Ursa Minor: Showface CD Release
Show Description“One we keep coming back to, finding something new each time.”
-Time Out New York
“Bold and original”
-All Music Guide
“Ethereal yet concise... strong melodies... Storm cloud through a picture window”
Ursa Minor can take the Violent Femmes' sweet little ballad "Please Do Not Go" and turn it into a smoldering reggae slowjam, somewhere between Blondie's version of "The Tide is High" and Patti Smith's "Birdland." Singer Michelle Casillas and her band can wring every drop of feeling out of a song, whether it's loud or lowdown, sweet or seething.
Their first album, Silent Moving Picture, leans more on vintage electric pianos and the members' considerable jazz backgrounds. (It also made them label mates with Sonic Youth and Blonde Redhead.) This Spring will see the release of their followup, Showface. The sound is often bigger, louder, more pugnacious; the album's emotional range is almost schizophrenic: this is the sound of a band playing whatever turns them on at the time. Live, they combine peerless musicianship with Casillas' unnevervingly direct, captivating delivery.
Ursa Minor's long awaited new release, Showface, was produced by Tony Scherr, with Ursa Minor and Teddy Kumpel. The album features Michelle Casillas on vocals & guitar, Rob Jost (Imogen Heap, Bjork) on bass, Robert DiPietro (Norah Jones, Josh Rouse) on drums, and Tony Scherr (Sexmob, Feist, Bill Frisell) on guitars. Plus very special guests TBA.