Catherine Feeny | People in the Hole

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People in the Hole

by Catherine Feeny

Affecting songs with a dark pop sensibility and quietly devastating vocals. What you might expect of a Joni Mitchell/Morissey collaboration.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Jacaranda
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2. People in the Hole
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3. He's Like You, Only Better
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4. Bleeder
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5. The Bell & the Anchor
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6. New York in the Spring
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7. Last Night I Awoke in the Midst of a Dream
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8. You Better Run
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9. The Rest of Them
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10. Junk Queen (feat. Brian Wright)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 2008, Catherine Feeny drove 12,000 miles with her husband-to-be in a 1990 Mazda 323 called Swansong, playing more than 40 planned and impromptu shows in dens, livingrooms and gardens all over the United States. She had just been dropped by her London-based record label (Charisma/EMI), and the situation called for radical action. "It was a break-up," says Feeny. "I felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach, but at the same time, like I'd been set free. That tour helped me reclaim myself."

Landing in Portland, OR, a city her sometime tourmate Jacob Golden bigged-up for its creativity and innovation, Feeny started to grow roots -- figuratively and literally. She played local shows and met the musicians in town, while also starting to nourish the soil in her backyard, priming it for tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.

"It is easy, as a touring artist, to confine yourself to a small sphere," she says. "You don't make connections with your community, you're only friends with other people who are always on tour -- it can get very egocentric. I needed more balance."

Feeny, who had a finished album in hand that she'd recorded in England, took time to build a life in her new hometown, one friendship at a time. And when she finally felt like she was home, she turned her attention toward the lovely and long-awaited third album, "People in the Hole."

Presciently titled, the album quietly began to make its way into the world as the financial sector threatened to collapse. Combining darkly poppy songwriting with evocative instrumentation and coolly brilliant vocals, it is a laidback gem.


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You don’t need any more than “Morrissey meets Joni Mitchell” to grab my attention, but I think this album has something different and better going for it, sounding more like Feist . Beginning with the slow-burning “Jacaranda”, with its gentle ebb and tide of piano and orchestral flourishes, to the lightly groovy and old-timey “The Bell & the Anchor” to the Tom Waitsian Latin-tinged “You Better Run”, this album’s got something for everyone. The penultimate track “The Rest of Them” is particularly haunting, with subtle piano, sparse guitar and drums, with strings and high, minor harmonies providing the perfect complement to the lyrical warning “if you don’t learn to see what’s in front of you, you will be just like the rest of them”. Filled with rich production and clever arrangements, effortless genre-crossing and personal, vivid lyrics, there’s a lot to listen to and love here.