with Courtney Barnett. The Australian singer-songwriter’s been high on my list all year, thanks to both the success of her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit as well as a terrific gig at the Bowery Ballroom last month in support of the album. But this post isn’t about that album. Instead, we’re going to take it back a couple of years.    Continue reading