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Rachael Yamagata

Concerts & MusicA few rounds of heartbreak a broken wrist eight stitches a blown-out eardrum and label realignment.It wasnt easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata. Three years after she began to appear on the publics radar with her self-titled debut EP and full-length album Happenstance, Rachael will release ElephantsTeeth Sinking Into Heart, a single record in two parts, on October 7th, 2008. I didnt set out to make a two part album, Yamagata says. We just followed the songs lyrical lead and built them up with textures and sounds that served the story. The beautiful ones were darker and worked with lush arrangements. We used the sounds of rain, tree branches falling on the roof whatever kept the mood true to this haunted studio in the first stormy days of spring. The second part became more anthemic, like a reclaiming of personal power. Theres something raw about it. To me it sounds weathered, but not broken or cynical.The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking Into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout. Elephants is much more intimate, Yamagata says. Its about being willing to take a risk even if its not going to end up well. Teeth is like rediscovering your backbone after youve gone through the loss.Yamagata sometimes worries that her need to analyze heartache in her songwriting is too often mistaken as depressed obsession. After all, her songs are famously populated by breakups. I see it more as a fascination with human relationships and behavior, she says, the struggles we create and the strength we gain. Her lyrics display an ability to draw new wisdom and confidence from every devastating experience in the hope that the next time will be different. ElephantsTeeth Sinking Into Heart, reveal a woman not only undaunted by such losses, but smart enough to know she deserves a lot more than
February 25, 2018
February 25, 2018
Union Stage 740 Water Street SW Washington, District of Columbia 20024 United States
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