Laura Gibson 

The Olympic, Thursday, Jan. 10

The best way to describe Laura Gibson's music is to let her describe herself. In "Domestication," she sings, "I was born a wolf in woman's clothes / Shadow-stained, blue and gray / Tore a hole in every dress I made / Knit our limbs and trim the ivy back / You let me lie in your bed / Saw my hunger, called it tenderness." Those lines, like the rest of Goners (Barsuk Records, 2018), Gibson's latest album, are an ode to grief. Over and over, her deftly woven, atmospheric music—brass and drums one moment, piano and violin the next—is augmented by sharp, poetic lyrics, no doubt honed while in pursuit of her Creative Writing MFA. Sometimes the Oregon singer-songwriter sounds as though she's picking her way through a field of knives; at others, she's stepping note-by-note to a dramatic tango. It's a style-meets-substance approach reminiscent of artists like Vienna Teng, Jaymay and sister duo Fleet Foxes, and when Gibson takes the stage Thursday, Dec. 10, at The Olympic, you can bet she'll spellbind the audience.

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