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Vienna Teng, Waking Hour, 2002

Posted in chamber pop, singer-songwriter with tags , , on May 1, 2011 by deadleafonafence

Tracklist:
1. The Tower
2. Momentum
3. Gravity
4. Daughter
5. Between
6. Say Uncle
7. Drought
8. Enough to Go By
9. Unwritten Letter #1
10. Eric’s Song
11. Soon Love Soon
12. Lullaby for a Stormy Night
13. Decade and One

Myspace
Last.fm

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“the one who survives by making the lives
of others worthwhile
she’s coming apart
right before my eyes
the one who depends on the services she renders
to those who come knocking
she’s seeing too clearly what she can’t be
what understanding defies”
Vienna Teng, The Tower

Despite not being her best album musically, her lyrics are very meaningful… if you desire to find it so. Here’s an example of -for me- the most disquieting song in this album both in lyrics and melody explained by Vienna herself.

If you liked it, you might like her latest albums, Dreaming Through The Noise and Inland Territory

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once Soundtrack, 2006

Posted in chamber pop with tags , , , on July 2, 2010 by deadleafonafence

Tracklist:

01. Falling Slowly
02. If You Want Me
03. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
04. When Your Minds Made Up
05. Lies
06. Gold
07. The Hill
08. Fallen from the Sky
09. Leave
10. Trying to Pull Myself Away
11. All the Way Down
12. Once
13. Say It to Me Now

MySpace (The Frames, The Irish band of Glen Hansard)

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Vienna Teng, Inland Territory, 2009

Posted in chamber pop, singer-songwriter with tags , on May 20, 2010 by deadleafonafence

Tracklist:
1. “The Last Snowfall” – 3:24
2. “White Light” – 4:12
3. “Antebellum” – 4:43
4. “Kansas” – 4:31
5. “In Another Life” – 3:32
6. “Grandmother Song” – 3:32
7. “Stray Italian Greyhound” – 4:06
8. “Augustine” – 3:13
9. “No Gringo” – 5:23
10. “Watershed” – 4:37
11. “Radio” – 4:13
12. “St. Stephen’s Cross” – 5:07

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Last.fm

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(It was hard to choose exemplary songs, but anyway; I chose one of the most famous in this album, and a little discreet masterpiece)

You might want to try her previous releases, Dreaming Through The Noise and Waking Hour

Vienna Teng, Dreaming Through The Noise, 2006

Posted in chamber pop, singer-songwriter with tags , on April 23, 2010 by deadleafonafence

Tracklist:
1. Blue Caravan
2. Whatever You Want
3. Love Turns 40
4. I Don\’t Feel So Well
5. City Hall
6. Nothing Without You
7. Transcontinental, 1:30 am
8. 1BR/1BA
9. Now Three
10. Pontchartrain
11. Recessional

Try it here (320 rip + covers + lyrics)

Myspace
Last.fm

Don’t miss the very well-worked lyrics. Some of them are astonishing.

“he’s a company man, your right hand, 13 years and counting. no detectable ambition. a model of efficiency, far as you can see. he knows every loophole, the art of fine print, massages the numbers ’til they fit. and every time you ask him for another vanishing act, he half-smiles as if to say: whatever you want is fine by me. never a real moment together but she understands: you’re an important man. (…)” (Vienna Teng, Whatever You Want)

“it’s the quiet night that breaks me. I cannot stand the sight of this familiar place. it’s the quiet night that breaks me, like a dozen papercuts that only I can trace. all my books are lying useless now. all my maps will only show me how to lose my way. // oh call my name. you know my name. and in that sound, everything will change. tell me it won’t always be this hard. I am nothing without you, but I don’t know who you are.” (Vienna Teng, Nothing Without You)

“Sunday: dark water draining north, the heat swells and bursts like plague. Sunday: ever-so-faint slow tambourine glides onward toward the grave. who drew the line? who drew the line between you and me? who drew the line that everyone sees? darling, Lake Pontchartrain is haunted: bones without names, photographs framed in reeds. darling,
what blood our veins are holding. the overpass frozen, fires ablaze at sea. who drew the line? who drew the line that cuts to the skin, buries me in? tell me who drew the line. darling don’t close your eyes.” (Vienna Teng, Pontchartrain)

Expect more posts on her in a nearby future.