Connie-Kim | Ponderosa

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Ponderosa

by Connie-Kim

A collection of panoramic jewel boxes combining string bass, violin and other acoustic instruments, electronics, and things found in the kitchen.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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1. Pomegranate
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2. Little Monkey
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3. The Smallest Tree
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4. Empire State
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5. Singapore
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6. Lovely As The Day
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7. Ferenchak Sisters
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8. Kathleen
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9. Lo-Lite
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10. My Rifle, My Pony And Me
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Sebastien

Fantastic!
I love this recording. I do.

Mr. Vandelay

Connnie-Kim Ponderosa
It is a rare joy to feel utterly convinced of a record's authenticity. There is no lazy emotionalism or fatigue borne of predictable hooks to be found here. I didn't really notice it at first, but I'm pretty sure there isn't a single song about love, or about losing love, or never having found love. As with everything else about this record, Connie-Kim chose not to peddle around in the crowded shallow end of the pool, but instead ventures out and captures snapshots of moments that would otherwise have, it seems, gone unnoticed. And in crafting little worlds out of each of them, I couldn't help but feel completely drawn in. There is an earnestness here, a directness that seduces. Connie-Kim is a reporter; and like any good reporter she knows better than to let the story become about her. At the same time her vantage point is unique, rendering the unseen suddenly visible through what seems like little more than a slight shift in view, at scales that range from the tiniest wonder to an expansive vista. She delights in the odd for what it reveals, not as an object to fetishistically exploit. If you're looking for background music to your life, I would suggest you move on. If you happened on this record and are ready to spend some time in someone else's world, I cannot recommend it enough.

William Brown

listen gently
Poetry! I am so looking forward to heading to my backyard on this sunny day, climbing into the hammock with my mp3 player and taking in a large dose of artist Connie-kim's newest music. As I listen now, my body gently sways to "The Smallest Tree." Later, I plan on listening leisurely as the lyric in "Pomegranate" articulates "the winter coat slowly unravels"

maxwellvision

This album is a jewel.
Charming, mysterious and magically alluring, connie-kim's Ponderosa is a jewel. Listening to her voice is like feeling the warmth of the morning sun of a new day. The collection of songs on this record are visually engaging, the production is colorful and nostalgic. Using classical instruments, blending European folk, contemporary ambiance and mingling with rhythmic things found in the kitchen, producers connie-kim and Mike Schmid have created an eclectic and very satisfying orchestral mix.
Her melodies are beautiful. Her poetry visual and intimate. In these recordings it is clear that love is her light.
Ponderosa has been looping out my speakers for days, I only wish the songs were longer, but that is part of connie-kim's charm. Like little windows into comfortable dreams, this record is consistently enjoyable. The songs 'Lovely as the Day' and 'Lo-Lite' have been added to my list of classics.

Adam F

A Diamond in the Rough
A series of vivid dreams full of color and texture. Hearing each song feels like discovering a new city. Connie-Kim is a true original, and this album is hard proof. Brilliant, haunting, fragile and lovely. You should buy this. There is nothing like it.

sphinxy-crow

Epic
Connie-Kim’s “Ponderosa” is an epic work, simultaneously expansive and almost claustrophobic in it’s intimacy, and like all good ear candy, it’s catchy as hell. Unlike her amazing debut ep that utilized a more formal setting of a string quartet, this time she chose a more varied palette. She and co-producer Mike Schmid kept things more stark and zen, relying more on accordion, bells, strongly and precisely plucked guitar, yet they add many undefinable sounds that achieve a panoramic scenic quality that builds subtly from track to track.

C’s lyrics never condescend, and never give too much away at once. They dovetail perfectly with the filmic textures, eliciting a desire to hear more, not less. I put it on my iPhone and let it loop several times on first listen, and it reveals more each time through.

I could go track-by-track and use up more than my allotted space here, but I will confine my comments to two standout tracks. “Ferenchak Sisters” uses a jaunty Slavic verse to describe two possibly supernaturally creepy siblings, building to a manic frenzy, giving way to a dark sexy undertow of a chorus, “they are cherry, cherry bombs.”

“Little Monkey” is as unsettling in imagery as it is original, she intones “You broke her wishbone, don’t try to cry.” It is a delicate testimony to love and obsession, never preachy, just dead on.

“My Rifle, My Pony, and Me” is a Ricky Nelson cover from the film “Rio Bravo” (John Wayne, Dean Martin also starred) and she sells it with zero irony and a sincerely heartbreaking lilt. I immediately hit repeat three or four times, basking in it’s aching loveliness.

Grab this and treat yourself to a true artist. Like me, you will be back for more.