Tiny Vipers / Life on Earth LP - 4073998
Put together by our friends at Luckyhorse Industries, this beautiful, 2-LP version of Tiny Vipers’ Life on Earth is hand-assembled and hand-numbered. Limited to 500 copies.
Released: February 10, 2010
Tiny Vipers / Life on Earth - SP836
Tiny Vipers is Jesy Fortino, a musician living in Seattle. Since her last and first album, 2007’s Hands Across the Void, she has been back and forth across Europe, on tours into and through the United States, transfixing audiences into a solemn hush. Transcending the mere folk tag (“She’s not telling stories; she’s after incantation and trance” — New York Times), Fortino draws from disparate inspirational sources, from the avant-garde or from country musician Townes Van Zandt. Recordings for the new album began at home and were then interpreted by Andrew Hernandez in a classic analog studio in Austin, TX. Retaining both the glow of her work on guitar and the strength of her voice, Hernandez has captured the organic nature mirrored in the concepts of the album. Life on Earth gives musical life to those themes that inhabit her lyricisms: love found and lost, places come and gone. The future annihilates the past, consuming it like a fire. A shining hope permeates the threat of doom here. Desperation fades and leaves you free in the end.
Released: July 7, 2009
Tiny Vipers / Hands Across The Void - SP739
Being a solo acoustic female singer songwriter comes with its share of conspicuous baggage. And, Seattle’s Jesy Fortino, who records and performs as Tiny Vipers, has been spared little of it: she’s played coffee shops, on mismatched bills with by-the-book folkies, and fielded far too many questions that address her gender rather than her music. Fortunately for us (and, we can only imagine, even more so for her) these things all fall away when she plays. Inhabiting the space carved out by minimal guitar, gentle textures and stark, immediate vocals, Tiny Vipers’ music evokes the contrast and quiet, empty beauty of a grey northwest landscape. Jesy has spent the past two and a half years exploring these landscapes, locally releasing a few artfully-packaged CDRs and playing shows all over the Northwest. Recorded in Seattle at Red Room Studios in late fall of 2006, Hands Across the Void is Tiny Vipers’ first full-length record and her Sub Pop debut. Enlisting the help of engineer Chris Commons and friend, musician, and Austin music-scene expat Ben Cissner, Jesy used this opportunity to explore new textures, instruments and harmonies. The result is a uniquely striking record that’s as fully realized as it is spare and beautiful.
Released: July 24, 2007