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MP3 Karen Pernick - Two Kinds of Weather

Beautifully recorded with producer Wayne Horvitz, and engineers Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, Jesse Sykes) and Matt Brown, Two Kinds of Weather, Pernick''s new independent release, reveals a darker side of this songwriter''s voice and craft.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (44:11) !
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Recent Reviews for Two Kinds of Weather

"...Poised at the crossroads where Jesse Sykes, Cowboy Junkies, Neko Case, and Shawn Colvin collide...quiet, huanted refrains...touchingly beautiful" - Musicbox-Online

"Karen Pernick’s soulful sound winds around your heart like a fog around a lonely mountaintop." - Performing Songwriter Magazine

"It’s been 10 years since Karen Pernick released her debut CD, Apartment 12, and she spent much of that time pursuing non-musical paths. However, her sophomore disc, Two Kinds of Weather, is a stunning effort that serves as a reminder that quality is more important that quantity... (the) dark, slightly edgy, full-band setting is perfect for Pernick’s alluring, slightly raspy voice and her evocative, sometimes melancholy songs. Pernick’s imagery is captivating, whether it be the seductive immolation of the obsessive romance in “Brightest Blaze” or the powerful spell cast by childhood memories in “Rain.” Pernick’s melodies are similarly rich and complex, whether it be the restrained Delta blues of “Name of That Bird,” the feedback-driven dirge of “Seven Limbs,” or the warm, major chords that compose “One Way Ticket.” The sole cover is possibly the most achingly beautiful version of “Wild Horses” I’ve ever heard with Horvitz’s grand piano and Timothy Young’s ringing electric guitar weaving circles around Pernick’s world-weary vocal. Two Kinds of Weather casts a powerful spell and is a triumphant return for Karen Pernick." - Dirty Linen Magazine

"Luscious vocals dominate these tracks...a poetic dualism reigns" - Seattle Sound Magazine

"Horvitz and Pernick keep things dark and quiet on these brooding little gems. (Pernick''s) voice sounds like a smoother, mellower Marianne Faithfull...with a weary resignation that approaches a strange state of grace.
... there''s an ominous pressure building in the air, and in the heart of the singer...that mixture of dread and anticipation creates the tension that makes Pernick''s art so compelling." - All Music Guide

"''Two Kinds of Weather'' is the perfect second CD from Seattle singer-songwriter Karen Pernick. …The melancholic opening ''Angie''s Tavern,'' is beautifully drawn out, with fine pedal steel and subtle piano by (producer) Horvitz himself. And, the level throughout this calming album remains high, with the main triumph being Pernick’s voice - - dark and lived-in, yet simultaneously offering a pristine clarity. She sounds seductive in ''Seven Limbs,'' threatening in ''Greater or Less Than,'' and… beautifully contrasting this is the closing track ''Name of the Bird,'' with the lyrics: ''Cry, oh she''s cryin/ the saddest song I''ve ever heard/ cry, oh she''s crying/ wish I knew the name of that bird.'' The name of that bird: Karen Pernick.
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Northwest singer-songwriter Karen Pernick returns with her independent release, Two Kinds of Weather produced by Wayne Horvitz, and engineered and mixed by Tucker Martine (Laura Veirs, Jesse Sykes) and Matt Brown (Trespassers William). A follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Apartment 12 (also produced by Horvitz, released almost 10 years ago) Weather finds Pernick delving deeper; revealing a darker side of her voice and writing.

Pernick''s come a long way from the distinctly folk setting where she got her start, working behind the scenes at one of the country''s most prestigious music venues, The Ark, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For one life-changing year, she spent all waking hours inside the four walls of that club, witnessing first-hand the gifts of musical greats such as Odetta, Ferron, Doc Watson, Jane Siberry and John Prine. Up to that point, she''d been writing songs "in secret," but one Wednesday night, she took the stage at The Ark''s open mic and sang three of her own songs.

Pernick quickly gained attention, garnering several songwriting awards. From there, she went on to tour and play clubs and festivals locally and nationally, from Bumbershoot and Club Passim, to SXSW and ASCAP''s "Quiet on the Set." Her first CD, Apartment 12, began as an independent project with producer Wayne Horvitz and guest artists such as Robin Holcomb, Bill Frisell and Julie Wolf. But after a trip to SXSW with that album''s completed demo in hand, she signed with and later released it on Shanachie Records.

Life took a few twists and turns, and though she continued writing, Pernick took extended time away from playing and recording. Finally, in 2007, eager to record again and committed to self-funding the project, she approached Horvitz about collaborating on a new record. He agreed, and the end result is Two Kinds of Weather, a beautifully crafted album showcasing Pernick''s creative range and compelling vocals. This most recent release has received play locally on Seattle''s KEXP and KBCS.

Additional Press/Reviews:

"With Pernick, whatever is, is right. Melancholy and longing are syncopated to perfection. Her voice goes up that enviable octave or two or three in just the heart-stopping spot. In the title song of her record, Apartment 12, she sings, ‘I wish that I could find a way into that other clear refrain.’ The thing is, that''s exactly what she does." - - The Village Voice

"A kind of gutsiness comes through in her songs, which portray people battling independence, stubborness, and the tenuousness of human connection." - - The Seattle Times

"Pernick learned the art of songwriting from the legends themselves when she worked behind the scenes at the nation''s longest running acoustic music club, The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI. Now a long-time Seattle resident, Pernick has matured into a thoughtful, crafty lyricist with a gift for probing the heart''s contradictory cravings for spiritual communion and independence. Her songs are full of lovely, poetic details and possessed of a cool, unsentimental wisdom... The sophisticated, evocative settings of Apt 12 feature Laura Love, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Julie Wolf, and Wayne Horvitz. " - - from Thom Jureck, "Schoolkid''s Records" "Contemporary Folk Artist of the Year, 1997"

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