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It opens with a plea. While everything around us, world events, work, technology, all seem to push and shout at us to "Go! Go! Go!" Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters' first recording for Skybucket Records, emerges as a sobering voice, calling on us to slow down, savor these moments, this music, each other... Over the course of the thirteen tracks comprising Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters examine themes of transition, family, impermanence and loss, delivering a message rich with hope, compassion and a powerful understanding of how these shared experiences connect us with one another.
Following extensive performances across the southeast in support of 2006ís We Are Not Lovers, Delicate Cutters reconvened in 2009, pared down from a quintet to a quartet, to begin working on the songs that would become Some Creatures. This paring down offered new opportunities for Janet Simpson to explore more space in her songwriting. This space provides an opportunity for each player to explore his voice and expression in the ensemble. The result is a set songs that are trim without being spare, a focused album of unified vision.
Kevin Nicholson, a well-known fiddle player in the South Eastern U.S.'s Irish music scene, helps propel the emotional intensity of the album. Ferocious at times, at others subdued and textural, his play sets a deft balance with Janetís vocal and instrumental work. Chance Shirley, in addition to leading the rhythm section, brings his experience as a film director to the band, enhancing the cinematic scope of the album, a fact evidenced by the licensing of one of the albumís tracks in the upcoming film L.A. I Hate You starring Malcolm McDowell. Bass player Brian Moon also produced the album, his intimacy with songs apparent in the rewards found in repeated intentional listens.
Having completed the final mixes for Some Creatures, Delicate Cutters have resumed writing and performing across the Southeast as they gear up for the albumís early 2011 release. With more extensive touring planned for late Summer and early Falll, the band plans to build upon the reputation their live shows have garnered. Whether performing in large or more intimate venues, Delicate Cutters look forward to sharing their harrowing intimacy with new audiences in 2011 and beyond.
Photo by Brandon Brown