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Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Paperback Lover' by Karlie Bruce

Hear and Now: Stream the new album 'Paperback Lover' by Karlie Bruce Shervin Lainez
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Intimation is Karlie Bruce's metier. Her music doesn't prance, preen or make a ruckus to get your attention. Her voice and songs are the only calling cards she needs.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Bruce now makes her home in New York, where she has been one of many voices of the post-disco big band Escort and has dipped a toe into the jazz world with Matt Wilson and Larry Goldings. For her 2012 released "Paperback Lover," she's surrounded herself with a pretty formidable cast of players, including drummer Brian Chase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, bassist Hagar Ben-Ari of the Dap-Kings and guitarist Chris Parrello of Things I Wonder.

All provide the soundtrack to the spare, lilting, drifting reveries found on the eight-track release. A kindred spirit of both Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and Cat Power, Bruce can write a melody that a jazz singer would adore -- "Tulips" -- stroll with light, acoustic country soul -- "Mule" -- burn with a deep blue flame -- "Paperback Lover" -- while never breaking the single spell cast by her voice, sometimes doubled and tripled in self-harmony, but always front and center. Her voice is what makes the modest "Paperback Lover" so memorable. It's one of the most alluring instruments you'll hear this or any year.

"Paperback Lover" will be released on September 4, 2012 by Karlie Bruce.

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