Monday, October 11, 2010

WHAT'S YOUR MUSE? Cheyenne Marie Mize

It's time for another edition of "What's Your Muse?"

The concept is simple: We ask a band/artist to choose a song that means a lot/the most to them. Then, they record and send us a video of themselves describing why they chose the song. Think of it like a collaborative video mixtape project.

In this edition, we hear from Cheyenne Marie Mize.

Cheyenne Marie Mize made her international debut last year with the Among the Gold 10" EP, performing a handpicked collection of late 19th century American parlor music with Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Earlier this year, she was a member of the "Dear Companion" tour, supporting Ben Sollee's and Daniel Martin Moore’s collaborative record released on Sub Pop. And while she may have debuted her talents collaborating with others, it's her brand of indie folk that's sure to make her a memorable songwriter.

Tomorrow, Mize releases her debut album, Before Lately, on sonaBLAST records. With hauntingly gorgeous melodies, thoughtful acoustic instrumentation, and warm, rich vocals, her music is easy to get lost in. It's a careful blend of folk and pop that sounds as though it has deep roots in the rich past of Americana. In her submission, Mize shares a song that stirs up quite a bit of emotion for her. It's a rather fitting choice that evokes a similar mood and strength that lay within the fabric of her music. It's a song off of a classic indie folk album that has more than won the right to be referred to as a classic. And in what I hope is a continuing trend, she goes ahead and performs her choice, delivering a chilling and moving solo performance full of raw emotion that illustrates her strong connection with the song.

Neutral Milk Hotel - "Oh Comely"

BUY: You can pick up Cheyenne Marie Mize's new album, Before Lately, on Amazon or Bandcamp. Hear a song from it below featuring entrancing fingerpicked electric guitar, uplifting violin, and lush vocal harmonies.

Cheyenne Marie Mize - "With(out)"

Cheyenne Marie Mize
Official Site

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So talented. So cute.