Take Janette Napolitano, Tori Amos, and Courtney Love, add classical violin, and top it off with enough energy to power the nation well into the next millenium and you might be getting close to the fresh, powerfully eloquent sounds of Lourds. Backed by guitarist T.J. Jordan, bassist Drew Santarsiero, and drummer Harvey Neil, Lourds mixes her unique blend of classical violin, acoustic guitar and piano with a passion that threatens to shake the foundation of music everywhere. From the intimate and inviting to the strident and defiant; that is Lourds and that’s only the first track.
The passion and sentiment raging through all 14 tracks of Lourds debut album, Limited Edition Basement Tapes, show us the heart and soul of a young woman that has loved and lost and loved again that strikes an emotional chord on the heart strings of anyone that has shared her feelings. As Lourds tells it, “they all come from a real place, a real situation, so they all have meaning to me,” which explains the purity of the emotion Lourds shares with her listeners that is both inspiring and infectious.
“Music is my therapy; music is my best friend; music is my lover” Lourds says and her music is potent enough to be therapeutic, friend and lover to us all. Knowing someone else has felt what we’ve all felt at one time or another and to be able to share it with a clarity enough to make the Oracle at Delphi envious; that is Lourds.
This is one of the first albums from a new artist in a long time I am adding to my list of all time favorites. I encourage you to go get your own copy of this disc because I’m not sharing mine.