kaitlyn ni donovan
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, songs for 'three days' (1999)
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan's official Last of the Explorer's site
Early Jane Siberry; Mae Moore's Bohemia-era music, but this is more individual and evocative, a little less mainstream pop.
She's got a knock-out voice and writes songs that are completely and perfectly themselves, and catchy. Her work is individual, subtle, and quietly seductive. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I saw her live at a local club, and her performance was wonderful—the sound live is similar to that of her recordings, but with subtle differences and the added edge that comes from a strong live performance and interaction with other musicians and the audience. Her music, as always, drew me in utterly and the set seemed far too short. (2000, Neile)
Recommended first album:
1994—knd cannibal music (cassette-only release)
Out of Print
Recommended for Kaitlyn Ni Donovan fans
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan—vocals, acoustic gutar, violin
Mark Anderson—electric guitar
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan
Kaitlyn Ni Donovan calls this her Goth album, and it does have a quiet, shadowy Goth spirit (songs are called "solitude", "until hereafter", "uncle fester", "the place", "free", and "overgrown graveyard") and some occasional deliberately eerie moments, but still bears a strong resemblance to her later work. The songwriting doesn't yet show the assurance, poise, and individuality of dinner with bosch and songs for 'three days', but the way she puts levels of sound together is already impressive. A must-have for Ni Donovan fans. (Neile)
1995—New Weave Records, P.O. Box 17553, Portland OR 97217, U.S.A.—NW-645 (cassette-only release)
Possibly out of print—try writing label
Kaitlyn ni Donovan—vocals, guitars, violin
Zumo—accordion, guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, wurlitzer
Jeff & Kaitlyn
This is short, but wonderful, and I've loved it since I bought it, and have played it more than almost all of my cassette-only releases. There are only six songs, but in that space she managed to impress me so much I've been looking for more music from her ever since. Each of the songs is catchy and different but not overstated. (Neile)
1999—Hush Records, Box 12713, Portland OR 97212—018
Wide in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.; also by mail order from label
kaitlyn ni donovan—voice, guitar, violin, viola, mandolin, ukulele
The full-length album is just as wonderful as her previous tape—rich and quiet. Or maybe it's even better because there's more of it. This is one of those discs that's hard to describe: it's creative but subtle about it, rather in the way that Mae Moore's Bohemia snuk its way into our hearts, but I would say this is more subtle, less pop, and that Kaitlyn ni Donovan is a more individual artist, but like Mae Moore, if you're not careful she'll slip right by you. Listen. The more you listen the more you'll hear. (Neile)
kaitlyn ni donovan has contributed to various compilations including New Weave Artists: Timecode, and Hush Records' compilations More, Mass, and flag.
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