Nothing in the music of Kris Delmhorst immediately suggests a deep affinity with proto-punk new-wave masters the Cars, and yet a dozen years into a career at the nexus of folk, indie-pop, and Americana, Delmhorst has taken a brief vacation from her own literate songwriting to bring us Cars, a collection of songs by the band that defined an era.
Balancing classic hits and deep cuts, Delmhorst has painstakingly deconstructed every hook-laden arrangement, every unforgettable line, creating a sonic palette inventively recast: Ric Ocasek's herky-jerky bravado is replaced by the amber warmth of Delmhorst's luminescent voice; the processed, synth-heavy aesthetic of the originals is reinvented with an array of organic instruments including fiddle, accordion, upright bass, suitcase drum kit, mandolin, clarinet, penny whistle, and harmonica.
Cars offers recreation in both senses: a joyful lark partnered with serious interpretation, the uncomplicated love of youthful fandom paired with a deep attention to and respect for craft. Kris Delmhorst offers up an exuberant and moving dream of the summer of 1984 painted in new colors; roll down the window and turn it up.
"You Might Think"
|1. You Might Think|
|2. Why Can't I Have You|
|3. Hello Again|
|4. Shake It Uo|
|6. Tonight She Comes|
|8. Just What I Needed|
|9. Getting Through|
|10. You Wear Those Eyes|
|11. My Best Friend's Girl|
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||Minneapolis, MN, US|
Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst at Cedar Cultural Center
||Cedar Rapids, IA, US|
Peter Mulvey with Kris Delmhorst at CSPS
||Evanston, IL, US|
Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey at S.P.A.C.E.
||Madison, WI, US|
Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst at High Noon Saloon
||Allston, MA, US|
Kris Delmhorst with Anders Parker at Brighton Music Hall
||New York, NY, US|
Kris Delmhorst at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
||Seattle, WA, US|
Kris Delmhorst at Columbia City Theater
||San Francisco, CA, US|
Kris Delmhorst at The Chapel
||Santa Cruz, CA, US|
Kris Delmhorst with The Beekeepers at The Crepe Place