Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 10:07 am
Kathleen Edwards isn't a flashy singer-songwriter, but her music sticks: Easygoing and accessible, her songs burrow in deep and then stay put. Edwards' new album, Voyageur, wears a lot of sonic flourishes well — it was co-produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who lends it a lot of his distinct shadings — but at its heart lies a sort of unshakable sturdiness. Edwards is just a hell of a songwriter, never showy but nevertheless capable of spinning small moments into grand, universal emotions.
That's made abundantly clear in this gorgeous performance at the NPR Music offices, where Edwards strips four of Voyageur's songs — including the charming single "Change the Sheets," which gets its first-ever acoustic arrangement here — down to their sweet essentials. Backed more than capably by another guitarist (Gord Tough) and a perfectly complementary female voice (Hannah Georgas), Edwards sings these sweet, warm, relatable songs in such a way that they soothe as they nourish.
Producer: Bob Boilen; Editor and Videographer: Michael Katzif; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; photo by Doriane Raiman/NPR